Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan opened her confirmation hearing Monday saying she would make only one pledge: that she would listen to others with an open mind.
"I'll make you another," Kagan told Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Wednesday as her testimony neared an end. "I'll re-read the Federalist papers."
Count that as a minor victory for Coburn, one of the Senate’s most conservative members. He frequently cites passages from the Federalist papers promoting a limited federal government, quoting one of them, James Madison’s No. 44, to Kagan on Tuesday.
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