Kagan Defends Her Decision At Harvard On Military Recruitment

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday morning vigorously defended her decision as dean of Harvard Law School to briefly bar military recruiters from the school's career services office because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. Kagan's actions regarding military recruiting at Harvard have for weeks loomed as Republicans' leading point of criticism of her nomination, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, wasted no time in homing in on the issue in the first morning of questioning at Kagan's confirmation hearing. In a stream of hard-edged questions, he accused Kagan of violating federal law and denigrating the military in deciding to bar recruiters from the law school's career services office in late 2004 and early 2005. "The actions you took helped created a climate not healthy to the military on campus," Sessions said. "You were taking steps to treat them in a second-class way and not give them the same equal access b