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2006-01-24 15:49:17

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on Tuesday to approve President George W. Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, moving the 55-year-old conservative a step closer toward confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate. With 10 Republicans voting yes and eight Democrats voting no, the committee sent the nomination to the 100-member Senate. The full chamber is to begin debate on Wednesday, with a...

2006-01-24 15:25:00

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved President George W. Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, moving the 55-year-old conservative a step closer toward confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate. On a party-line vote of 10-8, the committee sent the nomination of Alito to the 100-member Senate. The full chamber is to begin debate on Wednesday, with a confirmation vote as early as the end of...

2006-01-24 12:52:04

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved President George W. Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, moving the 55-year-old conservative a step closer toward confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate. On a party-line vote of 10-8, the committee sent the nomination of Alito to the 100-member Senate. The full chamber is to begin debate on Wednesday, with a confirmation vote as early as the end of...

2006-01-24 10:48:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate floor debate on a bill to create a $140 billion fund to compensate asbestos victims will begin on February 6, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said on Tuesday. "That's the day we will open the arguments on, opening statements on asbestos," Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said at a committee meeting. He is co-sponsor of the asbestos bill along with Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. Asbestos, a fibrous mineral, was widely...

2006-01-24 09:55:32

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate floor debate on a bill to create a $140 billion fund to compensate asbestos victims will begin on February 6, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said on Tuesday. "That's the day we will open the arguments on, opening statements on asbestos," Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said at a committee meeting. He is co-sponsor of the asbestos bill along with Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.

2006-01-15 13:21:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into President George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said Bush in theory could face impeachment charges if found to have violated the law by authorizing the program, but he did not endorse that approach and had heard no serious talk of it. News of the...

2006-01-14 11:52:50

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday called for a prompt Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, playing down Democratic concerns that he could tilt the high court too far to the right. Bush, in his weekly radio address, emphasized Alito's judicial experience, saying the judge approached the law in a "thoughtful, fair, and open-minded way" and would not impose his personal views. "His record shows that he strictly and fairly interprets the...

2006-01-13 16:13:18

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito picked up the endorsement of a key Republican on Friday and Democrats were running out of options to block Senate confirmation of a judge they fear would tilt the court too far to the political right. Five days of Senate Judiciary Committee consideration ended with Chairman Arlen Specter announcing his support for President George W. Bush's nomination of Alito for the high court. The Pennsylvania...

2006-01-13 16:08:23

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Friday he will testify in a Senate hearing to give the administration's legal justification for a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks. News last month of the covert domestic spying program sparked an outcry by Democrats and Republicans, with many lawmakers and rights groups questioning whether it violates the U.S....

2006-01-13 14:54:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter on Friday announced he would vote to confirm Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. "I intend to vote to support Judge Alito's nomination as associate justice of the Supreme Court," said the Pennsylvania Republican at the conclusion of his committee's confirmation hearing. Specter, a moderate who supports legalized abortion, announced his support of Alito, a conservative appeals court judge who was grilled...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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