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2005-11-03 19:55:53

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday brushed aside White House requests for an early hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito and scheduled hearings and a vote in January. "It simply wasn't possible to accommodate the schedule that the White House wanted: before Christmas. It just couldn't be done. We have to do it right. We can't do it fast," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican,...

2005-11-03 18:42:14

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brushing aside White House requests for a vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito before Christmas, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday scheduled hearings and a vote in January. "It simply wasn't possible to accommodate the schedule that the White House wanted: before Christmas. It just couldn't be done. We have to do it right. We can't do it fast," said Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican,...

2005-11-02 18:50:18

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading Senate Democrat on Wednesday questioned the independence of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito but several members of a key bipartisan group of senators praised the conservative judge. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said he was worried because right-wing groups had immediately embraced Alito after forcing President George W. Bush's prior nominee, Harriet Miers, to withdraw because they were...

2005-11-01 17:19:08

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With interest groups across the spectrum gearing for a battle over conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, the fate of the nominee may well rest in the hands of the Senate's bipartisan "gang of 14." The "gang" of mostly centrists, striving to reduce tensions over President George W. Bush's conservative judicial nominees, won't gather until Thursday to discuss Alito. But one Republican member, Mike DeWine of Ohio, called Alito a...

2005-10-30 20:16:13

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is expected to announce his new nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday as he tries to battle back from a series of difficult developments last week. White House officials were not talking about who Bush had in mind for the nomination to replace loyalist Harriet Miers, who withdrew from consideration last week under withering attack from conservatives within Bush's own Republican Party. But Republicans close to...

2005-10-28 11:19:00

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, after the stinging failure to get Harriet Miers on the U.S. Supreme Court due to a conservative rebellion, looked for a new nominee on Friday and aides expected him to announce his choice in a matter of days. White House spokesman Scott McClellan ruled out an announcement on Friday. Other sources pointed to Monday for a possible announcement, and at any rate expected Bush to name someone before he departs Thursday on...

2005-10-28 11:38:35

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, after the stinging failure to get Harriet Miers on the U.S. Supreme Court due to a conservative rebellion, looked for a new nominee on Friday and aides expected him to announce his choice in a matter of days. White House spokesman Scott McClellan ruled out an announcement on Friday. Other sources pointed to Monday for a possible announcement, and at any rate expected Bush to name someone before he departs Thursday on...

2005-10-27 15:30:21

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is expected to focus his search for a new Supreme Court nominee on a core group of conservative judges and abandon an attempt to find someone not already a judge, legal analysts said on Thursday. Bush had plucked his little-known White House counsel, Harriet Miers, out of obscurity for the nomination, saying he hoped a non-judge would add perspective to the high court. But the nomination set off a battle with...

2005-10-27 14:17:43

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The withdrawal of Harriet Miers' Supreme Court nomination dealt another blow to a reeling White House on Thursday but short-circuited a political fight with conservative allies that a weakened President George W. Bush could not afford. With his conservative base in an uproar over Miers, Bush removed a growing political headache by accepting her withdrawal one day before top administration officials face possible...

2005-10-27 08:36:56

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, White House counsel Harriet Miers, abruptly withdrew from consideration on Thursday after fierce criticism from the right and the left about her credentials for the lifetime job. Bush said in a statement he reluctantly accepted her withdrawal and would move in a timely manner to fill the vacancy left open by the pending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In a...


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