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2006-06-05 14:59:34

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether race can be used as a factor in deciding which students are admitted to specific public schools, the first time President George W. Bush's two appointees will rule on a racial issue. Taking up a politically charged issue in an election year, the justices agreed to decide whether the need for diversity justified using race as a factor to determine which elementary and secondary public...

2006-06-05 09:58:53

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether race can be used as a tie-breaking factor in public high school admissions, the first time that President George W. Bush's two appointees will rule on a racial issue. Taking up the politically charged issue in an election year, the justices agreed to decide whether racial diversity represented a compelling government interest that can justify the use of race in selecting students for...

2006-03-22 11:17:58

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the police cannot enter a home and seize evidence without a warrant when one occupant agreed to the search after the other occupant refused permission. By a 5-3 vote, the high court said the husband's refusal in a case from Georgia was clear, making the search unreasonable and invalid, despite his wife's approval for it. The narrowly written ruling was a defeat for the state of Georgia and...

2006-01-31 18:14:59

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Samuel Alito was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, surviving one of the narrowest Senate confirmation votes in a century to become the second conservative put on the court by President Bush. Alito took the constitutional and judicial oaths from Chief Justice John Roberts, Bush's first Supreme Court appointee, in a private ceremony at the court, a spokeswoman said. Bush appointed Roberts and Alito after promising to select...

2006-01-31 16:46:17

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Samuel Alito was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday after a divided Senate confirmed the second conservative selected by President George W. Bush in his effort to move the high court to the right. Chief Justice John Roberts, Bush's first Supreme Court nominee, administered the constitutional and judicial oaths in a private ceremony at the court, a spokeswoman said. Just hours earlier, the sharply divided Senate confirmed...

2006-01-31 08:59:46

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative federal appeals court judge Samuel Alito appeared certain to win Senate confirmation on Tuesday as President George W. Bush's second successful nominee to the Supreme Court. Following several days of debate, the Senate was to vote on Alito, who could move the high court to the right. Alito had a commitment from a required simple majority of senators to be approved. But the vote was certain to be largely along party lines and...

2006-01-30 13:00:07

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island on Monday became the first Senate Republican to say he will oppose U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito but the conservative judge remained headed toward confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate. "I am a pro-choice (abortion rights), pro-environment, pro-Bill of Rights Republican and I will be voting against this nomination," said Chafee, a moderate up for re-election in a state that opposed Bush for...

2006-01-28 11:52:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday quoted Democratic praise for Samuel Alito in an effort to deter some in the party who want to block nomination of the conservative appeals judge to the U.S. Supreme Court. Alito is virtually certain to be confirmed next week by the full Republican-led Senate on a largely party-line vote. He could move the country's highest court to the right on abortion and other social issues. Several prominent Democrats have called...

2006-01-27 15:22:11

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he and fellow Democrats lack the votes to block President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The concession reinforced the virtual certainty that Alito will be confirmed next week by the full Republican-led Senate on a largely party-line vote. Alito joining the nation's highest court could move it to the right on abortion and other...

2006-01-27 12:38:07

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he and fellow Democrats lack the votes to block President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. "Everyone knows there is not enough votes to support a filibuster," Reid said, referring to the procedural roadblock that some Democrats said should be used to put off a vote on Alito. The Nevada Democrat said, however, he would vote for...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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