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2006-01-24 04:51:16

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative federal appeals judge Samuel Alito appeared likely on Tuesday to move a step closer toward Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, which he could end up pushing to the right. The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to split along party lines, 10-8, in urging approval by the Republican-led Senate of President George W. Bush's 55-year-old candidate. The full 100-member Senate was to begin debate on Wednesday, with a...

2006-01-23 17:02:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday told opponents of abortion their views would eventually prevail and urged them to work to convince more Americans of "the rightness of our cause." On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established federal abortion rights, Bush addressed activists by telephone from Manhattan, Kansas, and called their goals noble. "We, of course, seek common ground where possible," he said. "We're...

2006-01-23 17:46:58

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Public support for Senate confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito grew slightly to 54 percent after his often stormy Senate hearing, a poll released on Monday showed. The CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey also found that only about one in three Americans believe President George W. Bush's conservative candidate would vote, as critics fear, to reverse the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The Senate Judiciary...

2006-01-23 17:45:00

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush on Monday told opponents of abortion their views would eventually prevail and urged them to work to convince more Americans of "the rightness of our cause." On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established federal abortion rights, Bush addressed activists by telephone from Manhattan, Kansas, and called their goals noble. "We, of course, seek common ground where possible," he said. "We're working to persuade...

2006-01-19 14:20:06

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three top Senate Democrats said on Thursday they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito because they fear he would not provide an effective check to what they described as President George W. Bush's bid for expanded power. While Alito appeared headed toward confirmation by the Republican-led Senate, Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts made the case against Bush's...

2006-01-18 10:23:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court, in its first abortion decision since 2000, sent a case back for more hearings on a New Hampshire law requiring notification of a parent before a minor can end her pregnancy. "We do not revisit our abortion precedents today," retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote for the court in the 10-page opinion. She said that invalidating the entire law, as a U.S. appeals court had done, is not always necessary or justified in cases...

2006-01-17 22:02:12

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a moderate voice in the U.S. Congress, on Tuesday became the first Senate Democrat to announce his support for conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, who is expected to be confirmed later this month by the full Republican-led Senate. "I have decided to vote in favor of Judge Samuel Alito," Nelson said in a statement issued by his office. "I came to this decision after careful consideration of his impeccable...

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...

2006-01-12 15:01:23

By Thomas Ferraro and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito seemed headed for Senate confirmation on Thursday after finishing more than 18 hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he defended his record against skeptical Democrats. Alito said if confirmed he would seek to emulate retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's dedication and dignity, but declined to say if he would demonstrate the same centrist views. While the full...

2006-01-12 14:36:46

By Thomas Ferraro and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito seemed headed for Senate confirmation on Thursday after finishing more than 18 hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he defended his record against skeptical Democrats. Alito said if confirmed he would seek to emulate retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's dedication and dignity, but declined to say if he would demonstrate the same centrist views. While the full...