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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...

2006-01-12 13:17:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito completed his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday after frustrated Democrats took a final crack at getting more definitive answers from the 55-year-old conservative. President George W. Bush's nominee appeared headed toward confirmation later this month by the full Republican-led Senate, but more than half the Democrats were expected to oppose him. Following three days of questioning of Alito, the...

2006-01-12 12:47:26

By Thomas Ferraro and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats pressed a final time for more definitive answers from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Thursday as a third round of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee neared completion. Alito said if confirmed he would seek to emulate retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's dedication and dignity, but repeatedly declined to say he would demonstrate the same centrist views. The conservative Alito headed...

2006-01-12 10:38:05

By Thomas Ferraro and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats pressed a final time for more definitive answers from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito as a third day of questioning got under way before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The conservative Alito headed toward anticipated confirmation, however, despite continued wrangling with Democrats who fear he will steer the nation's highest court to the right on abortion, civil rights and other issues. Judiciary Committee...

2006-01-11 16:27:21

By Thomas Ferraro and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito faced more aggressive questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday from Democrats who accused him of evasive answers and challenged his commitment to keep an "open mind" on abortion. While President George W. Bush's conservative nominee appeared headed for confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate later this month, several Democrats made it clear that after a...

2006-01-11 14:51:05

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - Roman Catholics would be the majority on the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time if Samuel Alito is confirmed -- a historically remarkable prospect in a country where "papists" were once taught in state schools that their faith was a lie. But so far the development has passed for little more than a curiosity, reflecting how politics trumps religion when it comes to appointments to America's highest court, experts say. Alito and the Catholics...

2006-01-11 13:50:20

By Thomas Ferraro and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito sought on Wednesday to ease fears that he would seek to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, but Democrats said they were not convinced. At the third day of his Senate confirmation hearing, Alito again was questioned about the divisive issue, with one Republican senator noting that the high court has reversed itself on other controversial matters, particularly...

2006-01-11 10:54:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Senate Democrat told U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Wednesday that he remained concerned that Alito could be the deciding vote to reverse the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Speaking on the third day of Alito's Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois made it clear he was not satisfied with Alito's vow to treat abortion cases with "an open mind." Durbin, the assistant Senate Democratic leader, said he was troubled...

2006-01-11 11:00:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Senate Democrat told U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Wednesday that he remained concerned that Alito could be the deciding vote to reverse the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Speaking on the third day of Alito's Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois made it clear he was not satisfied with Alito's vow to treat abortion cases with "an open mind." Durbin, the assistant Senate Democratic leader, said he was troubled...


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