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2005-11-14 12:58:41

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito wrote 20 years ago as a lawyer in the Reagan administration "that the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion," The Washington Times reported on Monday. The paper said it had obtained a copy of a memo in which Alito made the statement and expressed support for policies of the conservative administration of President Ronald Reagan, which opposed abortion rights and racial quotas. The memo...

2005-11-10 17:43:40

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter urged Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Thursday to avoid a potential controversy by promptly explaining why he ruled in two cases involving firms that helped managed Alito's investments. In a letter, Specter said his committee had consulted two judicial experts and he believed there was "no impropriety on your part." Alito has served on a federal appeals court for 15 years. But...

2005-11-09 18:42:32

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats on Wednesday stepped up their scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's role in a 2002 case that they say could pose a possible conflict of interest. When Alito became a federal appeals court judge in 1990, he promised to recuse himself from cases involving Vanguard mutual funds, because he had personal investments through the company. Yet he participated in a case decided in 2002 involving Vanguard. Several Democrats...

2005-11-09 15:58:35

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito courted Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday, winning admiration from one Midwest moderate after a far-ranging discussion on morality, values and religion. Kent Conrad of North Dakota said he was impressed by Alito's intellectual firepower and that barring any unexpected disclosures he would not support a Democratic attempt to filibuster President George W. Bush's nominee. Alito's nomination is...

2005-11-09 14:00:13

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court questioned on Wednesday whether disabled prisoners who suffer discrimination can sue states for damages for violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Reflecting the court's close split in recent years on the rights of states to be free from certain lawsuits, justices asked whether Congress in adopting the disabilities act in 1990 clearly revoked state sovereign immunity from lawsuits for damages. The case...

2005-10-31 16:02:49

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, reeling from an array of political troubles, patched up a rift with conservatives by nominating Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court on Monday but set up a bruising battle with Democrats over the court's future. The choice of the conservative Alito drew quick praise from the right and condemnation from the left, which said a weakened Bush had placed a higher priority on healing a divided...

2005-10-31 14:36:04

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, reeling from an array of political troubles, patched up a rift with conservatives by nominating Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court on Monday but set up a bruising battle with Democrats over the court's future. The choice of the conservative Alito drew quick praise from the right and condemnation from the left, which said a weakened Bush had placed a higher priority on healing a divided...

2005-10-31 06:43:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will nominate U.S. appeals court judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a congressional aide told Reuters. The announcement is to be made early Monday at the White House. Alito, 55, is considered a conservative in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia. He would replace White House counsel Harriet Miers who withdrew her name from consideration last week under...

2005-10-31 06:24:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will nominate on Monday U.S. federal appeals court judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, CNN reported. Alito, 55, is sometimes given the nickname "Scalito" -- a comparison to Scalia, who shares his Italian heritage as well as his reputation for conservatism and a strong intellect. He is a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

2005-10-21 12:51:17

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite complaints that some sessions have not gone well, the White House said on Friday U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers will keep meeting with U.S. senators before her confirmation hearing next month. "She had meetings last week, this week and will have more next week," said spokesman Jim Dyke, denying a published report that the White House had ended her get-acquainted tour. These sessions have elicited several tepid reviews of...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.