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When he was nominated to an appellate court in 1990, Democrats praised Samuel Alito as an apolitical public servant and Senate confirmation was unanimous. That was then, this is now. Yesterday, when President Bush nominated him to the US Supreme Court, Judge Alito had amassed what Harriet Miers had not: more than 240 opinions, including 41 dissents, in issues ranging from civil and states' rights, gun control and abortion. Conservatives and liberals are ready to wage political warfare. How conservative are Alito's legal opinions? Is he an ideologue or a careful scholar? What are the prospects for a Senate filibuster? We take a look first at Alito's legal record and at the politics of the confirmation process.
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President Bush outlines preparations, response for pandemic influenza

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

President Bush nominates Judge Samuel Alito to Supreme Court

Profile of Judge Samuel Alito, Jr.

President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform

Final Report of Tax Reform Panel

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