Judging US Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito

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President Bush's latest nominee is a mainstream conservative to supporters, but liberal opponents call him a dangerous ideologue way to the right of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The American Bar Association, no special friend of the Bush White House, gives Alito its highest recommendation, but his opponents say their concerns go all the way back to his application for work in the Justice Department of President Ronald Reagan. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its hearings on Alito, who has been making judicial decisions for 15 years. The hearings were expected to zero in on abortion, minority rights and the separation of church and state, but recent revelations of unauthorized spying have raised the question of checks on presidential power. We get a preview of next week's debate.
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