Judicial Nominees Face Showdown in the US Senate

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In the US Senate this week, Republicans are threatening the so-called "nuclear option," and Democrats are threatening to shut down the Senate. It-s all about President Bush's re-appointment of judicial nominees the Democrats blocked last year as "extremists.- The "nuclear option- would change the rules on filibuster, to prevent that from happening again. Not just partisan posturing, its a preliminary skirmish in what could become a major Constitutional battle over control of the US Supreme Court for decades to come. We hear more from political correspondents, historians, political watchdogs, and advocates on both sides, including the former While House counsel to President Bush, Sr.
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Duelfer Report on Iraq's WMD

New York Times/CBS Poll on Americans' priorities on Iraq, other issues

Filibuster and Cloture, US Senate on

Gray on judicial filibusters

Federalist Society on judicial nominations

Heilemann's article on Republicans' fight to end filibusters

People for the American Way on judicial independence

Senator John McCain on Fox News Sunday

Senator Bill Frist

UN Environmental Program's post-tsunami environmental assessment on Somalia



Warren Olney