Uncle Sam's Lawyer: Solicitor General Nomination

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Ted Olson is the attorney who won the Supreme Court case that made George W. Bush President. Now Bush wants to appoint him Solicitor General, the little known but powerful office that supervises and conducts all government litigation before the Supreme Court. But the Senate Judiciary Committee has split along party lines on the nomination in a revival of hostilities from the Clinton era. We learn more about the "the tenth member of the Supreme Court" and whether opposition to Olson is based in ideology or ethics with two former solicitors general and three journalists.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Hill

Human Events

Sen. James Jeffords

The Jordan Times

Los Angeles Times

Palestinian National Authority

Senate Judiciary Committee

US Solicitor General



Warren Olney