Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Congratulations, Justice Alito

Senate Confirms Alito to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. became the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, confirmed with one of the most partisan victories in modern history after a fierce battle over the future direction of the high court.

The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito - a former federal appellate judge, U.S. attorney, and conservative lawyer for the Reagan administration from New Jersey - as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a moderate swing vote on the court.

All but one of the Senate's majority Republicans voted for his confirmation, while all but four of the Democrats voted against Alito.

The one Republican voting against Alito was Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. The four Democrats voting for Alito were from states President Bush carried in the 2000 and 2004 elections - Nelson (NE), Conrad (ND), Johnson (SD), Byrd (WV) (from FoxNews).

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