Washington: When Rehnquist Talks, The Fight Begins

When Rehnquist Talks, The Fight Begins

The White House was surprised last week when Chief Justice WILLIAM REHNQUIST, a Republican of impeccable conservative credentials, criticized the Senate for moving so slowly in confirming the President's nominees to the federal courts. Democrats have been trying for months to spark public anger over the vacancies (now up to 82, about 1 out of 10 judgeships), only to have Senate Republicans lay the problem on Clinton's "activist" choices. Now, with Rehnquist blaming the Senate, Clinton is stepping up the pressure. When Judiciary chairman ORRIN HATCH returns to Washington, he will find as many as 20 more nominations joining the 42...

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