The Ashcroft Battle: Confirmation Fight

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES...

When John Ashcroft faces his former Senate colleagues, the Judiciary Committee's Democrats will come armed with his past. Liberal groups have been kind enough to send them every detail of his record. Their No. 1 concern--like that of many Americans polled by TIME/CNN--is whether he will enforce laws he doesn't agree with. Here's a preview of what the Democrats will grill him on:

Civil Rights

The million-dollar question: Why did Ashcroft lead the charge to defeat Justice Ronnie White's nomination to the federal bench? Because White was soft on the death penalty? Because he was black? Or...

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