Even his closest friends say Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. is a shyer, blander version of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Be that as it may, Alito's Senate confirmation hearings, which begin this week, are likely to be anything but dull. After a long holiday truce, the battle over Alito's nomination has flared up again. What had once shaped up as a one-note debate over abortion rights has been overtaken by a range of other issues, most notably executive branch power.
A Field Guide to the Alito Confirmation Hearings
January 9, 2006