Democratic senators on Wednesday stepped up their attacks on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr., trying to find holes in his explanation for his membership in a conservative Princeton alumni group and trying to pin Alito down on whether he still believes there was no constitutional right to an abortion.

It was the third day of hearings for the 55-year-old judge, who sits on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Alito maintained the cautious monotone he displayed the day before, when the 18 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee began their interrogation, calmly answering questions that, in some cases, had been asked three and four times before.

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