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Today’s Washington Post reports Senate Democrats may refrain from attacking John Roberts, allowing him easy confirmation. Here is how the major media was reporting the Clarence Thomas confirmation after Thomas’ initial testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The New York Times
September 14, 1991
THE THOMAS HEARINGS;
Thomas to Win High Court Seat, Senators Predict
By NEIL A. LEWIS

The Washington Post
September 14, 1991
Thomas Gaining Momentum as Week Ends;
Senators’ Gentle Questioning on Fourth Day of Hearings Suggests Doubts May Be Put Aside
By Ruth Marcus

The Associated Press
September 14, 1991
Democrats Admit Thomas Heading Toward Senate Confirmation
By James Rowley

Los Angeles Times
September 14, 1991
Democrats Talk as if Court Seat for Thomas is Assured
By David G. Savage

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
September 14, 1991
Frustrated Democrats take a softer line in questioning Thomas; Even skeptics seem to expect confirmation
By Bob Dart



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