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For the Sake of My Sanity, I Have Believe this Isn’t True



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From the Washington Times:

The White House was caught off guard yesterday when Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement, forcing top administration officials, who had been readying for the departure of the court’s conservative chief justice, to reconsider its options.

Bush administration officials already have interviewed some top candidates for the nation’s highest court, but the group of contenders were front-runners to replace the ailing, 80-year-old Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, not to fill the seat of the court’s first female justice, who is considered moderate…



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