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What’s Hatch Thinking?


The good news is that Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch will expedite the confirmations of most of President Bush’s judicial nominations. I say most because Hatch is definitely putting the brakes on some others. At this morning’s business meeting, Hatch announced he plans to hold more hearings on Justice Priscilla Owen and Judge Charles Pickering. As if giving Schumer & Co. another chance to take pot shots at the nominees will somehow make their confirmation easier. In more positive news, it looks like Miguel Estrada may finally get a committee vote next week.


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