Today, the confirmation hearings on Samuel Alito's nomination to the United States Supreme Court begin.
One more time, for the record, this is the guy who wrote on a 1985 application for the job of deputy assistant attorney general, "I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to abortion."
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