September 22, 2005
Sends Roberts Nomination to Full Senate
In a 13-5 vote Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended
that Judge John Roberts' nomination to serve as chief justice
of the United States be approved by the full Senate.
Kwame Holman reports on the committee action.
September 15, 2005
Roberts Tries to Address Concerns of Skeptical Democrats
For the third consecutive day, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary
Committee grilled chief justice nominee John Roberts on his views
of affirmative action, civil rights and big business, trying to
get at his personal, rather than legal, view of the law.
Later in the afternoon, senators heard from legal experts, policy
advocates and friends of the nominee.
Although Democrats expressed frustration with the lack of specific
information on where Roberts stands on issues like abortion and
congressional authority, experts predict the committee and the
full Senate will likely approve the nominee perhaps as early as
Correspondent Kwame Holman recaps the fourth day of hearings.
Analysts Tom Oliphant and David Brooks grade John Roberts' performance
during his appearance.
Oliphant and Brooks, the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and
the Chicago Tribune's Jan Crawford Greenburg discuss how effective
Roberts was in making his case to wavering Democrats.