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Today's Congressional Briefing is a bit late, because we wanted to wait until Sen. Sam Brownback had had his chance this morning to question Sam Alito during Alito's confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court.Well, Brownback's had his chance.[The Washington Post reports:][1] "Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) used most of his time as a forum to criticize the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the right to an abortion in 1973 and has been affirmed numerous times since."Brownback told Alito that justices should not always vote to uphold prior court decisions just because they are so-called 'super-duper precedents.' Sometimes, he said, the court gets it wrong, as it did in upholding the separate but equal doctrine in the Plessy case. ..."Alito calmly gazed at the senator, waiting for a question."Brownback also quizzed Alito on his record on issues involving the separation of church and state. In 15 years as a judge on the 3rd Circuit court of appeals, Alito has consistently ruled in favor of more religious expression in the public square."[AP adds:][2] "Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said some Supreme Court decisions are indefensible and invite reconsideration. The court, Brownback said, had revisited some 200 cases for that very reason.'Some precedents are undeserving of respect,' he said.For updated stories today regarding Sam Brownback's questioning of Sam Alito, see [here.][3]How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][4] [1]: http://www.yahoo.com/ [2]: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/11/ap/politics/mainD8F2IGHG4.shtml [3]: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr=&client=safari&rls=en&tab=wn&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22sam+brownback%22+alito [4]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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