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Sessions Expected to Lead Republican Charge in Supreme Court Nomination

Montgomery, Alabama –

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are set to name conservative Sen.
Jeff Sessions of Alabama as their point man on President Barack
Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
The choice signals that they won't shy away from a fight.
Sessions' rise to the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary
Committee comes more than 20 years after the panel rejected him for
his own federal judgeship during the Reagan administration.
There were concerns that he was hostile toward civil rights and
was racially insensitive.
The choice of Sessions has excited conservatives who see him as
a sharp lawyer with well-established legal views after a career as
a prosecutor and Alabama attorney general.