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A cool nominee sidesteps hot issues

WASHINGTON - Under intense pressure at his nationally televised Senate hearing yesterday, Judge John G. Roberts Jr. never lost his cool and never gave an inch. He was soft-spoken, even-tempered and smoothly evasive through a long day of questioning. Politely but resolutely, he refused to let senators bait him into offering his views on emotional legal issues while avoiding mistakes that might have impeded his smooth sail to confirmation as chief justice. President Bush's first Supreme Court nominee presented himself as a moderate conservative, an old-fashioned judge who believes cases should be decided from bottom-up facts, rather than from an overarching, top-down ideology. While...

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