War waged over Bush nominees
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MAY 4, 2001

Democrats who are promising to block Bush's judicial nominees on Thursday extended their blackout to two Department of Justice apointees, including Theodore B. Olson as Solicitor General.

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee said they won't agree to a vote on Olson or Larry Thompson as Deputy Attorney General. The move is a challenge to Republicans, whom Democrats say are changing the way the Senate approves judges on the federal bench.

The committee has previously held hearings for Olson. As Solicitor, he'd represent the United States before the Supreme Court and also be the one who normally decides what cases the nation will pursue before the Court.

Olson represented Bush on the election cases last fall. He also argued successfully the case of Harold "Freddy" Rice, whose challenge to Native Hawaiian programs in Hawaii has lead to widespread changes in the state.

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