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President Bush close to picking next Supreme Court nominee

[JURIST] White House spokesperson Scott McClellan said [official transcript] Tuesday that President Bush is close to completing the process of picking the next Supreme Court nominee. According to McClellan, the President has met with 50 Senators, including all but one member of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [members roster]. He is currently expected to announce his choice to replace retirring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [Wikipedia profile], shortly after the Senate votes on confirming Judge John Roberts, Jr. [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] as Chief Justice on Thursday. AP has more.

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