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December 12, 2000
Text of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Monday, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks, Inc.: * CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST: We'll hear argument now in number 00949, George W. Bush and Richard Cheney vs. Albert Gore, et al. Before we begin the arguments, the court wishes to commend all of the parties to this case on their exemplary briefing under very trying circumstances. We greatly appreciate it. Mr. Olson? THEODORE B. OLSON, lawyer for the Bush campaign: Mr. Chief Justice, thank you.
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February 15, 2001 | Associated Press
House Democrats unveiled a task force Wednesday to look into voting problems in last year's election, as political maneuvering held up the launch of a bipartisan effort to delve into the same issue. House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri named Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, a member of the Black Congressional Caucus, to chair the task force, an appointment that underscored the importance of the issue to black voters.
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December 2, 2000
DALE BOSLEY, marshal of the Supreme Court: The honorable, the chief justice and the associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. All persons having business before the honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the court is now sitting. God save the United States and this honorable court. CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST: We'll hear argument this morning in Number 00836, George W. Bush v.
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February 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A research firm hired by news organizations began surveying an estimated 180,000 ballots that did not register a vote for president in an effort to create an independent record of the disputed election. The statewide review by the National Opinion Research Center, a nonprofit firm affiliated with the University of Chicago, is expected to take at least eight weeks and to cost $500,000.
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March 6, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two-term Republican Sen. Connie Mack will not seek reelection in 2000, sources close to the senator said Friday. Mack, 58, already has told close friends and family members of his decision, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. Deputy press secretary Bethany Rogers said Mack will make an announcement Monday in Washington on his future. The sources said Mack would return to Florida to formally announce his resignation plans March 13 in his hometown of Fort Myers.
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February 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A research firm hired by news organizations began surveying an estimated 180,000 ballots that did not register a vote for president in an effort to create an independent record of the disputed election. The statewide review by the National Opinion Research Center, a nonprofit firm affiliated with the University of Chicago, is expected to take at least eight weeks and to cost $500,000.
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February 15, 2001 | Associated Press
House Democrats unveiled a task force Wednesday to look into voting problems in last year's election, as political maneuvering held up the launch of a bipartisan effort to delve into the same issue. House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri named Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, a member of the Black Congressional Caucus, to chair the task force, an appointment that underscored the importance of the issue to black voters.
NEWS
December 6, 2000
Developments Tuesday in the contested presidential election recount: * COURTS * In Tallahassee, Fla., the state Supreme Court scheduled a Thursday hearing of Gore's appeal, which seeks to count 14,000 disputed ballots by hand. * In Atlanta, the U.S. Appeals Court heard arguments in two separate but related appeals from Bush supporters fighting manual recounts. Democrats argued a ruling is unnecessary because recounts are finished and Bush has been certified the winner in Florida.
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December 6, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican statehouse leaders Tom Feeney and John McKay emerged from the shadows for the first time in days Tuesday but neither made it any clearer when--or if--they would call a special session of the Florida Legislature. House Speaker Feeney, who has been pushing for lawmakers to get involved and cement the electoral delegates already certified for Texas Gov. George W. Bush, initially sounded as if he had backed down from his "I got my helmet on, I'm ready to go" approach.
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December 6, 2000 | JANET HOOK and NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The battle for the White House echoed in the halls of Congress on Tuesday as the two would-be vice presidents tried to rally their political bases for the stretch drive of the legal and political fight between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Dick Cheney, Bush's running mate, was careful not to present himself as vice president-presumptive but spent most of his time with GOP lawmakers talking about assembling a Cabinet. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.
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February 3, 2001 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a mildly worded criticism of her conservative colleagues, said this week that the justices should have exercised "restraint" in December and stayed out of the Florida vote recount battle. Instead, the court, on a 5-4 vote, agreed to hear an emergency appeal from George W. Bush and then stopped the hand recount sought by Vice President Al Gore.
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December 21, 2000 | David G. Savage and Henry Weinstein, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the week since the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the presidential race, the ruling has attracted harsh criticism from many legal scholars and passionate defenses from others. Critics say the five justices in the majority decided what result they wanted to reach--an end to ballot recounts--and then cobbled together a weak rationale to get there.
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December 14, 2000 | DOYLE McMANUS and ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As late as 10 p.m. Tuesday, Al Gore thought he still had a chance--a chance that one of the "swing" justices on the Supreme Court might move his way and bring his campaign back to life. "I've been back from the dead a couple of times," he told an old friend. "Maybe all is not lost." But by 2 a.m. EST Wednesday, when Gore went to bed after a harrowing night, the Democratic nominee knew he had almost certainly lost his long battle for the presidency, advisors said.
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December 14, 2000 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours after word filtered out that Al Gore would concede the election Wednesday, the war flared anew at Macy's handbag counter in Manhattan. "This election was stolen, because the fix was in for Bush all along at the Supreme Court," said Gloria Sloane, a Long Island homemaker. "Nothing has been resolved, and millions still feel angry, like there's been a death in the family." Passing Sloane in the aisle, tourist Richard Smith overheard her and snapped: "Gore lost, lady. Let's move on, OK?"
NEWS
December 12, 2000
After five weeks of uncertainty, here's what appears to be upcoming in the presidential election. * Today: Analysts debate whether this date is the deadline, or a guideline, for states to name their electors to the electoral college if they want to shield them from subsequent challenges. After this date, Congress may not be obligated to accept a state's electors. After Florida certified George W. Bush as the state's winner, Florida Gov.
NEWS
December 12, 2000
Text of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Monday, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks, Inc.: * CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST: We'll hear argument now in number 00949, George W. Bush and Richard Cheney vs. Albert Gore, et al. Before we begin the arguments, the court wishes to commend all of the parties to this case on their exemplary briefing under very trying circumstances. We greatly appreciate it. Mr. Olson? THEODORE B. OLSON, lawyer for the Bush campaign: Mr. Chief Justice, thank you.
NEWS
December 2, 2000
There were numerous references at Friday's Supreme Court hearing to "3 U.S.C., 5" or "3 U.S.C." or simply "Section 5." The lawyers and justices were referring to Title 3 of the U.S. Code, Section 5, which states that any election dispute must be resolved in accordance with laws enacted prior to election day. The law: * TITLE 3 THE PRESIDENT * CHAPTER 1--PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND VACANCIES * Section 5.
NEWS
December 2, 2000
Among the dignitaries attending Friday's hearing: * Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK * Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) * Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. of Tennessee * Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) * Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, leader of Gore's legal team. * Former Secretary of Commerce Bill Daley, Gore campaign chairman who would be expected to be prominent in a Gore administration.
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December 8, 2000 | DOYLE McMANUS and JOEL HAVEMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even if the Florida Supreme Court gives Al Gore everything he is seeking, he might not pick up enough votes from recounted ballots to overtake George W. Bush and become the next president, according to statistical analyses by The Times and independent scholars. Despite claims from some Democrats that a hand recount in Miami-Dade County would put Vice President Gore over the top, projections by statisticians and The Times suggest that might not be the case.
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December 7, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On the eve of a climactic Florida Supreme Court hearing, state Republican lawmakers Wednesday forged ahead with a special session to short-circuit Democratic legal challenges and ensure George W. Bush the White House. With the tacit approval of Bush's younger brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, legislators scheduled the unprecedented session for Friday.
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