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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | April 15, 1992
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the only major civil rights group to back Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court, has come out against him.At its meeting in Baltimore yesterday, the SCLC board took a unanimous vote of "no confidence" in Justice Thomas, the court's only black member.The group said in a strongly worded resolution that it was "profoundly disturbed" by his decisions since he joined the court five months ago after a bruising confirmation battle."Justice Clarence Thomas has failed to demonstrate the compassion, sensitivity, independence and intellectual courage . . . that was the prayer of the SCLC," the group said.
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By Lyle Denniston | November 13, 1994
After three years, the curtain has been lifted teasingly again on one of America's most sordid bits of political theater: the peep show that was the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill matter. The main actors remain the same, and, perhaps sadly, the mystery simply runs on, unsolved and -- dare it be said -- unsolvable.The latest production, two new books, brings back the bad aroma of this X-rated affair, which sullied everyone it touched even while raising consciousness over sexual harassment. But these two volumes don't clarify anything of real importance.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | April 15, 1992
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the only major civil rights group to back Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court, yesterday came out against him.Meeting in Baltimore, the SCLC board took a unanimous vote of "no confidence" in Justice Thomas, the court's only black member.The group said in a strongly worded resolution that it was "profoundly disturbed" by his decisions since he joined the court five months ago after a bruising confirmation battle."Justice Clarence Thomas has failed to demonstrate the compassion, sensitivity, independence and intellectual courage . . . that was the prayer of the SCLC," the group said.
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By Anna Quindlen | April 27, 1993
ONE OF the most enduring socio-political mysteries of the 20th century for many Americans will surely be the question of what really happened between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. Now along comes a whodunit entitled "The Real Anita Hill" that claims to clear things up.It doesn't.The thesis of this inquiry into the forces behind the woman who accused the man who was confirmed by the Senate to sit on the Supreme Court is that her supporters were wrong about her from beginning to end. The author, David Brock, posits a case that is part mistaken identity, part vendetta.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | August 1, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The tide has not turned against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas -- at least not yet -- but the waters of opposition rose noticeably yesterday and apparently will soon start spreading from Washington into grass-roots America.The strong and unqualified commitments to oppose Judge Thomas by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the AFL-CIO set the stage, strategists within the opposition said, for a spreading challenge from scores of organizations that make up the civil rights community.
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July 23, 1991
How does Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Maryland's only black member of Congress, assess the Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court? In a meeting yesterday with Sun editorial writers, the Baltimore lawmaker made these assertions:* It is his "gut feeling" that Judge Thomas, a black conservative nominated to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall, will be confirmed.* The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, taking the same path as the National Urban League, will wind up taking no position ("the best position for civil rights organizations")
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | July 31, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Courtney Harris Funn and Mary E. Fields, a couple of Maryland Democrats not normally involved in national politics, got caught up yesterday in the Bush administration's fast-moving campaign to make its case for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.Their names showed up on a list of 176 women banded together in a hastily formed group, "Women for Judge Thomas." Their recruitment into the group illustrates the close attention the administration is giving to details of its effort to make sure the public message America hears about the nominee is not just a negative one.Using "networking" among friends and organizations, the administration is hastily assembling pro-Thomas groups and arranging pro-Thomas events.
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August 12, 1991
Is the confirmation process for Supreme Court justices getting out of hand? Is it becoming too much of a political campaign? It sure looks like it is in the present case of Judge Clarence Thomas. There is more overt and covert politicking going on here than in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.Consider that a conservative organization in Washington paid to bring 45 of Judge Thomas' old neighbors from his little home town of Pin Point, Ga., to Washington to show their support and pride and to lobby for him. A pure media event.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Evening Sun Staff | September 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Like many Americans who are curious about Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, Maryland Rep. Kweisi Mfume is looking for clues in the Senate confirmation hearing.Mfume, D-7th, is neutral on Thomas' nomination. Although the majority of the Congressional Black Caucus voted to oppose the nomination, Mfume did not vote, despite reservations about Thomas."Now I have some very serious problems," Mfume said yesterday, listing concerns about Thomas' views on abortion, affirmative action and the 1954 Supreme Court case that led to school desegregation.
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By Katy J. Harriger | July 27, 1992
CAPITOL GAMES: CLARENCE THOMAS, ANITA HILL, AND THE STORY OF A SUPREME COURT NOMINATION. By Timothy M. Phelps and Helen Winternitz. Hyperion. 433 pages. $24.95.LIKE many Americans, I spent the second weekend of October last year glued to my television set and the lurid spectacle of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.What I saw angered and sickened me. Reading "Capitol Games," the new book about the Thomas nomination by reporters Timothy Phelps and Helen Winternitz, made me angry all over again.
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By Katy J. Harriger | July 27, 1992
CAPITOL GAMES: CLARENCE THOMAS, ANITA HILL, AND THE STORY OF A SUPREME COURT NOMINATION. By Timothy M. Phelps and Helen Winternitz. Hyperion. 433 pages. $24.95.LIKE many Americans, I spent the second weekend of October last year glued to my television set and the lurid spectacle of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.What I saw angered and sickened me. Reading "Capitol Games," the new book about the Thomas nomination by reporters Timothy Phelps and Helen Winternitz, made me angry all over again.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | April 15, 1992
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the only major civil rights group to back Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court, yesterday came out against him.Meeting in Baltimore, the SCLC board took a unanimous vote of "no confidence" in Justice Thomas, the court's only black member.The group said in a strongly worded resolution that it was "profoundly disturbed" by his decisions since he joined the court five months ago after a bruising confirmation battle."Justice Clarence Thomas has failed to demonstrate the compassion, sensitivity, independence and intellectual courage . . . that was the prayer of the SCLC," the group said.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | April 15, 1992
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the only major civil rights group to back Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court, has come out against him.At its meeting in Baltimore yesterday, the SCLC board took a unanimous vote of "no confidence" in Justice Thomas, the court's only black member.The group said in a strongly worded resolution that it was "profoundly disturbed" by his decisions since he joined the court five months ago after a bruising confirmation battle."Justice Clarence Thomas has failed to demonstrate the compassion, sensitivity, independence and intellectual courage . . . that was the prayer of the SCLC," the group said.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 16, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Despite real fear at the White House that Anita F. Hill's charges of sexual harassment might prove too powerful for Clarence Thomas to overcome in the Senate, there was apparently never any serious consideration of what President Bush should do if the charges were found to be true.According to numerous inside accounts, Judge Thomas' initial denial of the charges to Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo., was accepted on faith by President Bush and many others in the administration, largely because the charges seemed contrary to what they knew of the man."
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By Jack W. Germond & JulesWitcover | October 10, 1991
Washington -- IN THE CIRCUS that the Clarence Thomas confirmation has now become, there is much more at stake than whether President Bush's Supreme Court nominee makes it. The Senate Judiciary Committee's handling of the 11th-hour allegations of sexual harassmente put the already beleaguered Congress on the defensive as seldom before in recent times.Public respect for Congress was deplorably low even before this latest circus arrived on Capitol Hill. Its inability to control the federal deficit, a failure in which the president shared, and the stalemate between the Republican White House and the Democratic-controlled House and Senate that produced government by veto had long ago earned the contempt of voters.
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By Paul West and Paul West,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 9, 1991
WASHINGTON -- It was the Senate's turn to feel the heat, and members were scrambling for cover yesterday anywhere they could find it."Excuse me," said a Washington political consultant, when a reporter called to ask what the Senate should do about the Clarence Thomas nomination. "There's somebody on my other line with the same question and he's got 'Senator' in front of his name."After a day of high drama on the Senate floor and tortured dealing in the back rooms, senators agreed to postpone a vote for a week in order to hear testimony by an Oklahoma law professor, Anita F. Hill, about alleged sexual harassment by the Supreme Court nominee.
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By ERNEST B. FURGURSON | August 7, 1991
It is fair for Mr. Bush to say that Clarence Thomas, his nominee for the Supreme Court, is ''much closer to the mainstream of America than some of the groups that are opposing him.'' This is politics, after all. It is even fair for the president to assert, as he did in announcing his selection, that Judge Thomas is the best qualified person in the nation to sit on the high court.It is not fair for Mr. Bush and his nominee to demand senatorial confirmation without offering some proof of those claims.
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September 16, 1991
There were enough contradictions implicit in Judge Clarence Thomas' testimony in his confirmation hearings last week that Sen. Howell Heflin finally said to him he couldn't decide if he was "a closet liberal" or representative of "a right wing extremist group." He asked, "What will the real Clarence Thomas do on the Supreme Court?""I am the real Clarence Thomas," the judge replied, "and I have attempted to bring that person here for you to see."Has he succeeded? The person, yes. A justice, maybe.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Evening Sun Staff | September 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Like many Americans who are curious about Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, Maryland Rep. Kweisi Mfume is looking for clues in the Senate confirmation hearing.Mfume, D-7th, is neutral on Thomas' nomination. Although the majority of the Congressional Black Caucus voted to oppose the nomination, Mfume did not vote, despite reservations about Thomas."Now I have some very serious problems," Mfume said yesterday, listing concerns about Thomas' views on abortion, affirmative action and the 1954 Supreme Court case that led to school desegregation.
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