Will Business Get A Voice On The Big Bench?

An air of anticipation hung over the ornate Senate Caucus Room when Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden (D-Del.) began five days of questioning Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. The atmosphere portended a discussion of the burning issues of the day--abortion, separation of church and state, free speech, and civil rights. Instead, Biden's first question concerned an arcane subject: what degree of protection the Constitution affords property and economic rights.

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