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Rehnquist's Health Leads to Speculation on Successors

Observers of the Supreme Court are speculating who might fill a vacancy should Chief Justice William Rehnquist retire at the end of this term. Business groups and conservative Christian organizations are already battling for whomever President Bush might nominate. They're expecting a nominee who's against what they see as judicial activism. Liberal, labor and civil rights groups are preparing to oppose anyone who will, as they see it, turn back the clock.

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.