Olson to face Senate heat
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APRIL 5, 2001

Confirmation hearings for Theodore Olson, President George W. Bush's nominee to be Solicitor General, begin on Thursday and Democrat Senators are promising some tough questions.

Olson successfully argued President George W. Bush's election case before the Supreme Court. He also argued the case of Harold "Freddy" Rice, whose challenge to Native Hawaiian programs in the state of Hawaii has lead to widespread changes.

As Solicitor General, Olson would now represent the United States before the Supreme Court. He'd also be the one who normally decides what cases the United States will pursue before the Court.

The United States is currently being sued by the state of Idaho, who is challenging the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's ownership of the southern third of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Two courts have upheld the tribe's ownership and only after the US agreed to intervene in the issue.

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