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Miers' Supreme Court Hearings to Begin November 7

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee say confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers will begin November 7.

The announcement Wednesday comes a little more than two weeks after President Bush nominated Ms. Miers to take over the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Mr. Bush has drawn fire from fellow Republicans for the nomination of Ms. Miers, the current White House Counsel. Some want the president to withdraw her nomination and pick a known conservative who would decisively shift the high court to the right.

Ms. Miers has not made her positions on contentious issues like abortion and gay marriage publicly known since her nomination.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AP.