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Both Republicans and Democrats say Judge Samuel Alito today will clear the final hurdle before he's confirmed to the Supreme Court.

They say he has the 60 Senate votes needed to derail a filibuster effort by Democratic Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

They want to block a final vote on Alito's nomination, saying he is out of the mainstream and will roll back many of the rights Americans now have.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama yesterday said Democrats need to change their approach to more effectively oppose Supreme Court nominees in the future.

He told ABC's "This Week" that Democrats need to convince the public "their values are at stake," rather than relying on stall tactics to stop the president.