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Roberts Begins First Day as U.S. Chief Justice

The announcement of Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court comes on the day the court opens a new term ... with a new justice in the center seat. John Roberts -- the 17th chief justice of the United States -- is presiding over a court in transition, dealing with tumultuous cases.

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Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.