Moments ago, the United States Senate confirmed Samuel Alito as the 110th Supreme Court Justice of the United States by a 58-42 vote. One Republicans voted against the confirmation, and four Democrats voted in favor. All other votes were party line, Republican ayes and Democrat nays.
The confirmation gives the high court an apparently strong conservative and pro-business majority. Also, curiously, its first Roman Catholic majority in the history of the court. The confirmation is a major victory for employers and a major setback for employees and unions.