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• Robert H. Bork, described by the New York Times as "former Solicitor General, federal judge and conservative legal theorist," passed away yesterday of complications related to heart disease. He was 85.

It was the ultimately unsuccessful nomination by President Ronald Reagan of Bork to the US Supreme Court that, to many people, helped start the era of confrontational and take-no-prisoners politics that endures even today, when getting "borked" is another way of saying that a nominee got rejected for political reasons.
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