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For Court Pick, Painful Lesson From Boyhood

WASHINGTON -- Judge Neil M. Gorsuch's first taste of rough-and-tumble Washington politics was bitter and lingering.

He was 15 years old and his mother was a high-ranking official in the Reagan administration caught in an ugly showdown with Congress. When she was forced to step down, her reputation in tatters, young Neil was furious.

''You should never have resigned,'' he told his mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, by her later account. ''You didn't do anything wrong. You only did what

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