He had been fighting his cancer, but his health took a turn for the worse in the last couple of days. The New York Times story is here.
(This deserves to be read as well.)
I didn't often agree with William Rehnquist, but he wasn't an ideological fanatic on most issues. I fear that his successor as Chief Justice, will be. The top two choices are (retch) Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Either one would be an absolute disaster, with Scalia being the more dangerous of the two. He already uses his position to attempt to impose his private religious views on the entire nation. Scalia's utter contempt for anyone whose world view differs from his own is deeply threatening to the well-being of our Republic.
And oh joy...Bush gets to pick another Supreme Court justice.
Iraq. New Orleans. Rampant Republican political corruption and incompetence. A still uncaptured Osama Bin Laden. Our terrifying mountain of debt. And now the prospect of a Bush-appointed Chief Justice.
Our country is in crisis.