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Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
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  • Alabama killer case: When a jury says 'life' and a judge says 'death'

    Alabama killer case: When a jury says 'life' and a judge says 'death'
    Two Supreme Court justices — Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen G. Breyer — are upset that the court won’t hear the appeal of an Alabama killer who was sentenced to death by a judge after a jury declined to impose the death penalty. They have...
  • Can your wife let the cops in?

    Can your wife let the cops in?
    Seven years ago, the Supreme Court rightly ruled that police couldn't conduct a warrantless search of a home shared by two people if one of the residents was present and objected. This week, the justices heard arguments in a case from California that...
  • Supreme Court appears to support a warrantless police search

    Supreme Court appears to support a warrantless police search
    WASHINGTON — In a case that could narrow legal protections against police searches, a majority of Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to reject an appeal from an imprisoned Los Angeles gang member who contended that after he objected to a...
  • Returning to the bad old days of the filibuster

    This summer, Senate Democrats seemed poised to invoke the "nuclear option" to prevent Republicans from filibustering important Obama administration nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid drew back at the last minute when Republicans allowed a handful of...
  • Another thing to admire about Janet Yellen: Her hair!

    News stories about Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Federal Reserve have all stated one obvious fact: If confirmed, she will be the first woman to hold that position. But there’s an even more significant barrier Yellen is breaching. She&...
  • Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. appeals court judge

    Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. appeals court judge
    WASHINGTON -- By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed the first openly gay judge to sit on a U.S. court of appeals. Todd M. Hughes, 46, a veteran Justice Department lawyer, will serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a...
  • Government shouldn't define 'church'

    Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act. While exempting churches and some religiously affiliated institutions,...
  • A 21st century right to privacy

    After it was revealed that the government was "bulk collecting" Americans' telephone records, President Obama tried to be reassuring. "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," he said. "They are not looking at people's names, and they're not...
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    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Until the End of Time" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28). The intertwined stories of two couples, separated by almost 40 years. Last week: — 2. "Private Berlin" by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown, $27.99)....
  • Lessons for Obama from reading inaugurals past [Video chat]

    Lessons for Obama from reading inaugurals past [Video chat]
    Editor's note: Join Hector Tobar and book critic David L. Ulin on the Jacket Copy blog for a live video chat on the literary legacy of American inaugurations in general, and President Obama's 2013 inauguration in particular, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific....
  • In Orlando-only Spanish ad, Obama campaign blasts Romney over Sotomayor

     
    The re-election campaign of President Barack Obama is launching a new Spanish-language TV commercial in Orlando only that blasts Mitt Romney for saying he would not have supported Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ad,...
  • President Obama inauguration TV coverage

     
    Updated Jan. 20, 2013, 1:29pm CT On Monday, Jan. 21 (officially on Jan. 20), Barack Obama will be sworn in to begin his second term as President of the United States, along with Joe Biden as Vice President. The oath of office will formally be administered...