Obama Selects Sotomayor for Courtgraphics8.nytimes...
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nytimes.com — President Obama has decided to nominate the federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents raised in Bronx public housing projects to become the nation's first Hispanic justice, officials said Tuesday.

The decision, to be announced Tuesday morning, will be Mr. Obama's first selection to the Supreme Court and could trigger a struggle with Senate Republicans who have indicated they may oppose the nomination. But Democrats control nearly the 60 votes necessary to choke off a filibuster and even Republicans said they have little hope of blocking confirmation barring unforeseen revelation.

Judge Sotomayor, 54, who has served for more than a decade on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals based in New York City, would become the nation's 111th justice, replacing David H. Souter, who is retiring after 19 years on the bench. Although Justice Souter was appointed by the first President George Bush, he became a mainstay of the liberal faction on the court and so his replacement by Judge Sotomayor likely would not shift the overall balance of power.

But her appointment would add a second woman to the nine-member court and give Hispanics their first seat. Her life story, mirroring in some ways Mr. Obama's own, would add a different complexion to the panel, fulfilling the president's stated desire to add diversity of background to the nation's highest tribunal.

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Posted 1983 days ago
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Sotomayor was picked for sex and race, little else.
Posted 1983 days ago
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another reason... spick spanish
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Posted 1983 days ago
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The article states that her "life story" mirrors Obama's in some ways. Great does that mean she too is an illegal that is now holding another very important seat in running this country. Will she have some serious tax issues and God only knows what else, like the majority of people he associates with and appoints to his services. He only chose her because of her gender and race. He's such a freak of nature!!! This country gets deeper in trouble by the minute!
Posted 1983 days ago
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not a big fan of Omaba, but...

if the country is looking more hispanic and women are underrepresented, then it may make sense to have representation on the bench. question is: is she the right rep? probably not
Posted 1983 days ago
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Sotomayor is ultra Liberal, it is important that the Republican party oppose her nomination vehemently. She has in the past said that judges make up the law in many cases. We need to make sure that any nominee follows the law and not make them up.
Posted 1983 days ago
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To all of the good people who voted "Excellent:" please take a moment and take a look at this nominee, http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=5350. Make sure you listent to the video. It's a shocker.
Posted 1983 days ago
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Unfortunately the selection has become a game Supreme Court Justices have become conservative vs. liberal. Lets not kid ourselves.
Being a liberal my choice is to get a liberal judge; that's all I care about.

Conservatives got John Roberts recently
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