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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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  • Brunt of Supreme Court tax ruling to fall on Maryland county

    Although a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Maryland tax could affect similar laws in nearly 5,000 local jurisdictions in other states, the brunt of Monday's decision will fall on one county. With about 1 million people, Montgomery County is the...
  • Supreme Court strikes down Maryland tax law

    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland tax that has the effect of double-taxing income residents earn in other states. Maryland officials say the 5-4 ruling means the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax...
  • Graham: 'I'm running' to be 'best commander in chief'

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed Monday he will run for president in 2016, saying he believes he would be the best choice to serve as commander in chief amid continued unrest in the Middle East. "I'm running because I think the...
  • Lindsey Graham: Running for White House because 'the world is falling apart'

    Lindsey Graham: Running for White House because 'the world is falling apart'
     South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed Monday he will run for president in 2016, saying he believes he would be the best choice to serve as commander in chief amid continued unrest in the Middle East. "I'm running because I think the...
  • Book review: 'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes:' Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with inspiring picture book

    Book review: 'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes:' Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with inspiring picture book
    Parents need to know that “Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes,” by Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s poet laureate, is a celebration of pioneering Latinos who’ve helped shape their various fields from the arts and sciences to...
  • Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug

    Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions. The justices are considering the plea of death row inmates in...
  • After historic arguments, Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

    After historic arguments, Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage
    Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian...
  • After historic arguments, court to rule on same-sex marriage

    Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian...
  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind...
  • High court limits drug-sniffing dog searches during traffic stops

    High court limits drug-sniffing dog searches during traffic stops
    The Supreme Court told the police Tuesday they may not turn routine traffic stops into drug searches using trained dogs. The 6-3 decision limits the increasingly common practice whereby officers stop a car for a traffic violation and then call for a...
  • Court sides with state on Medicaid rates

    Private health care providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 decision that broke across ideological lines, the justices said medical...