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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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  • Supreme Court gay marriage ruling praised by Illinois advocates

     Supreme Court gay marriage ruling praised by Illinois advocates
    Armed with a red rose for his husband, Vincent Cousineau walked along North Halsted Street in Chicago on Friday, cheering at honking cars celebrating the news that the nation's high court had struck down bans on same-sex marriages, effectively making...
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  • With one ruling, Supreme Court saves Obamacare, the GOP and itself

    With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act's federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law via the...
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    Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias
    A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal...
  • Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies, a victory for the president

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    In a major victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the broad reach of his healthcare law, ruling the government may continue to provide tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance nationwide, even in...
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    Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies
    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key element of the Affordable Care Act Thursday, ruling that people in states that never established state-based exchanges still qualify for subsidized health care under the law. The decision protects subsidies for...
  • History in the making: Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage

    WASHINGTON Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, following a landmark and long-awaited Supreme Court decision Friday. In a resounding opinion that caps a remarkable transformation of the social, legal and political landscapes, the divided high...
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    The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for inmates who are accused of crimes — but not yet convicted — to bring cases of excessive force against jail officials. The justices ruled 5-4 in favor of a Wisconsin man who sued jail officers for...
  • High court strikes down L.A. law on motel, hotel registry inspections

    — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a Los Angeles city ordinance that authorized police to instantly inspect hotel and motel guest registries at any hour of the day or night. The ruling in Los Angeles vs. Patel marks...
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