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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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  • The Jerusalem fiction that continues to endure

    In 2002, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, an American citizen named Naomi Zivotofsky gave birth to another American citizen, Menachem Zivotofsky. It is the strong belief of both Naomi and her husband, Menachem's father, Ari, that the...
  • Supreme Court's tech ignorance may help Aereo

    Supreme Court's tech ignorance may help Aereo
    On the same day that she issued a historically important dissent in defense of affirmative action, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed that she's the court's resident techie. In oral argument in the case of ABC v. Aereo, she invoked Dropbox,...
  • Affirmative action isn't a constitutional issue

    Reading strongly held views about political morality into the U.S. Constitution is a powerful temptation on both sides of the political divide. That's one lesson of the heated debate between Supreme Court justices in this week's split decision to uphold a...
  • Do you drive? Then you'll want to know about this Supreme Court ruling.

    Do you drive? Then you'll want to know about this Supreme Court ruling.
    Given the danger posed by drunk or reckless drivers, police should follow up on information — even information from an anonymous source — that a vehicle might be careening down a street or threatening other motorists and pedestrians. If they...
  • Debunking Affirmative Action Euphemism

    Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose "compensatory opportunity" as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of...
  • Kevin Hunt: What Is $1.50 'Broadcast TV Fee' On Cable Bill? (It's Worth Billions)

    Kevin Hunt: What Is $1.50 'Broadcast TV Fee' On Cable Bill? (It's Worth Billions)
    Q: "My latest Comcast bill includes a new fee, the Broadcast TV Fee, for $1.50. The explanation is the 'fee recovers a portion of the cost of retransmitting television broadcast signals.' Isn't that basically what cable TV does? Why a separate fee? A...
  • Supreme Court upholds EPA rule to reduce cross-state pollution

    The Supreme Court by a lopsided vote upheld an Obama administration regulation that requires states with coal-fired power plants to reduce the air pollution that drifts across Midwest and East Coast states. “This is a big win for the nation’...
  • Justices sound ready to reject contraceptives mandate under Obamacare

    Justices sound ready to reject contraceptives mandate under Obamacare
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply criticized part of President Obama’s healthcare law Tuesday, suggesting they will rule later this year that requiring Christian-owned corporations to offer their employees...
  • Supreme Court may boost free-speech protections for public workers

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday sounded ready to rule that a public employee who testifies about corruption in his government department cannot be fired for revealing the truth. But first justices will need to confront their own 2006...
  • In a post-9/11 America, a victory for 'see something, say something'

    In a post-9/11 America, a victory for 'see something, say something'
    This week the Supreme Court overturned a $1.2-million verdict awarded to a pilot who sued his employer for telling the Transportation Security Administration that he might be armed and mentally unstable. Because the decision was based on a 2001 law...
  • Conservative justices seem poised to deal blow to Obamacare

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative majority sounded poised Tuesday to deal a blow to President Obama's healthcare law and rule that business owners may invoke their religious beliefs to opt out of a new federal requirement that they pay...