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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 Kennedy Center Honors" is always a joyous and classy affair, and this year's telecast gets a modest upgrade -- airing on a Sunday night, albeit still in the arid window between Christmas and New Year's. Yet the 36th edition of this annual celebration...
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    New York City is going to kick in the new year with one of its own: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, has been tapped to lead the Times Square countdown on New Year's Eve on Tuesday. The announcement was made...
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    When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — who will lead the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration Tuesday — touches off New York City's ball drop, the illuminated orb won't be the only thing falling around the country at midnight. These...
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    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...