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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 NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor

    All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court. O'Connor, who was appointed in 1981 and retired...
  • Sotomayor says Supreme Court gets politicized by others

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says any sense that the court is political comes from outside groups, not the justices themselves. Sotomayor tells a New York audience that politicians on both sides have seized on the different approaches the...
  • 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...
  • Kennedy Center to host summit on impact of arts on society

    The Kennedy Center and the Aspen Institute plan to host an arts summit for artists, innovators and policy leaders next month on how the arts can address issues in society. The summit will be held May 16 at the Kennedy Center. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will lead a...
  • Supreme Court bars judges from setting Medicaid rates

    The Supreme Court barred doctors, dentists and druggists Tuesday from going to court to fight cutbacks in Medicaid payments in California and other states. The justices' 5-4 decision in a case from Idaho held that the Medicaid Act, which offers...
  • L.A. political leader Arturo Vargas has high hopes for Latinos in Washington

    L.A. political leader Arturo Vargas has high hopes for Latinos in Washington
    California recently rode shotgun with Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and its educational fund, on a quick tour of his childhood neighborhood in L.A.'s Pico-Union district. The...
  • Terps women charge past Princeton in second half, 85-70, advance to Sweet 16

    Terps women charge past Princeton in second half, 85-70, advance to Sweet 16
    Laurin Mincy fought through a second major knee surgery just to continue her basketball career at Maryland, finally regaining her peak form in this, her senior season. So understand she wasn’t ready for it to end Monday night against Princeton,...
  • High court sends Alabama redistricting case back for review

    A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday said a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama's Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state's voting districts in a way that black leaders say limited minority voting...
  • Princeton's future bright after historic women's season

    Princeton coach Courtney Banghart was back in her office a day after her Tigers' perfect season came to an end. There were phone calls to return, texts to answers and thank you letters to write. "It was something wasn't it," Banghart said in a phone...
  • Supreme Court, as well as states and energy firms, divided over EPA's powers

    WASHINGTON Some environmental protections could face a hazier future after a Supreme Court argument Wednesday in an important clean-air case that's already divided states and leading energy companies. Justices, too, appear split over whether the...
  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't...