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  • VIDEO: Protester Screams "What About Abortion?" At Sotomayor Hearing (MUST SEE!)

    07/13/2009 8:20:49 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 22 replies · 1,404+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 13, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) opening statement was interrupted by a protester who yelled "what about abortion?" and "stop the genocide of unborn Latinos!"
  • The Real Court Radicals (MSM Love Letter to Sotomayor -- BARF ALERT!!!)

    07/13/2009 1:09:35 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 6 replies · 355+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 07/13/09 | E. J. Dionne
    WASHINGTON -- This week's hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court represent the opening skirmish in a long-term struggle to challenge the escalating activism of an increasingly conservative judiciary. The Senate's Republican minority does not expect to derail Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic and only the third woman to serve on the court, and they realize that their attack lines against her have failed to ignite public attention, or even much interest. Her restrained record as a lower court judge has made it impossible to cast her credibly as a liberal judicial activist.
  • Sotomayor and the Second Amendment

    07/12/2009 9:18:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,131+ views ^ | July 12, 2009 | Nelson Lund
    Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor recently held that the Constitution does not protect the right to keep and bear arms against infringement by state and local governments. Her defenders maintain that she was merely applying settled precedent, which only the Supreme Court itself is authorized to reconsider. This is a half truth that conceals more than it reveals. Last year, the Supreme Court resolved a longstanding debate by holding that the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms includes the right of American citizens to have weapons for personal self defense. Accordingly, the Court struck down a D.C. statute...
  • Maddow, Guest Revise History to Smear Sen. Sessions and other GOP Opposition to Sotomayor

    07/11/2009 11:34:18 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 3 replies · 665+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 11, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    As the confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court appointee Sonia Sotomayor are upon us, the left-wing attack machine had to take a few last shots ranking Senate Judiciary Committee Republican Sen. Jeff Session, Ala., and the Republican Party as a whole. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained the junior Alabama senator would take over the spot after Sen. Arlen Specter's defection to the Democratic Party on her July 10 program, suggesting his selection to the post was part of some rebranding by the GOP. "Republicans have also decided to have Senator Jeff Sessions lead this battle for them," Maddow...
  • Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter

    07/11/2009 8:12:30 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 1,084+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | July 10, 2009 | Michael Doyle and David Lightman
    Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who's at the center of Sotomayor's most controversial ruling. On the eve of Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the "troubled and litigious work history" of firefighter Frank Ricci. This is opposition research: a constant shadow on Capitol Hill. "The whole business of getting Supreme Court nominees through the process has become bloodsport," said Gary Rose, a government and politics professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. On Friday, citing in an e-mail "Frank Ricci's troubled and...
  • How Ricci Almost Disappeared

    07/11/2009 12:15:25 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 18 replies · 1,205+ views
    The Ninth Justice ^ | Friday, July 10, 2009 | Stuart Taylor Jr.
    For all the publicity about the Supreme Court's 5-4 reversal of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's decision (with two colleagues) to reject a discrimination suit by a group of firefighters against New Haven, Conn., one curious aspect of the case has been largely overlooked.That is the likelihood that but for a chance discovery by a fourth member of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the now-triumphant 18 firefighters (17 white and one Hispanic) might well have seen their case, Ricci v. DeStefano, disappear into obscurity, with no triumph, no national publicity and no Supreme Court review.
  • Ricci and the Skills Gap - What leads to unequal results between blacks and whites isn’t racism.

    07/10/2009 9:08:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies · 1,335+ views
    City Journal ^ | 7 July 2009 | Heather Mac Donald
    The Supreme Court tweaked the edges of discrimination law in its New Haven firefighters decision last week, but otherwise left the evasions and euphemisms of that hoary edifice largely intact. This is probably as it should be. It is not for the Court to deconstruct our official legal discourse about race unless it is explicitly asked to do so. But the political branches need not be so constrained. Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s upcoming confirmation hearings are the perfect occasion to question the assumptions that underlie the race industry, since Sotomayor, with her history of launching racism accusations, has been, and promises...
  • Sotomayor's secret files: What don't the Democrats want us to see?

    07/09/2009 9:49:57 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 21 replies · 1,130+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 10, 2009 | Editorial
    We wonder what Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has to hide. Her confirmation hearing starts Monday, but the White House refuses to turn over boxes of documents for review about her past. Republican senators requested board meeting minutes of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, where Ms. Sotomayor served on the board of directors from 1980 to 1992. White House Counsel Greg Craig contends that all documents deemed "responsive" already were sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Contrary to White House dodging, these board meetings may be important in evaluating Ms. Sotomayor's legal and policy reasoning because the...
  • NRA Says Sotomayor Is Antigun

    07/07/2009 6:55:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,372+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | July 7, 2009 | Paul Bedard
    The National Rifle Association has finally weighed in on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and while it doesn't come right out and oppose her, it does suggest that she's antigun. In a letter to the Senate from NRA Executive Director Chris Cox, the nation's largest gun-rights group mentions several court cases Sotomayor has reviewed that put limits on the Second Amendment. It even cites a footnote in one case where the court claimed that "the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right." Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Sessions:I am writing to express the National Rifle...
  • Sen. McCain talks about health care, Sedona effort [also, is undecided on voting for Sotomayor]

    07/06/2009 12:29:26 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 1,154+ views
    The Daily Courier, Prescott, Ariz. ^ | 2009-07-06 | Joanna Nellans
    Sen. John McCain touched on a variety of topics with The Daily Courier while visiting Prescott July 4, from single-payer health care to a revived push for a national scenic area designation in the Sedona area. . . . . . Other topics with McCain included: . . . . . * Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. McCain said he hasn't decided how he will vote on Sotomayor, especially since he still needs to talk to fellow Sen. Jon Kyl about her. Kyl serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Public Support for Sotomayor Falls After Supreme Court Reversal

    07/01/2009 11:29:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 682+ views
    Rassmussen ^ | 7/1/09 | staff
    A heavily publicized U.S. Supreme Court reversal of an appeals court ruling by Judge Sonia Sotomayor has at least temporarily diminished public support for President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee.
  • Sotomayor now 1-6 in Supreme Court Cases

    06/29/2009 4:47:09 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 24 replies · 928+ views
    One Conservative Voice
    Sotomayor Cases Reviewed by the Supreme Court • Affirmative Action: Ricci v. DeStefano 530 F.3d 87 (2008) - pending (now reversed 5-4) Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel that ruled in February 2008 to uphold a lower court decision supporting the City of New Haven's decision to throw out the results of an exam to determine promotions within the city's fire department. Only one Hispanic and no African-American firefighters qualified for promotion based on the exam; the City subsequently decided not to certify the results and issued no promotions. In June 2008, Sotomayor was part of a 7-6 majority...
  • Serious Questions About Sotomayor and Race

    06/29/2009 1:38:01 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 8 replies · 534+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 29, 2009 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With the Supreme Court narrowly striking down Judge Sonia Sotomayor's decision in the New Haven fire fighter's case, it emphasizes the importance of a single vote and there are renewed questions about her judgment on race. It brings back into focus not only her comments on the superiority of certain racial groups and women, but when combined with her recent comments on the Belizean Grove club indicate a very selective and self serving decisions on deciding when discrimination is occurring. Judge Sonia Sotomayor can't take back her seven speeches over a decade where she talked about women's (or Latina women's)...
  • Rather: Sotomayor Would Be A 'Very Good' Supreme Court Justice

    06/29/2009 12:29:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies · 670+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As Dan Rather sees it and decrees it, Sonia Sotomayor will make a fine Supreme Court justice. So the former CBS Evening News anchor told MSNBC's Carlos Watson this morning. The pair were discussing the impact of the high court's reversal today of Sotomayor's pro-affirmative action ruling in the New Haven firefighters case. View video here.
  • New GOP tack: Will Sotomayor uphold Constitution?

    06/24/2009 6:34:53 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 31 replies · 679+ views
    AP ^ | 6/23/09 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a new narrative ahead of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, questioning her commitment to constitutional guarantees on the right to keep and bear arms and equal treatment under the law regardless of race or gender. The senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee even questioned whether Sotomayor sufficiently opposes terrorism, citing what he said was the "extensive work" she had done for a group formerly named the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. "This is a group that has taken some very shocking positions with respect to terrorism," Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama...
  • Sonia Sotomayor Worse on Abortion Than David Souter?

    06/23/2009 10:11:09 AM PDT · by julieee · 10 replies · 530+ views ^ | June 23, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Sonia Sotomayor Worse on Abortion Than David Souter? Washington, DC -- In a new editorial column appearing in the Washington Times, Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, makes the case that Sonia Sotomayor is worse on abortion than David Souter, the Supreme Court justice President Barack Obama appointed her to replace. Full story at:
  • The View From 1987 Robert Bork

    06/22/2009 2:46:27 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 6 replies · 636+ views
    His name has become a verb, one so crisp and eloquent that it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary: if you've been blocked from appointment to public office, you've been "borked." The term's namesake is Robert Bork, whose path to the Supreme Court was derailed in 1987 by a hostile Senate. As Sonia Sotomayor braces for the same firing line, Bork, 82, sat down with NEWSWEEK for a rare interview. Excerpts: Was it your view that the law on abortion should be left totally to the democratic process? I oppose abortion. But an amazing number of people thought that...
  • VIDEO: Sotomayor: Professional Males Idea Of "Good Idea" Is A Male Image (MUST SEE!)

    06/17/2009 9:34:34 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 10 replies · 562+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 17, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    "I found in my experiences that it's not that men are consciously discriminating against promoting women, but I do believe as people we have self-images about what's good," Sonia Sotomayor told ABC's "Good Morning America" in a 1986 interview. "What's quote-unquote a 'good' lawyer, doctor, or whatever the profession is. And if you're a male who grew up professionally in a male-dominated profession then your image of what a good lawyer is is a male image."
  • Thomas Sowell: Equality or Payback? Is Judge Sotomayor someone in payback mode?

    06/16/2009 1:54:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 746+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 16, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    June 16, 2009, 0:00 a.m. Equality or Payback? Is Judge Sotomayor someone in payback mode? By Thomas Sowell Back when I was on the receiving end of racial discrimination, it was to me not simply a personal misfortune, or even the misfortune of a race, it was a moral outrage. But not everyone who went through such an experience sees it that way. When it comes to subjecting other people to the same treatment in a later era, some have no real problem with that. They see it as payback. One of the many problems of the payback approach...
  • Sotomayor and Ricci: It's Really Bad

    06/14/2009 5:58:59 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 598+ views
    National Journal ^ | 06/13/2009 | Stuart Taylor
    I admire many things about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, especially her deep compassion for underprivileged people. I may well support her confirmation to the Supreme Court if her testimony next month dispels my concern that her decisions may be biased by the grievance-focused mind-set and the "wise Latina woman" superiority complex displayed in some of her speeches. But close study of her most famous case only enhances my concern. That's the 2008 decision in which a panel composed of Sotomayor and two Appeals Court colleagues upheld New Haven's race-based denial of promotions to white (and two Hispanic) fire-fighters because too few...
  • Sonia Sotomayor's Club For Women OnlY

    06/13/2009 5:58:50 AM PDT · by Iraqs Inconvenient Truth. · 18 replies · 749+ views
    Washingtion Times ^ | June 11 2009 | The Washingtion Times
    It was revealed Friday that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor belongs to the Belizean Grove, a highly selective club for women only. Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont announced Tuesday that her confirmation hearings will begin on July 13. If this judge were a man, the nomination would never make it to the Senate for hearings....More>>>
  • George H.W. Bush chats with HLN's Robin Meade [defends Sotomayor]

    06/12/2009 3:17:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,404+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-06-12
    (snip) Meade: Tell me a little bit about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, she's someone that you appointed to a U.S. District Court. Bush: District Court. Meade: Now she's been nominated for the Supreme Court. What would her impact be on the Supreme Court, do you think? Bush: I think she'd pull a ripcord just at the right time and make a very nice parachutist. I'm going to leave that to others to analyze, but she should be given a fair hearing. She should be accorded every courtesy that goes with her record as a judge and her aspirations to be a...
  • VIDEO: Sotomayor: "I Am A Product Of Affirmative Action"

    06/11/2009 8:10:47 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 45 replies · 842+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 11, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as a "product of affirmative action" while speaking on a Practising Law Institute panel. Judge Sotomayor aid that SAT and other aptitude tests have "cultural biases" built in.
  • Dems Stampede Sotomayor

    06/10/2009 7:38:38 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 2 replies · 669+ views ^ | 6/10/2009 | Connie Hair
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced yesterday that the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor would begin June 13th. In a typical display of Democratic bipartisanship, Leahy gave no notice of his decision to key Republicans who found out from press reports. The ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) objected to the rush to begin hearings for this lifetime appointment. “I believe that's too early,” Sessions said. “I don't believe it's necessary. It's far more important we do this right than we do it quick. … It will be the shortest confirmation time...
  • Saccharine Shipman Consoles Sotomayor Sibling

    06/10/2009 5:49:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies · 320+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    WARNING: Viewing the accompanying video could cause a dangerous rise in blood-sugar levels. When Clarence Thomas was approaching his confirmation hearings, we all remember the touching, sentimental segments the networks ran on his challenging childhood. Or not. On today's GMA ABC's Claire Shipman took a sentimental stroll down memory lane with Juan Sotomayor, Sonia's likable younger brother. At one point, viewing a display about his sister in their old high school in the Bronx, Juan gets choked up. And there's Claire, shown not once but twice reaching out a comforting arm to console the Sotomayor sibling. View video here.
  • Another stumble for Sonia? Sotomayor is devoted to a charity founded by wacko Lenora Fulani

    06/09/2009 10:32:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,266+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 9th 2009 | Errol Louis
    The fractured ankle that hobbled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor yesterday is nothing compared with the political stumble she'll likely encounter when conservatives begin digging into her connection to a charity organization started by controversial political activist Lenora Fulani.The issue was hidden in plain sight, right there in the May 26 press release issued by the White House to announce Sotomayor's nomination to the high court.Describing Sotomayor's community service, the White House emphasized that "her favorite project" is "the Development School for Youth program, which sponsors workshops for inner-city high school students."Since 2005, Judge Sotomayor has conducted a legal workshop...
  • Sotomayor Vs. The Death Penalty

    06/08/2009 5:43:37 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 4 replies · 494+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2009 | Editorial staff
    Sonia Sotomayor says the death penalty disproportionately impacts minorities. A question for her: Death sentences are meted out most often to (a) blacks, (b) whites, (c) Hispanics or (d) the guilty. A recently unearthed memo not disclosed on the questionnaire filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee shows that the empathy that the Supreme Court nominee feels is more for the predators among us than their victims. It also shows that some of the reasons this self-proclaimed "wise Latina" has for opposing capital punishment are bogus and flawed.
  • VIDEO: Sotomayor Tells Worried Press "She's Fine" After Fracturing Ankle

    06/08/2009 11:48:56 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 12 replies · 522+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 8, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
  • VID: Sotomayor Fractures Ankle At NY Airport, Now In Crutches

    06/08/2009 11:27:12 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 19 replies · 998+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 8, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle Monday morning in an airport stumble on her way to Washington to meet with senators who will vote on her confirmation.
  • Sonia Sotomayor Questionnaire Shows More Pro-Abortion Evidence

    06/08/2009 9:31:33 AM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies · 435+ views ^ | June 8, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Sonia Sotomayor Questionnaire Shows More Pro-Abortion Evidence Washington, DC -- Last week, White House officials submitted the official response to the Senate to a comprehensive judicial questionnaire given to her by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The answers to the panel provide more circumstantial evidence that Sotomayor, the Supreme Court nominee, is pro-abortion. Full story at
  • Sotomayor and the Ugliness of Identity Politics

    06/06/2009 4:32:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 827+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 06, 2009 | Brian Garst
    The calculated nomination of judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is the latest example of the rejection of the idea of a color-blind society.  Martin Luther King dared to dream of a future when his four children could "one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."  Unfortunately Yolanda King, the eldest of his children, passed away before that dream was ever realized, as today the discussion surrounding the newest Supreme Court nominee is about the color of her skin, rather than the...
  • Sonia Sotomayor and Racial Preferences - How Obama's Supreme Court pick revived the affirmative...

    06/05/2009 8:10:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 445+ views
    Reason ^ | June 4, 2009 | Cathy Young
    How Obama's Supreme Court pick revived the affirmative action debate The debate over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor has revived the debate over racial preferences—not only because of speculation that Sotomayor herself is an "affirmative action" pick as a Hispanic woman, but also because of her role in the controversial case of Ricci v. DeStefano. It involves a lawsuit by 18 firefighters (17 whites and one Hispanic) in New Haven, Connecticut, denied promotions to lieutenant and captain because no black applicants passed the test. Fearing charges of race discrimination, the city threw out the test and left...
  • New Scrutiny of Judge’s Most Controversial Case [Judge Sotomayor on Ricci v. DeStefano]

    06/05/2009 6:38:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 1,043+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 5, 2009 | Adam Liptak
    Near the end of a long and heated appeals court argument over whether New Haven was entitled to throw out a promotional exam because black firefighters had performed poorly on it, a lawyer for white firefighters challenging that decision made a point that bothered Judge Sonia Sotomayor. “Firefighters die every week in this country,” the lawyer, Karen Lee Torre said. Using the test, she said, could save lives. “Counsel,” Judge Sotomayor responded. “We’re not suggesting that unqualified people be hired. The city’s not suggesting that. All right?” The exchange was unusually charged. Almost everything about the case of Ricci v....

    06/05/2009 3:53:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 518+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 5, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    THE diversity crowd doesn't really believe in diversity. In fact, what it's really aiming for is conformity of opinion. This crowd expects that members of racial and ethnic groups will adhere to liberal orthodoxy, and woe to those who don't fall into line. If Judge Sonia Sotomayor were a conservative or the nominee of a Republican president, we'd be hearing that she wasn't an "authentic" Latina at all. I recall similar arguments used by my critics when I was the first Latina nominated to a US Cabinet back in 2001. You're only celebrated as the "first" by the diversity crowd...
  • Harry Reid wants immigration bill this year [“We have to have a pathway for legalization,”]

    06/04/2009 11:49:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies · 1,166+ views
    Reid wants immigration bill this year By: Manu Raju June 4, 2009 02:12 PM EST Just in case you thought the Senate’s schedule was already stuffed with fierce battles, the chamber’s top Democrat said he wants to take up comprehensive immigration reform this year, opening a new front on a divisive issue that sparked a roiling national debate two summers ago. Passing immigration reform is “going to happen this session,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), referring to the 111th Congress. “But I want it this year if at all possible.” At a press conference with Hispanic leaders touting the Supreme...
  • ‘Women Are More Sensitive. They Think About Other People’

    06/05/2009 5:28:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 966+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Sam Donaldson was right, and getting “different perspectives” is important, then why did Good Morning America put together a segment on Pres. Obama’s Supreme Court nominee that had just one perspective, roughly translatable as “Viva Sotomayor!”? Did the ABC folks really think that MSM liberal Cokie Roberts was going to oppose Sotomayor? Could they have been counting on MSM liberal Sam Donaldson to do so? Oh, and let’s not forget the “expert” we heard from: a professor of . . . women’s studies. That professor, Phyllis Coontz, of Pitt’s women’s studies department, declared: “Women are more sensitive. They think...
  • Supreme Court Battle: Graham Turns Up Heat

    06/04/2009 3:26:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,210+ views
    Roll Call ^ | June 4, 2009 | John Stanton
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) has emerged as the GOP’s leading critic of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, arguing that Republican Senate opposition to her installment should be expected given how President Barack Obama treated former President George W. Bush’s high court picks. Graham is a Judiciary Committee member and a key player in the Senate’s vetting of Sotomayor. He met with the New York appeals court judge Wednesday as part of the Supreme Court hopeful’s week of courtesy calls on Capitol Hill. After their session, Graham refused to say what they talked about but told reporters that “nothing has changed”...
  • Second Senator Says Sonia Sotomayor Backs Roe v. Wade Abortion Case

    06/04/2009 2:27:25 PM PDT · by julieee · 12 replies · 601+ views ^ | June 4, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Second Senator Says Sonia Sotomayor Backs Roe v. Wade Abortion Case Washington, DC -- As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor makes the rounds in meetings with members of the Senate, a second senator says she backs the Roe v. Wade abortion case. Roe, the 1973 Supreme Court decision, allowed virtually unlimited abortions for any reason throughout pregnancy. See
  • Menendez: Voters will punish GOP

    06/04/2009 12:29:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 137 replies · 3,952+ views ^ | June 4, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt and Manu Raju
    Democratic Senate campaign chief Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today issued a stern warning to Republicans up for reelection in 2010: Vote against Sonia Sotomayor at your own peril. His blast at vulnerable GOP senators was the most purely political statement from a Democrat yet in a week of Sotomayor visits to Senate offices. "I think that when all the senators have to cast a vote on Judge Sotomayor, if they select a negative vote, they will have to explain how it is you cast a no vote on someone who has great intellect, on someone who has been committed to the...
  • "Out of Context": Part III (Thomas Sowell)

    06/02/2009 3:55:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1,133+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 2, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    As part of the biographical preoccupation with Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past, the New York Times of May 31st had a feature story on the various New York housing projects in which she and other well-known people grew up— including Whoopi Goldberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Thelonious Monk and Mike Tyson. There was a map of New York City and dots pin-pointing the location of the project in which each celebrity grew up. As an old New Yorker, I was struck by the fact that not one of the 20 celebrities shown grew up in a housing project in Harlem! The housing projects...
  • Sotomayor’s Mistake. The diversity mess. [Victor Davis Hanson]

    06/04/2009 4:59:05 AM PDT · by Tolik · 43 replies · 1,455+ views
    NRO ^ | June 4, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    America is intermarrying, integrating, and assimilating as never before. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has scolded Americans for being “cowards” and not talking more about race. Now, Holder is getting that “dialogue” with the recent controversy surrounding President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Most of the furor surrounds statements on race by Sotomayor herself: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Sotomayor was clear enough. In a broad discussion about sex/race discrimination cases...
  • Is Sotomayor Obama’s “Gift” to the GOP?

    06/03/2009 7:03:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,047+ views
    The New American ^ | 03 June 2009 | Jack Kenny
    Will Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, be for Republicans and for conservatives in general what many have dubbed Vice President Joe Biden?  Biden has been called “the gift that keeps on giving” because of his tendency to stick one and Sotomayor may have some of the same rhetorical tendencies. Indeed, the federal appeals court judge and the vice president appear to have much in common: a keen intellect, an apparently gregarious disposition, and a lively interest in the law and its possibilities for development in and by “interpretation.” Biden, let us not forget,...
  • Bad On Guns (Sotomayor owes Americans an explanation on her view of the 2nd Amendment)

    06/03/2009 5:35:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 706+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6/3/2009 | Brian Darling
    President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, 2nd Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, owes the American people an explanation on her view of the Second Amendment. Most nominees come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and refuse to answer questions about hot-button issues such as abortion, gay marriage, gun rights and the death penalty. The nominee usually says something about not wanting to prejudge future decisions that may come before the High Court. But Sotomayor shouldn’t be allowed to skirt the Second Amendment issue, because she cosigned a decision in a case earlier this year that exhibited a dismissive and hostile...
  • Senators should oppose Sotomayor

    06/04/2009 9:46:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 387+ views ^ | June 4, 2009 | Edward Whelan
    The 67 senators who voted in 1998 to confirm President Bill Clinton’s controversial nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the 2nd Circuit included seven current Republican senators — Bob Bennett of Utah, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Dick Lugar of Indiana and Olympia Snowe of Maine. Of the 29 senators who voted no, 11 are still in the Senate, including Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona, Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions of Alabama and John McCain of Arizona. What bearing, if...
  • Poll: Voters Disagree With Sotomayor on Affirmative Action

    06/03/2009 6:14:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 656+ views
    Newsmax ^ | June 3, 2009 | David A. Patten
    Voters disagree with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's controversial ruling in the New Haven firefighters' reverse-discrimination case by more than three-to-one, a new poll shows. Voters also strongly oppose using affirmative action programs to increase diversity, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning. "If you look at the data," Quinnipiac Assistant Director Peter Brown tells Newsmax, "what's most interesting is how large their objection is for diversity being a reason for affirmative action. The numbers are staggeringly negative." In an unusual survey of 3,100 voters -- most national polls rely on about 1,200 respondents – voters by 71...
  • First lady cites [Judge] Sotomayor's example to graduates

    06/03/2009 5:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 487+ views
    The Dallas Examiner / The Associated Press ^ | June 3, 2009 | Darlene Superville
    First lady Michelle Obama used some high-profile examples - including Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor - to reassure high school graduates any doubts they have about how they will do in college and beyond are not unusual. She mentioned her own anxieties when first starting at Princeton University, as well as the concerns of Sotomayor, the first Hispanic considered for the nation's highest court. Sotomayor attended Princeton before Mrs. Obama and has said the surroundings intimidated her. "I don't know if you know about this phenomenal woman, but the president - she's the president's nominee for the Supreme Court -...
  • VIDEO: Aide To Sotomayor: "Don't Answer Any Questions"

    06/03/2009 4:11:30 PM PDT · by politicalhub · 11 replies · 600+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/03/2009 | Real Clear Politics
    An aide to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told her "don't answer any questions" as a CNN reporter was trying to get her opinion on Newt Gingrich.
  • We're still wondering.. (the Muslim murderer -even Politico gets it)

    06/03/2009 6:57:05 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 48 replies · 1,989+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-2-09 | Politico Staff
    ..why the White House didn't put out a statement responding to the shooting at a military recruitment center Monday. Doesn't that clash a little with their response to the killing of Dr. George Tiller? much Republicans are willing to put on the line to slow Sotomayor's confirmation process - and whether the White House has active plans to undermine opposition. How big a fight would Obama pick to get Sotomayor confirmed by August, rather than in September?
  • A Senator Who's Seen the Other Side

    06/03/2009 2:15:07 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 942+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | By Philip Rucker
    For Jeff Sessions, this moment has been 23 years in the making. If things had gone as planned in 1986, the conservative Alabama prosecutor would have been confirmed to a lifetime appointment to a federal judgeship. But allegations of racism cast Sessions as a throwback to the Jim Crow South, and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down his nomination. Stunned and embarrassed, Sessions returned home to Mobile as a man undone. Soon he turned to politics, was elected to the Senate and joined the very committee that denied him a seat on the federal bench. He ascended from behind the...
  • Sotomayor hard to read on security issues

    06/03/2009 2:16:07 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | By Tom LoBianco
    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor remains something of an enigma on legal matters relating to national security and the war on terror, issues likely to loom large on the high court's docket in the coming years. In one case touching directly on national security questions, Judge Sotomayor ruled for the Bush administration in 2006 in allowing broad search powers to a Vermont ferry operator for security purposes. But in a second case - still pending - she sharply questioned the government's "rendition" policy of shipping suspected terrorists to other countries for questioning.