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Sotomayor: Who Could Be More American?

Ed Hayes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Hayes

There are those who see Judge Sotomayor as an example of the American Dream, a woman who came from a working-class background into the best schools and drove herself intellectually and physically.

Gender and the Judge: Sotomayor Encounters a Familiar Bias

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The direct questioning has been (mostly) civil and (mostly) relevant to the job of serving on the highest court in the land. But it is the flanking actions that say volumes about the realities of women, work and bias.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Activist?

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

In all the hullabaloo about so-called "judicial activism," wouldn't it be refreshing to hear some questions about "judicial passivism" as well?

Sotomayor Hearings (VIDEO, UPDATES): Day 4

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judge Sonia Sotomayor appeared Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the fourth day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Our full ...

Sonia Sotomayor's Amazing Judicial Temperament

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Sotomayor displayed admirable self-control and patience throughout this hearing. I, on the other hand, found myself yelling at the TV screen during the question periods from some of the senators.

Sotomayor Hearings (VIDEO, UPDATES): Day 3

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judge Sonia Sotomayor appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Our full ...

Wise Women Unite! What Sotomayor Should Have Said

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

Racial and ethnic minorities and women are the only groups asked to check their identity at the door. It is assumed that once given access to power, they will try to funnel those resources to their own kind.

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow, Dahlia Lithwick Discuss GOP Latina Fixation (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last night, Rachel Maddow dug into the day of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's hearings, which she characterized as being far more revealing about Sotomayor's ...

The Sotomayor Hearings - Branding the Neo-Confederates

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

If you read the liberal blogosphere, you know about Senator Sessions's history of dubious racial statements. If you're following on most of the mainstream media, you don't.

Senator, Would You Be Ok With an All White Court? Really?

David Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weinberger

If all else were equal, would you prefer to have a Court made up of nine white men from similar backgrounds, or a Court that includes men and women of various hues and from a variety of backgrounds?

I'm Against Sonia Sotomayor

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Why oh why do we persist in having these hearings? Or why do we persist in believing -- or hoping against hope -- that these hearings will be revelatory (or at least great theater and politics)?

Balls, Strikes and Empathy

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kelly

They've got to give the balls and strikes thing a rest. Sotomayor's replacing David Souter, not Benito Santiago. Justice isn't a game and a Supreme Court Justice isn't an umpire.

Sotomayor Challenge Blows Up in Sessions' Face

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ouch! Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 "wise Latina" speech, and contr...

Sam Stein

Kyl Accuses Sotomayor Of "Relativism Run Amok" (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Jon Kyl gave a lengthy speech (R-Ariz.) during his question and answer session with Sonia Sotomayor that was undoubtedly the type of red-meat inq...

Sam Stein

Sotomayor Says Roe v. Wade Is Established Law (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judge Sonia Sotomayor declared unequivocally on Tuesday that the right to choose an abortion, as determined by Roe v. Wade, was established as law by ...

Sen. Grassley Admits To Different Standards For Alito And Sotomayor

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the opening day of confirmation hearings, Judge Sonia Sotomayor came under fire from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) for stating that her experien...

Every Judge Is an "Activist Judge"

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Whenever interpretation occurs during rulings, justices rely on their past experiences, ideologies, biases, prejudices, and yes -- the most dreaded of human qualities -- empathy.

The GOP's Canny Hit Plan on Sotomayor

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP's goal is to bully, cow, and badger Sotomayor on the hit points to insure that she toes the line not solely before the panel, but on the bench.

Crying "Activist"

Jessica Loudis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Loudis

Perhaps the right questions aren't whether or not Sotomayor is an activist or if she's biased in favor of minorities, but rather, what kind of perspective she'll be bringing to the court.

Obama Faces First National Security Failure as Sotomayor and Health Care Hang in the Balance

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Last week's sustained cyber-attacks on some of our country's most sensitive government networks exposed how a country that lives by the technology can also perish by the technology.

Key Moments to Watch at the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, Part II of a Live Blog Preview

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

In this second of two posts previewing my live blogging for Huffington Post next week, I look at what could be some of the key moments in the Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

Sonia Sotomayor's Core Lies In New York City

New York Times | MICHAEL POWELL, SERGE F. KOVALESKI and RUSS BUETTNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A daughter of the Bronx, Sonia Sotomayor claims the Brooklyn Bridge as her power-walking trail, the specialty shops of Greenwich Village as her grocer...

Frank Ricci: All You Need To Know (PHOTOS, INFO, VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans have announced that they plan to call on Frank Ricci, the white firefighter whose reverse discrimination claim was rejected by Supreme Cou...

Michael Jackson and the Supreme Court

Nicolaus Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicolaus Mills

The tributes to Jackson have come with a high political price. They have deflected attention from the most racially charged and economically important Supreme Court decision in years.

A Live Blog Primer for the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, Part I -- Defining Victory

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Next week, I will have the privilege of live blogging the Sotomayor confirmation hearings for the Huffington Post.