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The One Question Not Asked about Sonia Sotomayor

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

This debate on Sonia Sotomayor is to legitimacy what Pinky and the Brain are to the war on terrorism.

Obama Picks Sotomayor -- Color America Proud

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

This is a significant and beautiful day for our nation. There is so much else that will be said -- but let us take the time to say that first.

WATCH: "Is Sotomayor Smart Enough?" Attack Ad

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

Maybe the problem is that most right wingers don't know what summa cum laude means. Most likely, they're just desperately making stuff up to try to stop an extremely qualified nominee.

Jason Linkins

How The Media Will Smear Sotomayor (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sotomayor's nomination guarantees us of the one thing we know the media can cover well: a big shiny melodramatic political battle royale in which tempers rage but whose outcome is basically predetermined.

Republicans Get All F*cked Up Over Opposing First Hispanic Supreme Court Choice

John Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Marshall

The artist formerly known as the Republican Senator Arlen Specter said that as a hermaphrodemocratite, if he opposed Sotomayor his head would explode.

More RNC Talking Points on Sotomayor Nomination Leaked

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

Jason Linkins

Diane Wood, Supreme Court Prospect: A Definitive Take | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

About two weeks ago, I criticized Jeffrey Rosen for a profile of potential Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Purporting to be "The Case Against ...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: May 19, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The best work of Brian Joseph Burton, better known as DJ/produce par excellence Danger Mouse, is also best known for being illegal. Naturally, I refe...

Jason Linkins

Supreme Court Picks: Readers Speak Up | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If I had to boil down popular sentiment into a per curiam opinion, LOTS OF YOU want to drag Al Gore away from his family and environmental work back into public life as a Supreme Court Justice.

Judge Ruben Castillo: Obama Argued Case Before Possible Supreme Court Pick In 1995

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Barack Obama was just four years out of law school when he appeared before U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, representing Calvin Roberson in a lawsu...

Empathy for Society's Child

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don McNay

I want someone on the United States Supreme Court who can look back at actions that were wrong, feel a sense of injustice and make amends, even if the act happened forty or fifty years ago.

Jason Linkins

Bob Schieffer Raps David Souter For His Dislike Of Washington (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It didn't inflame as quickly or resonate as deeply as some of those standout moments that occurred in his conversation with Dick Cheney, but Bob Schie...

Sam Stein

Steele: Perez Hilton Is Obama's Kind Of "Empathetic Judge" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Steele has made perhaps the most peculiar case yet against President Obama's criteria for choosing a Supreme Court nominee. It involves the qu...

Diane Wood, Potential Obama Supreme Court Nominee, In Spotlight On Religious Symbols Case

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On its face, the so-called mezuzah case sparks an interesting question: Does a condo association violate owners' civil rights by banning religious sym...

Jason Linkins

Sessions: Gay Supreme Court Nominee "Would Be A Big Concern" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday morning, Jeff Sessions made news after he appeared on Morning Joe and said, of the pending SCOTUS nomination, "I don't think a person who ac...

Lisa Madigan Rates Mention As Possible Obama Supreme Court Pick

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Dozens of names have surfaced as potential replacements for Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who is retiring at the end of this year's term. The mo...

Jason Linkins

Unlike TNR, WaPo Finds Sources With Actual Names To Talk About Sotomayor [UPDATED: Rosen Responds In TNR] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Who would have imagined that calling up one of Sotomayor's former employers might yield insight into her ability?

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: May 6, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

AFP has the story on the effects of the swine flu on the nation of Afghanistan, where officials have locked up the country's only pig for the time bei...

Jason Linkins

Readers: Give Us Your Supreme Opinions! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you have an opinion - or a dissent! - please share it with us, whether it's a personal nomination, an overlooked area of legal concern, or a specific criteria you'd look for in a Supreme Court nominee.

Jason Linkins

TNR's "Case Against Sotomayor" Reliant On Anonymous Sources, Uninformed Opinion | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If one of the virtues of our legal system is the right to be confronted by one's accusers, then Jeffrey Rosen's case in the New Republic is a little wanting.

"Empathy" -- Who's Got It, Who Does Not

Daniel Goleman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

There are at least three varieties of empathy, each with very different implications for spotting the right candidate.

Hispanic Justice

Prof. Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Prof. Joe Peyronnin

I urge President Obama to nominate the first Hispanic Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. And, by so doing, President Obama can make history again.

Anita Hill Should Be Obama's First Supreme Court Nominee: Columnist

Vanity Fair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'd like to see President Obama appoint Brandeis University law professor Anita Hill. She's reasonably young, smart, and--after her ordeal testifying ...

Seth Waxman: Supreme Court Nominee? All You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Seth Waxman, one of the names on the short list for President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee once Justice David Souter retires in June, wa...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: May 1, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey everybody, did you know that today, there was a mighty Teabagging set for Michigan? Professional poli-sci hobo Joe The Plumber was supposed to be...