08/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

July 20, 2009, News Update

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. Actually, they were more like talkings. According to a blogger, Senators uttered twice as many words as she did. At the end, empathy trumped antipathy.

Wise Latina woman wise enough not to crack wise at silly questions.

Sen. Lindsay Graham asked her about anonymous comments, saying "she's a terror on the bench"...."she's nasty to lawyers"...."she behaves in an out of control manner" apparently got her confused with Justice Scalia, Senator.

Sotomayor said she was inspired to become a prosecutor when watching Perry Mason Show. Jeff Sessions inspired to be a Senator by watching Senator Claghorn.

CNN's Rick Sanchez interviewed his mother about Sotomayor, mostly in Spanish. Who does he think he is, having his mother on the show, David Letterman? And why didn't he get her recipe for chiles rellenos while he was at it?

Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford wins MVP award at baseball All-Star game for making homer-robbing catch. Award should have gone to Albert Pujols for catching President Obama's first pitch before it bounced to plate. Useless information department: Obama's a lefty -- like four of his last six predecessors.

White House hoping his pitch for national health care better than his baseball toss.

No homers hit in game. No players tested positive for steroids.

HuffPo's Art Brodsky gets his knickers all twisted because Washington Post published op-ed piece on energy policy by Sarah Palin. Hey, Art, that's what an op-ed page is for. Besides, you have no idea of how much the Post charged her for printing it. And at least give her credit for not stopping writing halfway through it.

USA Today/Gallup poll shows 71% of Republicans contacted said they would vote for Palin for President. GOP= Giddy Over Palin. Suppose White House trembling over prospect of Obama/Palin race in 2012?

Former Rep. Mickey Edwards, (R-OK) calls on Congress to launch investigation into possible crimes under Bush Administration. Guess he's not planning to run again-at least not as a Republican.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who's black, appeals to NAACP to embrace GOP. Michael, shouldn't it be the other way around?

Gov. Mark Sanford and wife Jenny go on vacation at undisclosed location. Betcha it's not Argentina. Or hiking in Appalachia.

Custody hearing postponed for Michael Jackson's "children." Why the quotation marks? Have you seen those kids? If they're Michael's biological children, I'm Barack Obama's half-brother.

Sales of Jackson albums and DVD skyrocket after death. Still not a good career move.

Ubiquitous TV pitchman Billy Mays dies at age 50, but commercials will stay on air. So, don't throw away your mute button just yet.

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