July 14th, 2009
11:47 AM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor says she recognizes individual right to bear arms

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judge Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that she recognizes an individual right to bear arms as recently identified by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I have friends who hunt" and "understand fully" the Second Amendment right identified in the ruling District of Columbia v. Heller, she said.

The recent Supreme Court 5-4 ruling concluded that a sweeping handgun ban in the nation's capital violated Americans' constitutional right to "keep and bear arms."

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July 14th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin takes aim at Obama over energy

Palin takes aim at Obama's energy legislation.
Palin takes aim at Obama's energy legislation.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin may be set to resign her post as governor of Alaska, but the former Republican vice presidential candidate is signaling she has no plans to retreat from publicly taking aim at the Obama administration.

In a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday, the Alaska governor sharply criticizes President Obama's energy legislation, declaring it an "enormous threat to our economy" that would "inflict permanent damage."

In the 700-word commentary, Palin also takes a dig at the national media and says her focus going forward will be on policy matters.

"Many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges," writes Palin. "So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be."

Palin specifically attacks the "cap and trade" proposal in the White House-backed legislation, under which companies would be required to buy and sell emissions credits. Proponents of the legislation say such a requirement would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, while critics contend it would amount to a crippling tax on the energy industry that would dramatically increase costs to consumers.

"There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources," Palin writes. "But the answer doesn't lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy."

The bill passed a sharply-divided House of Representatives late last month and faces an uncertain future in the Senate where several moderate and conservative Democrats have indicated that they received heavy constituent pressure to vote against the legislation.

In a radio address hours after the bill's passage, Obama hailed the legislation as a "jobs bill" that will "lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries."

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July 14th, 2009
11:18 AM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor calls Roe v. Wade abortion ruling 'settled' law

Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is a matter of settled law.
Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is a matter of settled law.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judge Sotomayor said Tuesday the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortion, is a matter of "settled" law.

While refusing to offer her personal view of the decision, she noted that the core holding in Roe was reaffirmed in the 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Sotomayor made her remarks in response to a question from Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, during the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.


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July 14th, 2009
11:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Ensign says he will seek re-election

Nevada Gov. John Ensign said Monday he will run for reelection.
Nevada Gov. John Ensign said Monday he will run for reelection.

(CNN) - Sen. John Ensign has no intention of resigning his seat and will run for re-election in 2012.

"I fully plan on running for reelection," the Nevada Republican told the Las Vegas Sun Monday. "I'm going to work to earn their respect back."

Ensign, who has admitted to an affair with a former campaign staffer, also told the paper he is receiving calls and e-mails from constituents encouraging him to stay in office, and said Senate leaders "on both sides" have offered their support.

He said he is being told to "(k)eep your head up. This thing will pass."

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July 14th, 2009
11:03 AM ET
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Sotomayor: Congress must take lead on affirmative action

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Judge Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that the question of whether affirmative action is needed is "always first a legislative determination."

The Constitution, she noted, promotes and requires the equal protection of all citizens.

"It is firmly my hope," she said, that in 25 years race won't need to be considered as factor. The country, she said, has made great strides in racial matters in recent years. She also cited, however, situations with "compelling state interests" - such as university admissions - where the state often applies a solution "that is very narrowly tailored."

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Sotomayor specifically noted a case involving the University of Michigan law school, where the high court ruled that it was appropriate for race to be considered as one of several factors. She also noted, however, a companion case in which the high court rejected a system of racial quotas in the undergraduate admissions program in the University of Michigan.


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July 14th, 2009
10:36 AM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor: word choice bad in 'wise Latina' remark

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Given the chance to explain her "wise Latina" remark, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday her word choice was bad.

"I want to state up front, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging," Sotomayor said on the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination by President Barack Obama to be the first Hispanic justice on the the nation's highest court.

Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, gave Sotomayor the opportunity to comment on criticism over her past statements that she hoped "a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

"No words I have ever spoken for written have received so much attention," Sotomayor said of the statement from past speeches to law students, particularly Hispanic students.

"I was trying to inspire them to believe that their life experiences would enrich the legal system, because different life experiences and backgrounds always do," she said. "I don't think that there is a quarrel with that in our society."

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July 14th, 2009
10:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Why is Senate Judiciary so lopsided?

Twelve Democrats and seven Republicans are seated on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Twelve Democrats and seven Republicans are seated on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – When the Senate reorganized after the last election, in which Democrats grew their majority to at least 59 seats, Republicans and Democrats agreed the Democrats would hold an 11 to 8 seat majority in the Judiciary Committee.

In the last Senate, Democrats held a 10-9 edge in that committee. But at the time, the Democrats held a narrower 55-45 seat advantage in the Senate.

After former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter flipped parties, it was decided to just add his Judiciary seat to the Democratic side of the aisle without replacing him on the Republican side.

That gave the Democrats the current 12-7 advantage on the committee.

One note: Sen. Al Franken joined the committee last week, but that didn't change the committee ratio because Sen. Ron Wyden - who at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's request was a place holder on the committee until the Minnesota Senate race was resolved - left the committee upon Franken's arrival.

July 14th, 2009
10:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor says she recognizes individual right to bear arms

Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that she 'understand(s) fully' the second amendment.
Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that she 'understand(s) fully' the second amendment.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judge Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that she recognizes an individual right to bear arms as recently identified by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I have friends who hunt" and "understand fully" the Second Amendment right identified in the ruling District of Columbia v. Heller, she said.

The recent Supreme Court 5-4 ruling concluded that a sweeping handgun ban in the nation's capital violated Americans' constitutional right to "keep and bear arms."


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July 14th, 2009
10:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor says New Haven firefighters ruling based on judicial precedent

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Judge Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that her ruling in the hotly contested 2008 case Ricci v. DeStefano, where she backed the city of New Haven's decision to throw out the results of a firefighter promotion exam because almost no minorities qualified for promotions, was based strictly on well-established legal precedent.

Sotomayor, speaking on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said the case was decided on the basis of "a very thorough, 78-page decision by the district court" and followed an "established precedent."

"This was not quota case or (an) affirmative action case," she said. The case was a challenge to a firefighter test that had a wide range of difference between the pass and failure rate of different groups. The city of New Haven, she noted, was at risk of being sued by employees who could show they were "disparately impacted" by the test.

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July 14th, 2009
10:05 AM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor talks court's 'limited jurisdiction'

Judge Sonia Sotomayor kicked off the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor kicked off the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Judge Sonia Sotomayor kicked off the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday telling members of the Senate Judiciary Committee she is guided by a "full appreciation" of the limited jurisdiction of the court system, but of its importance as well.

Central to judging, she argued, is the need to keep an open mind, examine only the relevant facts for each case, and then make a "decision that is limited to what the law says."

"The law is not legal theory," she argued. "It's facts."

Sotomayor made her remarks in response to a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the chairman of the committee.


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