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Confirmation 101: By the book

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's opening appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee could well go down as a textbook case of how a Supreme Court nominee should handle herself.

She was…

Sotomayor handles Republicans with ease

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, whose confirmation as the first Hispanic on the US Supreme Court is virtually assured, returns to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a third day of Senate grilling.

Sotomayor: ‘I’m nobody’s clone’

Sonia Sotomayor said she's nobody's clone. She's spent a good part of her confirmation hearings showing it — and perhaps offering a preview of how she would carry herself on…

Sotomayor questioning begins on the Hill

Senate Republicans plan to confront Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with her own words, taken from speeches dating back 15 years, as they try to raise doubts about her ability…

A calm, focused nominee faces Senate

Intensely focused, Sonia Sotomayor sits like a statue as senator after senator addresses her, as well as a nationwide TV audience, at her confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice. Occasionally,…

Sotomayor hearings take center stage

As Sonia Sotomayor enters confirmation hearings this week to become the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Supreme Court, the hoopla surrounding her nomination has become a melodrama where hyperbole…

Blue Dog Democrats split with Obama

Conservative House Democrats are demanding significant changes before they can support a sweeping health care overhaul, forcing the House to join the Senate in delaying action on President Barack Obama's…

Burris will give up Senate seat

Roland Burris gambled that he could accept a U.S. Senate appointment from a political pariah and still be seen as an honest, hardworking public servant. He lost.

Burris was…

Ensign’s parents paid off his mistress

Sen. John Ensign said Thursday his parents gave his mistress and her family nearly $100,000 "out of concern for the well being of longtime family friends during a difficult time,"…

A Robin Hood health care plan?

House Democrats at work on health legislation are narrowing in on an income tax surcharge on the highest-paid wage earners to help pay the cost of subsidizing insurance for the…