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Not much drama in Sotomayor confirmation

This town loves nothing so much as the prospect of a good battle over a Supreme Court nominee. Endless hours are devoted to speculation about the chances of Senate confirmation and every stone on the candidate's path through life will be turned over by the press, opposing forces and just plain acquaintances who want a moment in the spotlight.


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Obama, Sotomayor and ‘identity politics’

At first glance, President Barack Obama's pick of Hispanic federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court appears to be a strong political move that appeals to the Latino base that helped put him in office and that he needs to win another term.

But some are also raising the question of whether the selection of the first Hispanic for the High Court is also just another abandonment of promises that he made during the election.


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Obama selects Hispanic for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.

Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court had when nominated, adding she has earned the "respect of colleagues on the bench, the admiration of many lawyers who argue cases in her court and the adoration of her clerks, who look to her as a mentor."

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Racial debate dogs Memorial Day recognition

President Barack Obama sought to dodge racial controversy on Memorial Day, sending wreaths to a monument for Confederate soldiers and other flowers to a memorial honoring more than 200,000 African-Americans who fought for the Union during the Civil War.


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Obama: No one goes to war without cause

President Barack Obama promised graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that, as their commander in chief, he will only send them "into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary." In his first address to military graduates, Obama also pledged to invest in the men and women who defend America's liberty, not just in the weapons they would take with them into battle against 21st century threats.


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Obama signs credit card reform into law

President Barack Obama warned overeager shoppers and greedy credit card companies alike on Friday to act responsibly as he signed into law a bill designed to protect debt-ridden consumers from surprise charges.

The White House staged a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, an indication of the legislation's importance to Obama. Though opposed by many financial companies, the bill cleared Congress with broad support.


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Obama set to address Naval Academy grads

President Barack Obama wants to assure graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy that he will invest not just in weapons but also in the people who keep the country safe.

Obama was to mark the start of the Memorial Day weekend with his final commencement speech of the season Friday at the naval academy in Annapolis, Md. Administration officials said the president would thank the graduates for their service and praise them for embracing character over celebrity and country over self.


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Obama to sign credit card reform bill Friday

President Barack Obama was expected to sign into law on Friday a package of sweeping new limits on credit card interest rates and fees that won final approval from the U.S. Congress on Wednesday .

In a major victory for the president and congressional Democrats, the House of Representatives voted 361-64 to approve the so-called "credit cardholder bill of rights".


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