Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The looking back is not quite as good as First READ...


Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor began making the rounds on Capitol Hill. She responded on her "wise Latina" remark this way, according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy: "What she said was, of course, one's life experience shapes who you are. But ultimately and completely -- she used those words -- ultimately and completely as a judge you follow the law. There's not one law for one race or another. There's not one law for one color or another." http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950708.aspx

On the matter of the "wise Latina" comment, aides involved in the confirmation process with Sotomayor lay out an argument say that the judge's critics have focused "on a line from a speech" rather than taking issue with her judicial record. Aides said the controversial comment "is not a big deal to us" during this process and suggest, "There is no disagreement that diversity is good on the bench." http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950922.aspx

The president got another Obamacan today. He nominated Republican Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) to the post of secretary of the Army. McHugh is the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950343.aspx

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced that he will not seek reelection in 2010, fueling speculation that he is at least considering a 2012 presidential bid. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950636.aspx

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was at the White House this afternoon when President Obama signed into law the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act, NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950301.aspx

See you in September? Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said he hopes Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) will "keep an open mind" about the timetable for the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. Sessions said if President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed after September hearings, there would be still be enough time for her to join the Supreme Court by its next session on the first Monday in October. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950689.aspx

Sessions, though, appears to have misstated when David Souter intends to retire from the Supreme Court, which would affect the timeline for Sotomayor's hearings, NBC's Pete Williams reports. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950939.aspx

Seeking to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's back-and-forth with the CIA in the news -- despite so much else going on (Sotomayor's SCOTUS nomination, GM's bankruptcy, Obama's upcoming overseas trip) -- House Minority Leader John Boehner once again called for a bipartisan investigation into Pelosi's allegations that the CIA deliberately misled her, NBC's Luke Russert reports. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950848.aspx

GOP Senate aides responded to the inside vs. outside debate among conservatives and elected Republicans over the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports. They made a point to downplay the letter sent to Senate Republicans from 145 conservatives as "pretty innocuous." http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950507.aspx

Low turnout is being reported for today's New Jersey gubernatorial primary. While skies are currently clear throughout New Jersey, the National Weather Service forecasts that all parts of the state have at least a 30% chance of seeing a thunderstorm later this afternoon, NBC's Harry Enten reports. Could rain and lower turnout today help Lonegan overcome his deficit in the polls to former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie? http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950880.aspx and http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/02/1950462.aspx

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