Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today's papers - Sotomayor does well. Healthcare Fight Begins.

today's papers
Sotomayor: I'm Just a Judge
By Daniel Politi
Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 6:30 AM ET
Most of the papers lead with Sonia Sotomayor's second day in the hot seat at the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the Supreme Court nominee calmly answered hours of questions and assured skeptical Republicans that she doesn't let who she is and where she comes from affect her judicial decisions. She bowed to the power of the precedent and even distanced herself from President Obama's claim that a judge needs to have empathy. "I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does," Sotomayor said. As expected, she avoided answering directly about controversial issues. Overall, "the day produced few of the anticipated fireworks," says the New York Times. "At times, it had more the feel of a law school seminar about statutes of limitation and strict scrutiny standards."

Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, House Democratic leaders unveiled a sweeping health-care bill that takes the lead spot in the Wall Street Journal's world-wide newsbox. The bill would cost more than $1 trillion over 10 years and create a new public insurance option. The measure would raise more than $500 billion by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and penalize businesses that don't provide health insurance. The WSJ focuses heavily on this penalty, noting that it would "hit all but the smallest businesses."

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Daniel Politi writes "Today's Papers" for Slate. He can be reached at

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