Sotomayor tells Judiciary Committee her rulings were driven by the law, not personal belief

Sotomayor says the law, not beliefs, drove rulings

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the law, not her personal and professional experiences, has driven her rulings as a judge.

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Set to join Judiciary Committee, Franken sees role in Sotomayor hearings as ‘people’s proxy’

Franken eyes role as ‘people’s proxy’ in hearings

WASHINGTON — Finally joining the Senate, Democrat Al Franken envisions playing the “people’s proxy” during Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court hearings.

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Civl rights group Sotomayor advised brought case similar to Connecticut firefighters’ dispute

Group Sotomayor belonged to sued over job tests

WASHINGTON — Newly available documents show that a civil rights group advised by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor brought several discrimination lawsuits in the 1980s that sought to scrap the results of job tests because too few Hispanics scored well.

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Attorney General Holder says there could be 50 or more trials of Guantanamo detainees

AG Holder: 50 or more Gitmo trials possible

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday there may be 50 or more trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees as the Obama administration works to shut the detention center by early next year.

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Senate’s top Republican says blocking Sotomayor’s confirmation with a filibuster is an option

McConnell says blocking Sotomayor is an option

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s too early to talk about supporting or opposing Sonia Sotomayor. But he says blocking her nomination to the Supreme Court with a filibuster is an option.

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Lawmakers hope to deny convicted judge full salary, votes to investigate his crimes

Judiciary Committee agrees to investigate judge

WASHINGTON — A House committee has taken the first step toward impeaching a Texas federal judge and stripping him of his salary as he heads to prison for lying about sexually abusing two female employees.

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Democrats race to hearings on interrogations memos that have put spotlight on House speaker

Democrats race to hearings on interrogation memos

WASHINGTON — Casting aside their president’s misgivings, Democrats are racing into hearings to criticize newly released Bush administration memos justifying harsh terrorism interrogations.

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RNC chair says ‘empathize right on your behind’ to Obama’s criteria for Supreme Court pick

RNC chair denigrates Obama desire for empathy

NEW YORK — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has a message for President Barack Obama and his stated goal of replacing Justice David Souter with a judge who brings empathy to the Supreme Court bench: “Empathize right on your behind.”

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Dems give Specter Judiciary subcommittee chair after failing to honor 28 years seniority

Specter gets subcommittee chair, primary challenge

WASHINGTON — Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter gained a Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship but also a potential primary challenger Thursday, the latest twists in a turbulent episode of party switching.

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Dems give Specter Judiciary subcommittee chair after failing to honor 28 years seniority

Dems give Specter Judiciary subcommittee chair

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats gave party switcher Arlen Specter a plum Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship on Thursday as a potential primary challenger to the veteran Pennsylvania lawmaker stepped forward.

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