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Obama Addresses Plans to Curb Swine Flu
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/10/2009 - 17:15

President Barack Obama completed a two-day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he took part in a summit—dubbed the Three Amigos' summit—with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The three met today to discuss, among other things, their commitment to fighting swine flu and climate change. In a joint statement, they said their countries will collaborate to combat the threats.


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Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed as First Latina Supreme Court Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 08/06/2009 - 15:10

The Senate just voted 68-31 in favor of confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor, officially making her the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States

We were moved to tears here in the Latina offices, similarly to how we felt on the evening on Nov. 6, 2008, when Barack Obama became the first African American President. Sonia Sotomayor—like President Obama—has a history deeply rooted in perseverance, education and the love of family and country.


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Senate Judiciary Committee Sends Sotomayor Nomination to Full Vote
By Mariela Rosario | 07/28/2009 - 13:29

The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to pass Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court on to a full vote in the Senate. The committee voted 13-6 to confirm, split almost directly along party lines with all Democrats voting to confirm Sotomayor and only one Republican, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, voting in her favor. “I feel good about Judge Sotomayor,” Graham stated.


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Sonia Sotomayor Schools Senators (and Us)
By Mariela Rosario | 07/17/2009 - 12:45

As I said before, I still don't feel as though I've learned many new things about Sonia Sotomayor this week, even though her Senate confirmation hearings just ended. I have, however, learned more about the law and our constitution and that is all thanks to Sotomayor's measured, thoughtful and yes, "wise" responses to the questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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Enduring the Sotomayor Hearings
By Mariela Rosario | 07/14/2009 - 16:40

It has been very difficult to sit through today's questioning of Sonia Sotomayor without wanting to reach through the screen and shake one or two of these distinguished senators. Between the embarrassing fawning of the Democrats and the broken record recitation of her "wise Latina" comment by the Republicans, I can't say that I have learned much more about Judge Sonia Sotomayor than I knew before the hearing started.


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Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Begin Today
By Mariela Rosario | 07/13/2009 - 09:21

After meeting with more than 80 senators and weathering weeks of intense scrutiny, Sonia Sotomayor looks forward to her Supreme Court confirmation hearings starting today. If confirmed, Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will be the 111th justice and the first Latino to ever sit on the nation's highest court.


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Honduran Foreign Minister Apologizes for Racially Charged Statement About Obama
By Christine Estevez | 07/09/2009 - 16:25

The new foreign minister of Honduras, Enrique Ortez, told reporters he apologized in writing to President Barack Obama for an insensitive comment he made about the U.S. leader. Ortez was recently appointed foreign minister by “president” Roberto Micheletti.


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Sonia Sotomayor A Front Runner for Supreme Court Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 05/04/2009 - 12:20

Supreme Court Justice David Souter's imminent retirement has given the Obama administration a chance to do something that has never been done before: Appoint a Latina to the Supreme Court. And chances are looking good for NYC native Sonia Sotomayor.


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Obama Officially Lightening Travel Restrictions to Cuba
By Yuliana Gomez | 04/13/2009 - 17:32

Reuters.com is reporting that today President Barack Obama announced easing of restrictions on family travel and cash gifts from the United States to Cuba.


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U.S. Officials Begin Talks With Cuban Government
By Yuliana Gomez | 04/06/2009 - 16:50

This past weekend, seven U.S. legislators began talks with Cuban government officials, the Latin American Herald Tribune is reporting; the meetings are aimed at starting up a dialogue between two countries that have not had diplomatic relations in several decades.


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