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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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Santana Tells Obama to "Legalize It!"
By Mariela Rosario | 04/03/2009 - 16:30

During a recent online town hall meeting President Obama seemed to brush off a question about the legalization of marijuana. When asked whether or not legalizing and taxing pot sales could help pull the country out of economic crisis, Obama chuckled and responded that he didn't think it was "good economic policy." He then joked, "I don't know what this says about the online audience." Zing!


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Are Immigrants Really Stealing American Jobs?
By Mariela Rosario | 03/20/2009 - 09:00

The Room for Debate blog on nytimes.com recently had a group of experts weigh in on the recession and competition for lower-wage jobs between native-born workers and immigrants, both legal and illegal. We've always heard people scream about how immigrants "steal jobs from real citizens" or how Americans would "never accept the jobs that immigrants do" and were fascinated to hear what those on the front lines of this issue had to say.


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