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Sotomayor Heads to the Senate

The justices who evaluated Ricci are not “raceless,” yet no one suggests their whiteness influences their views on racial inequality. Sotomayor, though, is branded a "racist" because she voted to uphold a lower court decision based on well-established legal theory.

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Supreme Court Reverses Ricci Decision; Finds White Firefighters Unfairly Denied Promotion

The Supreme Court has reversed the Second Circuit ruling in Ricci vs. DeStefano, the case in which white firefighters have argued that they had been discriminated against when a promotional exam on which no African-American firefighters scored highly enough to be promoted was discarded.

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Supreme Court Rules Strip Search of Female High School Student Illegal

File this under “Phew”: the Supreme Court ruled today that the strip search of an Arizona high school student was unconstitutional.

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Roe Protects the Full Range of Pregnant Women’s Rights

Will the Senate Judiciary Committee ask Sotomayor about her position on Roe‘s role in protecting all the rights of pregnant women?

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Sotomayor, Race and Gender: An Abortion Debate by Proxy

Charges that racism and sexism might influence Judge Sotomayor’s decision-making are a proxy for the far right’s concerns about her positions on choice, discrimination, and immigration rights.

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Roundup: Should Abortion Rights Groups Be Reassured on Sotomayor?

Obama, Sotomayor agree on “unenumerated rights;” British health department fights releasing details of late-term abortions publicly.

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Spinning the Sotomayor Abortion Debate in the NYT

In her reader diary, Julie Hollar writes, The New York Times demonstrates how not to report on reproductive rights groups’ reaction to the Sotomayor nomination: by going to anti-choice activists to frame the story.

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Roundup: Where Does Sotomayor Stand on Abortion Rights?

Where does Sotomayor stand on abortion rights?; Oklahoma bans sex-selective abortions.

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Weekly Pulse: Sotomayor an Enigma on Abortion?

Early reactions to Sonia Sotomayor try to gauge her position on abortion rights.

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Framing the Sotomayor Debate

President Obama has made a Supreme Court pick that couldn’t be more different from Harriet Miers — a candidate with such a strong judicial record and empathetic stance that it’s been hard for many in the Right to establish a coherent argument in her opposition.

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