President Obama has announced that he will nominate federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor will take the place of Justice David Souter who announced his retirement last month. If confirmed, Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. She will also be one of two woman on the Court, serving with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, retired during the Bush administration. Sotomayor, whose nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the US Senate, is expected to be confirmed easily. The nominee must first be examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee which Democrats control 12 to 7. Many conservatives had talked about aggressively blocking any nominee, but Republican leaders have been backing off that tactic, New York Times. See the New York Law Journal for more information on Judge Sotomayor’s past rulings and judicial philosophy.
Obama will make the announcement of his selection at 10:15 EDT. Watch the announcement live on the Whitehouse website, Whitehouse.gov.
Coming one day after testing a nuclear bomb underground and testing two short-range missiles, North Korea has launched another two short-range missiles. South Korea is on high alert. The UN Security Council is working on a new resolution which will have stricter consequences for the unlawful tests, BBC News.
In news we’ll be watching today, California’s Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that changed the California State Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. 18,000 same-sex marriages were conducted before Prop 8 went into effect. Today’s ruling will also determine whether those marriages are still valid, CNN. Californians are prepared to take to the streets in celebration or protest once the ruling is made, Day of Decision.