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1st Day of Questioning: Sotomayor Survives

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor survived her first day of questioning by the Senate Judicial Committee. Republicans grilled Sotomayor on her positions on abortion, gun control, and race/gender discrimination, as well as questioning her remarks that “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Sotomayor clarified that she meant only that a person’s life experiences have the ability to give them better understanding of the world, not that Latino women necessarily make better decisions than white men. The hearings continue tomorrow with questions by the Senators who didn’t get a chance to go today, then a closed session to discuss Sotomayor’s FBI background check before a second round of questioning, New York Times.

CSPAN has full video of the hearing. You can watch the whole session or watch questioning by individual Senators. The questioning by Sen. Sessions and Sen. Graham were the most contentious, CSPAN.

The House of Representative, meanwhile, was also busy today, releasing the first draft of the health care overhaul legislation. The plan by House Democrats would create a public health insurance plan option and would require individuals to either sign up with the public plan or find private insurance that they like better. The plan would cost $1.5 trillion and would be paid for by raising taxes on those who make more than $280,000 a year, San Francisco Chronicle. Reuters Factbox.

The Episcopal Church voted to end the ban on gay clergy today. The vote may get the Church kicked out of the Anglican Communion, but members said they felt compelled to vote their conscience, Associated Press.

The UK will begin a massive swine flu vaccination initiative and plans to vaccinate everyone in the UK once enough vaccine is available. 17 people have died of swine flu in the UK and over 300 have been treated in hospital, Wall Street Journal.

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