Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court bench. 9 Republicans voted for her and she was easily confirmed with a 68-31 vote. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic to serve on the court’s bench, CNN.
The Senate also voted today to provide $2bn for the “cash for clunkers” program, which allows drivers to trade in their fuel inefficient vehicles for newer ones. The program has proved to be immensely popular and blew through it’s budget quickly after 250,000 cars were traded in in a single week, USA Today.
Writer-director John Hughes, noted for his hit ’80s and ’90s movies like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, has died at the age of 59. His spokeswoman said he had a heart attack while walking this morning in Manhattan. Hughes is also known for Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Home Alone, USA Today.
Officials in Pakistan are trying to confirm reports that the Taliban leader in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud, has been killed in the country. Reports say he was killed in a missile attack on a relative’s home and his family has confirmed that one of his wives has been killed, BBC News.
Iran says they will no longer allow the EU to take part in talks about the Iranian nuclear program. Iran blames European countries for helping to cause unrest in the country after the controversial June 12th election results. Numerous EU countries are considering withdrawing their ambassadors from the country, BBC News.
The Organization of American States (OAS) has pledged support for the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. The OAS says they will give coup leaders, who overthrew the president and took control of the government, 72 hours to reinstate Zelaya before they expel the country from the group, NPR.
Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has died at the age of 97. Malden was known for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and Gypsy, among others, CNN.
American author J.D. Salinger has won a lawsuit against a Swedish author attempting to publish what Salinger felt was a “The Catcher in the Rye” rip-off, entitled “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.” Salinger, who has stayed almost entirely out of the public eye for the last few decades, was not present at the hearing, Reuters.
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