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Obama Nominates Sotomayor to Be Court’s First Hispanic Female Justice

Judy Woodruff recaps President Obama's announcement of his nomination of Federal Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

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    President Obama nominated Federal Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court today. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the high court.

    We'll report the other major stories of this day, including the California Supreme Court's upholding a ban on gay marriage and six American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. That follows our full lead story coverage of the Supreme Court nomination, which Judy Woodruff now begins.


    The president, Vice President Biden, and the nominee entered the East Room of the White House with broad smiles.

    BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: I have decided to nominate an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice: Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the great state of New York.