Live streaming of the Sotomayor hearings
The committee hearings for President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, continue today. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Latina to serve on the court.
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After a morning of praise from Democrats and hesitation from Republicans, the hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor are underway this afternoon. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) is off and running.
3:02 p.m. -- A process that reflects the greatness of our constitution and our nation -- After sharing more details about her own story, Sotomayor thanked the members of the committee. Back on the hot seat tomorrow...
2:59 p.m. Time to hear directly from Sotomayor. Her judicial philosophy: "Fidelity to the law." It's incredible to hear about the sacrifices her mother made and her mother's dedication to better her children's lives -- hard not to be touched by her story.
2:50 p.m. As a woman, I take great pride in this historic nomination -- Gillibrand thanked President Obama for nominating Sotomayor, and both she and Schumer praised Sotomayor's legal experience and humble background. Schumer emphasized that we are "a nation of individuals, all governed by one law." Gillibrand pointed to Sotomayor's experience "working in nearly every aspect of our legal system."
2:30 p.m. I'm here to learn from you -- Less than a week into his term, Al Franken is now a sitting member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Pause for another disturbance in the hearing) Franken, who took the oath of office just last week, is emphasizing his belief in a need for judicial restraint and not activism. Next up: Schumer and Gillibrand
2:25 p.m. Specter is focusing on some particular issues the Court has dealt with recently -- noting what he calls President Bush's "warrantless wiretapping" program. He also has mentioned wanting to have court hearings televised. Interesting...
2:15 p.m. Real people with real problems who are looking for real solutions -- I think Klobuchar hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what the court needs. Coming up: Arlen Specter.
2:00 p.m. A justice for all of us -- Klobuchar is spending much of her time talking about the many women upon whose shoulders Sotomayor stands -- the other women justices and lawyers who blazed the trail for women like Sotomayor. Klobuchar is also highlighting her shared background as a criminal prosecutor, which is sure to make her questions during the hearing particularly interesting.