The First Draft: Now to the Q+A for Sotomayor

July 14, 2009

The gloves are coming off.USA-COURT/SOTOMAYOR

After a day spent mostly silent, looking on as senators in the Judiciary Committee made their formal opening statements and others lauded her accomplishments, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be peppered with questions today about her qualifications for the life-time appointment.

Sotomayor likely will face tough questioning as the lawmakers seek to find out where she might take the country on issues such as abortion, guns and race. Though Republicans have conceded that Sotomayor will most likely win confirmation in the Democrat-dominated Senate, they likely will use the opportunity to focus on what they call her “activist” history.

Also on Capitol Hill, other lawmakers continue to work on legislation to revamp the healthcare industry after President Barack Obama “put everybody on notice” on Monday and and vowed to overhaul the system.

“Inaction is not an option,’ he said at the White House on Monday, amid talk by lawmakers that the healthcare plan could not be completed by August. “For those naysayers and cynics who think that this is not going to happen, don’t bet against us. We are going to make this thing happen.”

Today Obama travels to Michigan, where he will announce a $12 billion initiative to boost community colleges and increase the number of college graduates.

BASEBALL/Then he heads to St Louis, where he will get one of the perks that comes with being the president: He will throw out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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 Photo credits: REUTERS/Jim Bourg (Sotomayor is sworn in by committee chairman Patrick Leahy); REUTERS/Mike Stone (Busch Stadium in St Louis).

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