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Sotomayor’s Opinion Marks the Supreme Court’s First Use of the Term ‘undocumented immigrant.’

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ThinkProgress.org/Amanda Terkel—Yesterday, the Supreme Court “released its first four decisions in argued cases this term,” including one marking Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s debut.

In an otherwise dry opinion, Justice Sotomayor did introduce one new and politically charged term into the Supreme Court lexicon.

Justice Sotomayor’s opinion in the case, Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter, No. 08-678, marked the first use of the term “undocumented immigrant,” according to a legal database. The term “illegal immigrant” has appeared in a dozen decisions.

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Sotomayor Draws Retort From Fellow Justice Clarance Thomas

New York Times/Adam Liptak—The Supreme Court released its first four decisions in argued cases this term on Tuesday. They were all minor, but one was notable for being Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court debut and for prompting a testy concurrence from Justice Clarence Thomas.

The case concerned whether federal trial-court rulings concerning the lawyer-client privilege may be appealed right away. Justice Sotomayor, with methodical reasoning and a formal writing style, said no.

Justice Sotomayor said that result was dictated by sound policy and was consistent with a law governing appeals.

The decision was unanimous, but Justice Clarence Thomas declined to join the part of Justice Sotomayor’s opinion discussing why the cost of allowing immediate appeals outweighs the possibility that candid communications between lawyers and their clients might be chilled.

In a concurrence, Justice Thomas took a swipe at his new colleague, saying she had “with a sweep of the court’s pen” substituted “value judgments” and “what the court thinks is a good idea” for the text of a federal law.

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Her Honor: A Portrait of Justice Soñia Sotomayor

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Justice Sonia SotomayerLatina Magazine/Shani Saxon-Parrish—America has never before met a wise Latina like Soñia Sotomayor. Latina contributor and former Editor-in-Chief Sandra Guzmán offers the first glimpse of the woman behind the robe in this exclusive profile of the newly minted Supreme Court justice.

Here is an excerpt from this fascinating story:

I first met Soñia in 1998, after she had been sworn in as a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. I was the Editor-in-Chief of Latina, and a mutual friend, New York attorney Lee Llambelis, suggested that Sotomayor was someone I should meet since I’d probably want to write an article on her (which appeared in our March 1999 issue). Sotomayor’s life story not only inspired readers, but also captivated me.

Since then, we’ve been to each other’s homes for dinner and shared many sweet, honest and confidential conversations. A doting hostess, she puts together cheese platters, makes tasty salads and hooks up a mean churrasco with a tangy lemon marinade. This past spring, she promised to share some of her culinary secrets, so we set a date to fire up the grill in her small yet superb two-bedroom condo in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Soñia thought things would finally slow down for her by the summer—but that’s when things really started heating up.

During those grueling confirmation hearings in July, Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Jeff Sessions and Jon Kyl dissected her now-famous “wise Latina” phrase, uttered during an inspirational lecture to Latino law students at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 2001.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Soñia Sotomayor in the Justices’ Conference Room on Aug 8, 2009. Mrs. Celina Sotomayor, the mother of the new Associate Justice, holds the family Bible during the ceremony.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Soñia Sotomayor in the Justices’ Conference Room on Aug 8, 2009. Mrs. Celina Sotomayor, the mother of the new Associate Justice, holds the family Bible during the ceremony

The senators aggressively argued that her remarks proved she would bring bias and a liberal agenda to the bench. But Sotomayor repeatedly explained that her comments were part of a regrettable “rhetorical flourish that fell flat.” “I want to state up front, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging,” she said. She added that she was simply trying “to inspire young Hispanics, Latino students and lawyers to believe that their life experiences added value to the process.’’

As the new personification of an intellectual rock star, Sotomayor has been inundated with interview requests—from Vogue to Newsweek, El País to Le Monde. But the new justice has yet to agree to a sit-down, aside from one she granted C-Span for a documentary on the Supreme Court. When I asked about a formal interview for this magazine, she told me, “I am not doing interviews and have said no to everyone. I do not want to be seen as having favorites.”

She did, however, agree to have her portrait taken for the cover and inside pages. And she went as far as granting me her blessing: “You will have to write based on our history together.”

And that’s exactly what I’ve done.

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Celebracion! In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina (Full PBS Video)

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Celebracion! White House Holds In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina

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Comedian George Lopez, actress Eva Longoria Parker and actor Jimmy Smits were last night's hosts

Comedian George Lopez, actress Eva Longoria Parker and actor Jimmy Smits were last night's hosts

Tuesday night the President and First Lady hosted the third installment of the White House Music Series, this one celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Fiesta Latina brought some of the country’s best Latin music performers to the White House, including: Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Pete Escovedo, Thalía, Tito “El Bambino,” Aventura, Los Lobos and Sheila E., with hosts Jimmy Smits, Eva Longoria and George Lopez.

In his remarks at the event, President Barack Obama said of the genre: “In the end, what makes Latin music great is the same thing that’s always made America great — the unique ability to celebrate our differences while creating something new.”

Enjoy some snapshots from “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” and in case you missed the livestream, you can still catch the program on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings).

Videoclip de la Casa Blanca Fiesta Latina

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Justice Sotomayor Asks More Questions In An Hour, Than Thomas Has In Years

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s-SONIA-SOTOMAYOR-largeMcClatchy/Michael Doyle—A recast Supreme Court kicked off its new season Monday, with novice Justice Sonia Sotomayor immediately taking center stage.

In just an hour, the court’s newest justice asked more questions than Justice Clarence Thomas has asked over the course of several years. Sotomayor’s aggressive role in a Fifth Amendment case, in turn, underscored how she could put her own stamp on a court whose 2009-2010 docket is still taking shape.

The Supreme Court is already off to a notable start, and there is so much more to come,” Caroline Fredrickson, the executive director of the American Constitution Society, a liberal lawyers organization, said even before inaugural oral argument Monday.

The 55-plus cases already scheduled for the coming months cover everything from gun rights and patent protection to free speech and the punishment of juveniles. The court is likely to accept another 25 or so cases before the 2009-10 term ends next June.

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Justice Sotomayor Salsa Dances Too!

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I Live Salsa—A couple days ago we got to see Justice Sotomayor have a little impromptu salsa on the dance floor. Led by Actor Esai Morales, the dance took place during an annual gala hosted by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA). The event was titled Noche Musicál and held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Washington Life TV was there to capture the event.

It’s great to watch our politicians (and Supreme Justices) in normal settings. It shows their human side and in this case, gives us a chance to look beyond the brutal confirmation hearings, and see the brilliant Justice Sotomayer relaxed and having fun. She is really good! Not to mention, she is dancing in high-heals on a recently broken ankle. Wow!

But in all honesty, who could turn down a dance with Esai Morales? I mean really… 🙂

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Buchanan: Hitler Didn’t Want War — MSNBC Mum On Employing Hitler Sympathizer

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I guess the most important question to be asked is this. Does MSNBC know that it has a ‘Pat Buchanan problem’? Just like Fox has a ‘Glenn Beck problem’ and CNN has a ‘Lou Dobbs’ problem’. How many times does Buchanan get to go off the deep end of American politics and still keep his job? I know MSNBC thinks that Buchanan is ‘Uncle Pat’, a lovable old curmudgeon who does and says crazy things at every family reunion. Everybody laughs and shakes their heads, and then he goes away with his antics until next years reunion.

This time its being a ‘Hilter Sympathiser’. Last time it was his xenophobic and racist rant on The Rachel Maddow Show talking about Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayer. Before that? Just type his name in Google and you will find an avalanche of his other diatribes. I mean, come on now, this is the same guy who helped Nixon develop the Southern Strategy. So what do you expect?

As posted at TPM:

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Buchanan, a frequent commentator on MSNBC, has written a syndicated column entitled “Did Hitler Want War?”

According to Buchanan, Hitler’s invasion of Poland — which led to Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, and the start of World War II — was motivated merely by Germany’s desire to regain the city of Danzig, which had been given to Poland in the Versailles Treaty. Had Poland simply negotiated with Hitler, war could have been averted. In fact, Hitler wasn’t bent on world, or even European, domination. He would have been happy with just Danzig, Austria, and the Sudetenland, you see. Hitler “wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps.” It was only thanks to the aggression of Britain, Russia, and the U.S. that the conflict was expanded. So, goes the implication, any deaths that occurred after 1940 — including the 6 million that comprised the Holocaust — are on the Allies’ heads.

In fact, the column is just a bite-size version of an argument Buchanan made last year in book form.

An MSNBC spokesman did not respond when asked by TPMmuckraker about the network’s decision to continue to showcase a Hitler apologist.

If past is prologue, MSNBC will keep Buchanan under wraps and off the air, until the outrage dies down in a couple of weeks, and then he will be right back on your TV.

Everyday someone on MSNBC brings up the subject of whether President Obama is losing his progressive base. What MSNBC  really should  concentrate on… is whether they are losing their progressive base by continuing to employ Pat Buchanan…

***UPDATE: You are not going to believe this one. This morning TPM tells us:
But it turns out the network actually has Buchanan’s revisionist column up on its own site, marked “commentary” — as if this were a piece about, say, health-care reform, or Sonia Sotomayor.

That’s right. Supposedly liberal MSNBC now has a column on its site that argues, essentially, that Hitler was a man of peace — a point of view usually relegated to the fringiest of neo-Nazi newsletters.

Hard to know what more to say.

****UPDATE PART II
MSNBC has since taken the piece down, after pressure from the National Jewish Democratic Council. Here’s a statement from David A. Harris, NJDC’s President: “MSNBC took the responsible action and removed Pat Buchanan’s column defending Adolf Hitler from their website, but no worthy news organization should employ and promote a commentator who engages in such vile fiction.”

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