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Jane, Others Discuss Historic Sotomayor Pick and Fed Transparency

Barack Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter as Supreme Court justice has already set off a fierce response from conservatives and the Republican Party. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. The Republicans are sure to attack Sotomayor for various reasons even though she was first appointed to the bench by George H.W. Bush and confirmed by some of the more rabidly conservative Senators, including Jesse Helms and Rick Santorum. Glenn Greenwald lays out some of the likely attacks here. But what is the significance of Obama’s decision?

Jane Hamsher founder of Firedoglake, Lynn Paltrow Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Jose Perez an attorney with Latino Justice discuss the Sotomayor selection.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.