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Judge Sonia Sotomayor dominated the sounds of Sunday, as you might expect on the weekend after the first African-American president announced his nomination of the first Latina woman for the nation's highest court.

The discussion helped frame the stakes and the issues for the courtesy calls Judge Sotomayor begins with key senators on Capitol Hill this week.

It's a time-honored process where both sides will pay their respects and chat politely. But it's only a warm-up for the pointed questioning that is guaranteed once the public confirmation hearings get under way.

A few noteworthy developments:

• Top Republicans made a decided effort to turn away from the "racist" label used by Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich in the early hours after President Obama announced his choice. Read full article »

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