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President Barack Obama announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, right, as his nominee for the Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington. (AP)
President Barack Obama announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, right, as his nominee for the Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington. (AP)

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The headline of this morning: President Obama to name U.S. Court of Appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.

Justice David Souter, headed out to retirement. Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee headed before the Senate for confirmation hearings.

Sotomayor is 54. She famously grew up in a Bronx housing project, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. She would be the court’s first Hispanic justice. The third female justice in the high court’s history.

This hour, On Point: We’ll hear the president’s announcement and look at Sonia Sotomayor.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Joining us from Washington is David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Read his coverage here.

From South Bend, Ind., we're joined by Richard Garnett, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.

Dahlia Lithwick, legal affairs analyst and senior editor at Slate. Her latest piece is "The Bold Standard."

This program aired on May 26, 2009.

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