Crazy 8: Our Year in Review

Bench Pressure After the Bush administration appointed not one, but two, ultra-conservatives for the Supreme Court, the Obama Administration will finally make its own lasting mark on the court. When Justice David Souter retired last June after a 19-year stretch, Obama replaced him with the nation’s first Hispanic and third female Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. In April, liberal Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement. Obama responded by selecting Manhattan native Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General, as the potential fourth female Justice—and the fourth New Yorker on the bench. Confirmation hearings begin later this year.
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