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June 1st, 2009
10:08 AM ET

Empathy or Racism? Judging Sotomayor's Record

Republicans are somewhat divided on how best to deal with Judge Sotomayor's nomination.

Some conservatives are calling her an activist judge, who will bring a leftist agenda to the high court.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have called Sotomayor a "racist," because of comments she made in 2001.

She once said her experience as a Latina woman might make her judgments more sound than those of a white man. Still, other opponents of her nomination recognize the political risk of attacking the first Hispanic to be nominated to the supreme court.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield discusses Sotomayor's record.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
June 1st, 2009
09:26 AM ET

The Price of Presidential Date Night

The first couple, known for having weekend date nights, had an extravagant one on Saturday night in New York City.

According to a White House spokesman, Obama said he was taking his wife to the Big Apple "because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished."

Instead of taking the larger Air Force One plane for their trip north, the Obamas took a smaller plane, a G-3, which became Air Force One once he boarded.  The press traveled in a separate aircraft, a G-5, and a G-3 carried White House support staff, according to the pool report.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho, blasted the couple's visit. "As President Obama prepares to wing into Manhattan’s theater district on Air Force One to take in a Broadway show, GM is preparing to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills," she said. "Have a great Saturday evening – even if you’re not jetting off somewhere at taxpayer expense."

Broadway tickets- $96.50 apiece

Three planes- $24,000 each

Presidential Date Night- priceless

source: NY Post

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
June 1st, 2009
08:28 AM ET

GM Files for Bankruptcy

As business reporter Stephanie Elam said on our air, it's the biggest breaking news we've known about for months. But still, today is a milestone in the rise and fall of the American car industry. What do you think? Can GM be saved? Should GM be saved? Do you think 60 to 90 days of bankruptcy will be enough to transform GM into a healthy, competitive car company?
Post your comments below.

Filed under: Heidi Collins