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Sonia Sotomayor, Context Provided

Since President Obama’s announcement that he would nominate federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, much attention has been given to her 2005 remark that the "court of appeals is where policy is made." The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network  and others on the right are spotlighting the clip of Sotomayor speaking at Duke Law School.
But what is Sotomayor really saying? It’s true that she immediately interrupted herself, saying jokingly to the panelist next to her,

Effect of Overturning Roe v. Wade

Q: What would happen if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade?

A: Some states would outlaw abortion but others would not.

Anti-Alito Ad Uses Selective Quotes

It cites a study saying Alito ruled to narrow privacy rights. It didn’t quote the part saying he’s seen as restrained and nonpartisan.

Does Alito Pretend To Be A Moderate?

We examine a MoveOn.org ad saying he “plays one on TV,” and implying he gives misleading answers to “problem” questions.

Dueling Alito Ads

A liberal ad suggests Alito can’t be trusted. A conservative ad says he’s admired. We supply context.

Liberal Ad Against Alito: True As Far As It Goes

A mostly liberal group’s ad says Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito made a ruling “to make it easier for corporations to discriminate” and also “voted to approve the strip search of a 10-year-old girl.” As is often the case with 30-second ads, there’s more to it than that.

RNC’s False E-mail

Mehlman claims,”Before Ms. Miers was even announced many Democrat groups said they would oppose her.” Actually, none did.

NARAL Round 2: No Distortion Here

The abortion-rights group’s latest ad takes issue with Judge Roberts on whether the Constitution contains a right to privacy.