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Why JCPenney Shopper Has Been Banned for Life From Mall

2 Hispanic women in Kentucky were objects of her rant

(Newser) - Last-minute holiday shopping is usually stressful, but for two Hispanic women in Kentucky, a trip to the local mall proved even more so—and now everyone's watching the video of what happened. Per NBC News , a shopper at JCPenney in Louisville's Jefferson Mall laid into the women Tuesday... More »

4 Wins for Diversity on Election Night

US has its first Latina senator

(Newser) - Though Hillary Clinton failed to become the first female US president, diversity prevailed on Election Night in other ways. The history-making results in four states:
  • Nevada: Former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, 52, won a competitive race to take retiring Sen. Harry Reid's seat, becoming the first Latina
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Meet Disney's First 'Latina' Princess

Although plenty of critics don't think Sofia looks very Latina

(Newser) - Disney has released a trailer featuring a new character by the name of Princess Sofia, notable because the company considers her its first Latina princess. The thing is you probably wouldn't guess it from looking at her, notes Mashable . It rounds up tweets on the subject that fall into... More »

J.Lo Cooks Up Dinner Party for Sotomayor

Lopez, Marc Anthony host new Supreme Court Justice at their LI home

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony honored Sonia Sotomayor’s achievement as the first Latina Supreme Court Justice with a dinner party last night, Gossip Cop reports. The couple had Sotomayor and about a dozen guests—“mostly political types,” the site says—over for cocktails and dinner at their... More »

Sotomayor Sworn In

(Newser) - It's Justice Sotomayor now. Sonia Sotomayor has been sworn in as the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice. She's only the third female justice in the court's 220-year history. Sotomayor took the second of two oaths of office from Chief Justice John Roberts in an ornate conference room at the high... More »

Sotomayor Differs With Obama: Heart's Not That Vital

(Newser) - Day 2 of Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings have wrapped up, with the all-but-certain nominee disagreeing at one point with President Obama's assertion in 2007 that a judge's "heart" is important in rulings, reports Politico. “I wouldn’t approach the issue of judging in the way the president... More »

Hey GOP: 'White Male' Is an Identity, Too

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation is in the bag, but this week's hearings have a real value, writes Eugene Robinson: They are exposing the Republican Party's "refusal to accept the basic principle of diversity." For the Washington Post columnist, the anger surrounding the judge's "wise Latina" remark rests... More »

Sotomayor Also Made 'Wise Woman' Comment in '94

(Newser) - A new wrinkle in the flap over Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” comment: The Supreme Court nominee said almost exactly the same thing in 1994, reports Greg Sargent on Plum Line. Senators had a copy of the speech but made no mention of it when they confirmed her in... More »

Newt Backs Off 'Racist' Comment

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich today backed off his remark that Sonia Sotomayor is a “Latina woman racist,” the Boston Globe reports. When he heard the Supreme Court nominee’s now-infamous “wise Latina” soundbite, “my initial reaction was strong and direct,” he wrote in his blog today on... More »

Sotomayor's 'Word Choice Was Poor': Gibbs

(Newser) - Robert Gibbs said today Sonia Sotomayor regrets the way she phrased 2001 comments that have some Republicans calling the Supreme Court nominee a racist, the Hill reports. “I think she'd say that her word choice was poor,” the White House press secretary said. He suggested that Sotomayor was... More »

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