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      Over a nearly solid Republican opposition, the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor the first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.
      The Obama administration is pushing for improved relations with China. Hosting a meeting this week between US and Chinese officials in Washington, President Obama says the talks are aimed at fostering cooperation on the economy, energy and national security. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama Administration has managed to build coalitions to help pressure Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear programs. Clinton said she had a message for the Iranian government if it is pursuing nuclear weapons to intimidate neighboring countries and to project power.
      President Obama says small businesses need some help in offering health insurance benefits to employees. He cites a new White House study showing an up to 18% disparity between what small and large businesses have to pay for similar employee plans. NPR’s Scott Horsley has more.
      President Obama expressed regret today for saying the Cambridge police acted stupidly when they arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates last week. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.
      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she still thinks her chamber can pass health care legislation before leaving for the August recess at the end of next week. David Welna, NPR News, the Capitol.
      President Obama remains on the offensive today in terms of defending his health care overhaul plan, saying that critics of the package are working what he called "a familiar Washington Script" that favors politics over policy.
      President Obama again called for action on his proposed health care overhaul plan, saying the government can revamp the current health care system in a way that does not add to the deficit over the next ten years.
      White House budget director Peter Orszag is defending President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's healthcare system and Mr. Obama's August target for passage of legislation by Congress. Some lawmakers from both parties are saying the bills are complex and should not be rushed. NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports.
      President Obama is trying to build public support for his plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system to help counter the concerns being expressed by some lawmakers including a number of Democrats about how to pay for the proposal.
      President Obama speaking at the White House today said healthcare legislation will clear Congress this year and the President said in light of new concerns about the cost of a healthcare overhaul, some decisions about cost cutting should be turned over to an independent panel of experts. NPR's Julie Rovner has more.
      Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor has completed her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now legal experts, civil rights advocates and complainers from one of her former cases are before the panel. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.
      Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor held her ground through another day of intense questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
      In her first day of questioning, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor explained controversial statement she has made about the role of race and ethnicity playing in judging.
      Today Judge Sonia Sotomayor described her judicial philosophy as fidelity to the law. Her opening statement capped the first day of her confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.
      Committee Chairman in both the Senate and House say they will begin investigations into a secret CIA counterterrorism program that the Bush administration did not disclose to Congress for nearly eight years. Former Vice President Dick Cheney allegedly ordered the program to be kept from lawmakers. NPR's Peter Overby reports.
      President Obama has wrapped his visit to Ghana where he told lawmakers they are approving the democracy can work in Africa. He also said Africa's future is up to Africans. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.
      President Obama has arrived in Ghana on his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa since taking office. Obama, whose father was Kenyan, is expected to receive a warm welcome as he visits Africa on the heels of his recent attendance at the G8 Summit in Italy and an earlier visit to Russia.
      Lawmakers are expressing outrage over a security exercise that showed investigators had no troubles smuggling bomb-making materials past guards at a number of federal buildings. Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman called it the broadest indictment of a federal agency he's ever seen.
      Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says that Costa Rica's President will try to mediate an end to a political crisis in Honduras. NPR's Michele Keleman reports.
      President Obama says a preliminary agreement reached today with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is an important step toward increasing nuclear security.
      A plane carrying the ousted president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya is reportedly being denied permission to land in that country. Honduras's civil aviation director says the plane has been diverted to El Salvador. The BBC's Stephen Gibbs has more.
      Former national football league quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death in an apartment complex in Nashville today. McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL. Blake Farmer of member station WPLN has more.
      Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will resign on July 26th and will not seek re-election next year. As last year's Republican vice-Presidential candidate, Palin's move is seen as a potential first step toward a bid for the White House in 2012. NPR's Ken Rudin reports.