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Raising the SCOTUS confirmation stakes

From NBC's Pete Williams

While the Supreme Court did reverse the ruling that Sonia Sotomayor joined in the New Haven case, it also raised the stakes for getting her confirmed early.

The court today took the unusual step of holding one case back and asking for additional argument from the lawyers, which the court will hear on Sept. 9. Justice David Souter, as of today, is gone from the court. So the justices will hope Sotomayor gets confirmed before Sept 9, to avoid the possibility of a 4-4 tie.

The case held back is a challenge to a part of the campaign finance law restricting broadcast ads in the periods before primary and general elections.