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Sotomayor: You're all clear, kid

The Washington Post: "The Supreme Court's rejection of a decision against white firefighters endorsed by Judge Sonia Sotomayor gives Republicans a renewed chance to attack her speeches and writings but is not expected to imperil her confirmation to the high court, political and legal sources said yesterday."

The AP adds, "The 5-4 ruling Monday … is unlikely to derail Sotomayor's nomination -- and it may not even sway a vote. Reaction to the decision fell almost purely along partisan lines, with Republicans cheering the decision and saying it raises serious concerns about the judge, and Democrats condemning the opinion and arguing that Sotomayor had acted appropriately."

Video: The Supreme Court rules that white firefighters in Connecticut were unfairly denied promotions. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

Roll Call: "In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — a member of the Judiciary Committee — argued the Supreme Court's ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano should not be seen as a rebuke of Sotomayor's judicial temperament, but rather an indication that she is a moderate jurist who was simply following precedent."

Indeed, "White House press secretary Robert Gibbs all but accused the current court of 'judicial activism,' a buzz term used by conservatives in recent years, in overturning what the White House saw as Sotomayor's upholding of precedent," The Hill says.