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First lady joins push for Sotomayor

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Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:02 pm | Updated: 12:56 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

WASHINGTON -- The White House dispatched first lady Michelle Obama to defend Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, part of a broad offensive to humanize the judge that came as former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed off his harsh criticism of her as a racist.

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