President Barack Obama will announce his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter at 10:15 a.m. ET. NPR's Nina Totenberg and reporters from some other news media have learned the nominee will be federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor.
We first posted on this developing story at 8:09 a.m. ET. Be sure to hit your "refresh" button to see our latest updates, which are rolling in right here at the top.
Update at 1 p.m. ET: As you'll see if you click on the video we posted here at 9:15 a.m. ET, it no longer plays. It appears to have been replaced by another critical clip, also produced by the conservative Judical Confirmation Network. Here's the new one, which the critics are highlighting because Sotomayor says "court of appeals is where policy is made." They argue that courts should not make policy:
Update at 10:05 a.m. ET: We'll be live-blogging the president's announcement. Click here for that.
Update at 9:15 a.m. ET: Opponents of the president -- and of a Sotomayor nomination -- already have their attacks prepared. The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network posted this Web video earlier this month:
The independent Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSBlog says he doubts such arguments will keep Sotomayor from being confirmed.
Update at 8:50 a.m. ET. More about Sotomayor, the president's choice:
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A graduate of Yale Law School, Sotomayor was nominated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by President Clinton. She previously served as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and in private practice in New York, specializing in intellectual property law, international litigation and commodities export trading.
Sotomayor's father, a tool-and-die worker, died when she was 9. Raised by her mother, a nurse, Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, then went to Yale Law School, where she served on the law journal.
Update at 8:45 a.m. ET: SCOTUSBlog's Tom Goldstein, a well-respected observer of all things related to the Supreme Court, this morning outlined the likely "lines of attack" that critics will aim at Sotomayor (who NPR is reporting is the president's choice). He believes:
The most likely dynamic by far is the one that played out for Democrats with respect to Chief Justice Roberts. Democratic senators, recognizing the inevitable confirmation of a qualified and popular nominee, decided to hold their fire and instead direct their attacks to President Bush's second nominee. Justice Alito was the collateral damage to that strategy.
Here, with Justice Stevens's retirement inevitable in the next few years, Republican senators are very likely to hold off conservative interest groups with promises to sharply examine President Obama's second (potentially white male) nominee.
Update at 8:40 a.m. ET: USA TODAY's The Oval blog notes that Sotomayor would be the court's first Hispanic justice and its third woman.
Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: A quick bio box, from the Associated Press, on Sotomayor (who NPR is reporting the president has chosen for the upcoming court vacancy):
Age-Birthdate-Location: 54; June 25, 1954; New York, N.Y.
Experience: Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1998-present; judge, U. S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992-1998; private practice, New York City, 1984-1992; assistant district attorney, New York County, 1979-1984.
Education: B.A., Princeton University, 1976; J.D., Yale Law School, 1979.
Quote: "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it." (During a 1997 nomination hearing.)
Sotomayor's parents came to New York from Puerto Rico.
Update at 8:31 a.m. ET: NPR has now confirmed from two sources with knowledge of the decision that the president has Sotomayor.
Update at 8:29 a.m. ET: The Associated Press now writes it's been told by "officials" that the president's choice is 54-year-old Sotomayor.
Update at 8:26 a.m. ET: The Associated Press says it's been told by a source that the nominee is appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Update at 8:23 a.m. ET: Earlier today, The New York Times' headline was that "favorites of left don't make Obama's court list." And on Morning Edition yesterday, Nina reported about the upcoming battle over the nomination.
Update at 8:20 a.m. ET: The Associated Press joins the parade, saying it has been told by "several officials" that the president plans a mid-morning announcement. Reuters says it has gotten the news from a single "White House official."
Update at 8:15 a.m. ET: NPR News will be on the air with the announcement and analysis from 10 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET. Click here to find a station near you.