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Judge Sonia Sotomayor is likely to be the next member of the US Supreme Court.  But Senators of both parties are using her confirmation hearings as a political platform. We hear about the first day of what could be a week of setting agendas. Also, Goldman Sachs' big profits, and more controversy about the CIA, the Bush Administration and Democrats in the Congress.


Banner image: Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor (2nd L) greets Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (R), committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (L) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as she arrives for her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Making News Goldman Sachs' Big Profits 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Goldman Sachs made more than $2 billion between March and June, just months after a multi-billion dollar federal bailout. Taxpayers, Congress and the rest of Wall Street may be wondering how it happened. David Henry is a senior writer on finance for BusinessWeek.

Guests:
David Henry, Senior Writer, BusinessWeek

Reporter's Notebook The Secret Program the CIA Wouldn't Tell Congress 7 MIN, 11 SEC

Recently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a political firestorm by accusing the Bush-era CIA of lying to Congress about waterboarding and other activities. Then, CIA Director Leon Panetta reportedly briefed the House Intelligence Committee about a secret program he was told about after months on the job. Seven Democratic committee members then released a letter saying Panetta acknowledged that the matter had never been vetted with Congress. In today's Wall Street Journal, Siobhan Gorman reports that the initiative Panetta terminated was an effort to carry out an order from President Bush in the aftermath of September 11.

Guests:
Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal (@Gorman_Siobhan)

Main Topic The US Supreme Court and Partisan Politics 36 MIN

The first morning of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the US Supreme Court began and ended without her uttering a single word.  Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee held forth at length, in a debate they conceded was more about politics than the law. Democrats called her a "moderate" with a classic American story. Republicans said her "empathy" for one side means prejudice against the other. They raised hot-button issues including women's rights, the death penalty and affirmative action. We hear about the first day of hearings on a nominee who's widely expected to be confirmed.  Are both parties in the business of setting agendas?

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com (@DahliaLithwick)
Philip Howard, Attorney, Covington and Burling
Manuel Miranda, Chairman, Third Branch Conference
Daphne Evitar, Legal Reporter, The Washington Independent

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