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Before leaving on their August recess tomorrow, the Senate is scheduled to vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.  The vote will take place about 3 p.m. Eastern Time or about noon for us on the West Coast.

Sotomayor’s confirmation is expected because many Republicans are breaking with their party to vote for her, probably a smart move in this politically hot climate, to look more moderate to their voters.

Sotomayor, if confirmed, will replace liberal Justice David Souter and, politically will be a parallel replacement, not bringing much idealogical change in that respect.  Sotomayor, however, will make history with her expected confirmation because she will become the first Latina on the high court.

Senate vote on Sotomayor scheduled for this afternoon – Los Angeles Times.