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Sotomayor’s birthday gift

Although she has been attending what must feel like an endless array of meetings on Capitol Hill as Senate lawmakers continue to vet her nomination, Judge Sonia Sotomayor had time to enjoy a little celebration yesterday.

Today Sotomayor turns 55, and yesterday she was feted by members of the White House Counsel’s Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. She even got a gift: a framed picture of the nominee with President Obama and Vice President Biden taken on the day her nomination was announced.

If confirmed, Sotomayor would be one of two justices born under the Cancer zodiac sign. The other – Justice Clarence Thomas – turned 61 this past Tuesday. (Happy belated birthday to the justice.)

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