Today, Sonia Sotomayor made her first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee; President Obama met with a coalition of unions; Al Franken stepped into the limelight; and Lindsey Graham put on a show at Sotomayor's hearing.

We also asked whether the secret CIA program ended by Leon Panetta was, in fact, targeted assassinations; we considered Graham's performance at the hearing; and we credited Karl Rove with the judicial/political trope of "balls and strikes"--one we heard often today.

Tomorrow: Sotomayor's confirmaion hearing--day two; President Obama holds a town hall meeting in Warren, Michigan; he then throws out the first pitch at the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, Missouri.

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