President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick - the first by a Democratic president in 15 years - is likely to face a smooth path to confirmation, although it also gives liberals and conservatives alike a fresh reason to mobilize.
The NAACP has fought for a century to bring equal and civil rights to blacks, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes the organization's current battle is to help the troubled U.S. economy and struggling domestic auto industry.
Justice David Souter, a New Hampshire Republican who became a key liberal vote on the Supreme Court, plans to retire this summer, according to media reports late Thursday. The retirement will clear the way for President Barack Obama to make his first nominee to the high court.