Sen. Kyl, No. 2 Republican, to oppose Sotomayor

WASHINGTON The Arizonan, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, plans to announce his opposition in a midday speech on the Senate floor. He expressed serious concerns about Sotomayor's writings and rulings during her confirmation hearings last week.

The GOP is deeply divided over Sotomayor, who is expected to win easy confirmation in early August. A handful of Republican moderates have said they'll vote in her favor, and Democrats -- who control 60 votes in the Senate -- back her solidly.

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