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Dueling arguments over Sotomayor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican said Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor fails the test of impartiality despite her impressive background while the leading Democrat defended her as a mainstream moderate Tuesday.

Those comments came as the Senate prepared to debate the judge expected to be confirmed as the first Hispanic and third female justice.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada previewed their parties' dueling arguments Tuesday over President Barack Obama's history-making nominee, who is expected to sail through the Senate this week with bipartisan support.