Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle Monday in an airport stumble, then boarded her flight as scheduled and made the roughly hourlong trip to Washington to meet with senators who will vote on her confirmation. The federal judge tripped at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a small fracture to her right ankle, the White House said. She was keeping her six appointments with senators despite the injury. She entered the Capitol for a meeting with Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, on crutches, wearing a white cast covered at the foot with a black bootie. Sotomayor has set a relentless pace since her Capitol Hill debut last week. She has met with one-third of the Senate in just four days of visits. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., signed Sotomayor's cast during their session. The White House is pressing for her quick confirmation, and Sotomayor stopped there before heading to a medical office for an X-ray. The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates treated and released her. Sotomayor drew praise Monday from former first lady Laura Bush, who said she was pleased President Barack Obama nominated a woman. "I think she sounds like a very interesting and good nominee," Bush said on ABC's Good Morning America.
Nagin still under quarantine
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, his wife and a security guard remain in quarantine in Shanghai after another traveler on their flight from New Jersey exhibited suspected swine flu symptoms. Other passengers on the flight, including other members of Nagin's party, were not sitting close enough to the traveler with the symptoms to merit quarantine. Nagin was scheduled to travel to Australia on Wednesday to speak at a conference on climate change and the global recession at the University of Sydney, but the status of those plans are unclear.
Kilpatrick pays a bit forward
A lawyer for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says his client is up to date — and even early — with monthly restitution payments in the criminal case that drove him from office. He said Kilpatrick recently sent a $9,500 check, representing the $3,500 owed from May and $6,000 due June 15.