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9:20 PM ET, May 28, 2009

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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. urged to address ‘racist’ charge  —  Some Democrats and political analysts are urging the White House to shift course and concede that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made an error when she suggested in 2001 that Hispanic women would make better judges than white men.
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New York Times:
Sotomayor's Sharp Tongue Raises Issue of Temperament  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, has a blunt and even testy side, and it was on display in December at an argument before the full federal appeals court in New York.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Positive Initial Reaction to Sotomayor Nomination  —  Americans believe intellect, experience most important in Obama's choice  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' first reactions to the news of President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court are decidedly …
Rasmussen Reports:
87% Expect Sotomayor Will Be Confirmed, 45% Say She Should Be  —  Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters nationwide believe Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.  That figure includes 59% who believe her confirmation is Very Likely.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Only Republicans Can Drive Latinos to the Democrats  —  The Democratic Strategist notes Bill Pascoe's CQ Politics article “Did Obama Just Use the Sotomayor Nomination To Lock in Florida?”  The piece notes that not only is Florida's Hispanic population large and growing …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:   Barnes: Sotomayor ‘benefited’ from affirmative action ‘tremendously.’
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Associated Press:   Obama says health care this year — or never
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Tries to Rally Grassroots for Health Care Fight
Discussion: The Swamp
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE IS NO CAR-DEALER CONSPIRACY.... A whole lot of right-wing blogs are worked up today over a report about the political affiliations of Chrysler dealers who've been shut down. … Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), who has a dealership that will close, called this “an outrage.”
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Fox News Embraces Right-Wing Theory That Obama Is Forcing GOP-Owned Car Dealerships To Close  —  Citing a handful of right-wing bloggers yesterday afternoon, the Washington Examiner reported ominously, “Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted Chrysler dealers …
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Furor grows over partisan car dealer closings
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sestak: Not Even Obama Can Talk Me Out Of Challenging Specter  —  In another sign of his determination to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary, Joe Sestak just told me in an interview that not even a personal plea from President Obama himself could dissuade him from making the race.
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Peter Principle  —  We hang together or hang separately. … All of us, every single person regardless of political persuasion who reads this, have a tendency to deny our friends and fellow travelers at times.  All of us.  —  Peter, under pressure and fear, denied Christ not just once, but three times.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Peter, Jesus, Rush
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Reuters:
Pentagon denies report Iraq prison photos show rape  —  The Pentagon on Thursday denied a British newspaper report that photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse, whose release U.S. President Barack Obama wants to block, include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse.
Discussion: Raw Story, At-Largely and Truthdig
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Telegraph:
Abu Ghraib abuse photos ‘show rape’
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Margery A. Gibbs / Associated Press:
Senator Nelson becomes target of ad campaign
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Firedoglake
The New Majority:
OBAMA: BUYER'S REMORSE  —  Admittedly, I was one of the moderate conservatives who was wooed by Obama during his PR campaign to become the country's next president.  Sadly, even though I was still unsure of my vote until the week before the election, I know better now.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Costs of dismissed Palin ethics complaints pile up  —  Personnel board member says tab is “close to about a third of a million dollars.”  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  The Alaska Personnel Board, clearly frustrated with the pile of ethics complaints filed against Gov. Sarah Palin, wants to publicize the cost of dealing with them.
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Eye on 2010:   This Democrat Is Itching To Run Against Sarah Palin for Governor
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics:
Nader Accuses McAuliffe of Suppressing Votes  —  Consumer activist Ralph Nader accused Terry McAuliffe Thursday of orchestrating an effort to remove him from the presidential ballot in 2004 when McAuliffe was chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  —  Nader said that McAuliffe offered …
Discussion: The Nation, Salon and Raw Story
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
Gov. Crist signs $66.5 billion budget, breaks tax pledge  —  TALLAHASSEE — Breaking a pledge against raising taxes, Gov. Charlie Crist signed Florida's $66.5 billion budget into law Wednesday and barely used his veto pen.  —  Crist vetoed only two items: a small pay cut for some state workers …
New York Times:
New G.M. Plan Gets Support From Key Bondholders  —  As General Motors moved closer to a bankruptcy filing, possibly early next week, attention on Thursday turned again to the bondholders, the most important group that the company has yet to win over for its efforts to start fresh.
Carlos Watson / The Stimulist:
The 10 Most Powerful Political Daughters  —  For more from Carlos, check out “How the Prop 8 Ruling Will Help Gay Marriage” and “Torture Won't Be Solved on Cable News.”  —  Father's Day  —  is still a few weeks off, but in the loving world of politics—some daughters have already given generous gifts to Dad.
Discussion: MSNBC
Matthew Parris / Times of London:
Please uncover your face.  It's our custom  —  Why are women's faces concealed in East London but not in Damascus?  —  Funny to return from Lebanon, Syria and Turkey - where women go unveiled - and return to Britain, the land of the full hijab.  I see more women with their faces covered in Tower Hamlets than I did in Damascus.
Discussion: normblog and Fausta's Blog
 
 
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TFN / Texas Freedom Network:
Senate Takes Up McLeroy Nomination!
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially The Blacks And The Latinos
Sara Olkon / Chicago Tribune:
‘Power’ move by male students ruffles U. of C.
Discussion: Feministing and Pat Dollard
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush still pre-screening questions at speaking events.
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
A Conversation With Lawrence O'Donnell
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