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11:35 AM ET, May 29, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Republicans, Let's Play Grown-Up  —  Sotomayor's hearings are an opportunity for serious debate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “Let's play grown-up.”  When I was a child, that's what we said when we ran out of things to do like playing potsie or throwing rocks in the vacant lot.
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Republican Response to Sonia Sotomayor: Criticize, Then Confirm  —  Sonia Sotomayor has a classic American story.  So does Frank Ricci.  —  Ricci is a New Haven firefighter stationed seven blocks from where Sotomayor went to law school (Yale).  Raised in blue-collar Wallingford, Conn. …
NPR:
Senators Offer Competing Views Of Sotomayor  —  · Judge Sonia Sotomayor is expected to begin making courtesy visits next week to Senate leaders and members of the Judiciary Committee who will conduct hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court.  —  NPR talked with two committee members …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Barnes: Sotomayor ‘benefited’ from affirmative action ‘tremendously.’  —  On MSNBC yesterday, Pat Buchanan repeatedly attacked Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an “affirmative action candidate,” echoing right-wing claims that she has “been the recipient of preferential treatment for most of her life.”
National Journal Online:
Political Insiders Poll  —  Q: Would it be politically smart for Republicans to try to block the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor?  —  Democrats (92 votes)  —  Yes 8% No 89% Depends 3%  —  Yes  —  “It's their only way to appear relevant.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Empathy Issue  —  The American legal system is based on a useful falsehood.  It's based on the falsehood that this is a nation of laws, not men; that in rendering decisions, disembodied, objective judges are able to put aside emotion and unruly passion and issue opinions on the basis of pure reason.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Balloon Juice
NBC Connecticut:
Sotomayor Ruled in “D-Bag Case”
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:   Sotomayor finds favor in coverage
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor Is A Member Of The ‘Latino KKK Without The Hoods Or The Nooses’
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bush: ‘The information we got saved lives’  —  BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney's assertion that their enhanced interrogation program was legal and garnered valuable information that prevented future terrorist attacks.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bush defends policies, stays out of argument  —  BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (CNN) — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney's assertion that the administration's enhanced interrogation program, which included controversial techniques such as waterboarding …
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
In Michigan, Bush talks of war, economy
Discussion: MLive.com, The Swamp and On Deadline
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Netanyahu: “What the hell do they want from me?”  —  Last night, shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told journalists that the Obama administration “wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a confidante.
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:   Misery Hangs Over Gaza Despite Pledges of Help
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama Continues to Press Israel to Freeze Settlement Activity
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Balloon Juice
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama chides Israel on settlements in Abbas meeting
Discussion: The Politico
Christina Hoag / NBC Los Angeles:
Kicking & Screaming: Journo Dragged From Near AF1  —  A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday.
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The Huffington Post:
Brenda Lee, Reporter, Dragged Kicking And Screaming From Near Air Force One
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama says health care changes must come this year
Discussion: The Politico and MSNBC
Jules Crittenden:
HOT  —  Lady Gaga and Small Wars Journal.  Both hot.  But don't take my word for it.  Rolling Stone: … Yeah, well, anyone with a Y chromosome can see the chick with the Phyllis Diller fright wig and the bubble bikini is hot.  * Glad to see RS is getting hip to how hot Small Wars can be.
Discussion: American Power and ATTACKERMAN
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Rolling Stone:
The Rolling Stone 2009 Hot List
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Mudville Gazette
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Inflation Scare  —  Suddenly it seems as if everyone is talking about inflation.  Stern opinion pieces warn that hyperinflation is just around the corner.  And markets may be heeding these warnings: Interest rates on long-term government bonds are up, with fear of future inflation …
Times of London:
Slaughter in Sri Lanka  —  Evidence gathered by The Times has revealed that at least 20,000 Tamils were killed on the beach by shelling as the army closed in on the Tigers  —  “Deeply disappointing” was how a human rights group yesterday described the vote in the United Nations Human Rights Council hailing …
Discussion: normblog and The Moderate Voice
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Give Montana Girls a Chance  —  A reader vents: Derb — I've been hoping that someone might be bold enough to rain on the Sotomayor “compelling life story” parade.  The woman grew up in the capital of the world, went to two Ivy League schools, and was blessed by Providence …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Reilly apologizes to Hot Air, sort of  —  Yes, he concedes, the quote last night should have been specifically attributed to a commenter, not to the site itself — but that's what we get for letting stuff like that be posted, now isn't it?  Do a better job of moderating comments and we won't have this problem.
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Little Green Footballs:   Fox Nation Goes Nirther
Washington Post:
Nader: McAuliffe Offered Money To Avoid Key States in '04 Race  —  Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader went public Thursday with an allegation that Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe offered his campaign money to stay off the ballot in key states during the 2004 elections …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Compares Favorably to Prior Presidents  —  Only three presidents since Eisenhower have had higher May ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — So far in May, Barack Obama has averaged 65% job approval.  Since World War II, only three of the previous eight presidents elected to their first terms …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Groups urge NBC to pull health care ad  —  Progressive health care reform groups demanded on Thursday that Washington's NBC television affiliate refuse to air a 30-minute infomercial funded by a conservative group opposed to creating a public insurance plan.
Discussion: The Seminal
 
 
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