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7:30 AM ET, May 1, 2009

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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice Souter To Retire  —  · NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the court's current term.  —  The court has completed hearing oral arguments for the year and will be issuing rulings and opinions until the end of June.
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MSNBC:
NBC: Souter to retire from Supreme Court  —  Summer departure would give Obama his first chance to nominate a justice  —  WASHINGTON - Justice David Souter is planning to retire after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court, NBC News reported Thursday night.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Specter Defection Will Haunt Dems On Souter Replacement  —  News is breaking that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is retiring.  There will be a fight over his replacement, for sure.  And Arlen Specter switching may have given Republicans a trump card to block an unacceptable replacement.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Does Souter's silence on hiring mean he's leaving?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of the missing law clerks is this spring's most-watched mystery at the Supreme Court.  —  It could be, to borrow a page from Sherlock Holmes, the court's dog that didn't bark, offering a clue as to the retirement plans of Justice David Souter.
Discussion: MyDD
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Souter Reportedly Planning to Retire From High Court  —  Justice Might Stay Until Nominee Confirmed  —  Justice David H. Souter, the Republican-appointed New England jurist who has become a reliable member of the liberal bloc on the Supreme Court, has told friends that he plans to retire, according to a government official.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few More Thoughts  —  Some stories, like the Souter retirement, mainly speak for themselves.  Almost to a certainty we knew President Obama would get one or more nominations to the Court.  With Souter being the first, it seems likely he'll get one or two more in his first term.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   SOUTER TO RETIRE? MAYBE, MAYBE NOT
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Souter retiring
Discussion: The BLT and ONTD: Politics
CBS News:   Supreme Court Justice Souter To Retire
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
ABC's Shame  —  ABC runs a report showing the names and faces of two CIA contractors who may have had a role in the waterboarding of KSM and Abu Zubaydah.  The network apparently outsourced this report to a freelancer named Matthew Cole, whose record in Nexis includes just three bylines …
Discussion: Hot Air and JustOneMinute
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Matt Pressman / Vanity Fair:
Ari Fleischer: Subpoena Me on Torture  —  Panelists Josh Rushing, Ari Fleischer, and Tina Brown, with moderator Gideon Yago.  Photo by Diane Bondareff/IFC.  —  What's the easiest way to get a roomful of media people together?  Offer them free lunch and a panel discussion on their favorite topic: themselves!
Discussion: Raw Story
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The Politico:
New GOP ad: Do you feel safer?  —  House Republicans are using images of the Pentagon burning on 9/11 and President Obama's “bow” to the Saudi leader in a video that accuses the president of making America less safe in his first 100 days.  —  But the new video has already created blowback …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Affordable Salvation  —  The 2008 election ended the reign of junk science in our nation's capital, and the chances of meaningful action on climate change, probably through a cap-and-trade system on emissions, have risen sharply.  —  But the opponents of action claim that limiting emissions …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Conservatives On Twitter FAIL  —  Ok, quick twitter post and then back to...serious...business.  Several weeks ago, those of us who (for reasons unclear) communicate with friends, colleagues, and complete strangers on Twitter, began scratching our heads when we noticed various conservatives …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Teablogging
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Urbzen / Teablogging:
TCOT (Teabagger Catfight On Twitter)
Discussion: TBogg
Huma Khan / The Note:
Senate Rejects Bankruptcy Bailout for Troubled Homeowners  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: On the same day that the White House announced that overextended Chrysler would go into a “quick” bankruptcy — its loans rewritten by a judge to emerge for life another day …
Discussion: The Politico
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CNN:
Churchgoers more likely to back torture, survey finds  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.  —  More than half of people who attend services at least once a week …
Discussion: Pharyngula
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Pew: Church-Goers Like Torture More
Washington Post:
Poll: Rising U.S. Support for Social Issues, Such as Gay Marriage  —  Republicans may not be able to rely on social issues as they try to rebound against a popular president and increasingly dominant Democratic Party, as a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows rising support for same-sex marriage …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Tipping Point?  —  I think most of us can see that despite some painful setbacks, and likely more to come, time is definitely on the side of marriage equality in the United States.  But are we hitting some sort of tipping point under a new administration and with a rush of recent successes in several states around the country?
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Senate Refuses to Let Judges Fix Mortgages in Bankruptcy  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate handed a victory to the banking industry on Thursday, defeating a Democratic proposal that would have given homeowners in financial trouble greater flexibility to renegotiate the terms of their mortgages.
Consortiumnews.com:
Memo to President Obama on Torture  —  This memorandum is VIPS' first attempt to inform you on a major intelligence issue, as we did your predecessor; thus, some background might be helpful.  —  Five former CIA officers established Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) …
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
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