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2:25 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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Associated Press:
NBC: Souter to retire from Supreme Court  —  His retirement would give Obama his first chance to nominate a justice  —  WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire, after more than 19 years on the court, once the current term ends in late June, NBC News reported Thursday night.
New York Times:
Souter Said to Be Leaving Court in June  —  WASHINGTON — Justice David H. Souter plans to retire at the end of the term in June, giving President Obama his first appointment to the Supreme Court, four people informed about the decision said Thursday night.  —  Justice Souter …
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.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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
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
ABCNEWS:
The CIA's $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations  —  The New Focus on Two Retired Military Psychologists Called the ‘Architects’ of the CIA's Techniques  —  As the secrets about the CIA's interrogation techniques continue to come out, there's new information about the frequency …
Discussion: Fox News, Gateway Pundit and GayPatriot
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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: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
The Politico:
Bunning poised to retire  —  Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, the most endangered Republican up for reelection in 2010, appears headed for retirement after giving his leading GOP rival the blessing to prepare to run for his seat next year.  —  Bunning's retirement would be a huge victory …
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?
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Changing Views on Gay Marriage, Gun Control, Immigration and Legalizing Marijuana  —  ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 49 Percent Support Gay Marriage, New High  —  Support for gay marriage, legalizing illegal immigrants and decriminalizing marijuana all are at new highs.
Washington Post:
Poll: Rising U.S. Support for Social Issues, Such as Gay Marriage
Sen. Robert Byrd / The Huffington Post:
Our Obligation to Investigate  —  In President Obama's inaugural address, he declared that “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.  Our founding fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man …
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Matt Pressman / Vanity Fair:
Ari Fleischer: Subpoena Me on Torture
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   Fleischer: 'I'll be proud to testify if I get a subpoena.'
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
NRSC abandoning Toomey?  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee is recruiting Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) to run for the Senate because it views Pat Toomey as unelectable against Sen. Arlen Specter, according to Gerlach's lead consultant.  —  According to Gerlach consultant Mark Campbell …
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Donors demand refund from Specter
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   The GOP: Not A National Party?
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
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Urbzen / Teablogging:   TCOT (Teabagger Catfight On Twitter)
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Tapper to Gibbs: Can you clarify Biden's moronic comment about subways?  —  Funny but mean in that it's a question designed simply to make Gibbs squirm.  No one can “clarify” what Greasy Joe said because what he said was perfectly clear: He's freaked out about swine flu — needlessly …
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) …
Nielsen Wire:
Obama's 100 Days Press Conference Draws 28.8M Viewers  —  Last night's primetime press conference to mark Barack Obama's 100th day in office was viewed by 28.8 million people in the U.S., according to The Nielsen Company.  The event pulled an 18.8 household rating on 10 TV networks.
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Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Obama's ratings slide: press conference down 29%
Los Angeles Times:
Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild  —  Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.  —  As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked …
James Rosen / Fox News:
Petraeus: Next Two Weeks Critical to Pakistan's Survival  —  Gen. David Petraeus said he is looking for concrete action by the Pakistani government to destroy the Taliban in the next two weeks before determining the United States' next course of action.  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Postcards:
McLeroy confirmation blocked  —  The confirmation of State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy is dead in the water, Sen. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte, said Thursday.  —  Jackson, chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee, said McLeroy will be left pending in committee …
John Byrne / Raw Story:
Candidate for Georgia governorship says he'd kill his own son to secede  —  A longshot Georgia candidate for governor who's already admitted having sex with a mule before finding God says he's ready to sacrifice his own son in an effort to get his state to secede from the union.
Discussion: Examiner and The Reaction
Serena Ng / Wall Street Journal:
A Chrysler Creditor Finds Himself Torn  —  Geoffrey Gwin is wrestling with the knowledge that the retirement plans of some 80,000 Americans may rest in his hands.  —  “I am in turmoil,” says Mr. Gwin, principal of the Group G Capital Partners LLC hedge funds in New York.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Pew: Church-Goers Like Torture More  —  They were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  They were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them …
Discussion: American Prospect
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Where Is Card Check?  —  Sen. Arlen Specter's party shift has not …
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William Creeley / FIRE:
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Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Renee Loth / Boston Globe:
The matriarchy up north  —  WHAT'S THE MATTER with New Hampshire?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Shakesville
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