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12:40 AM ET, May 2, 2009


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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Conservatives gear up for high court fight  —  Phone lines around Washington began burning this morning as conservative organizations kicked off preparations for the fight over President Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee.  —  Associate Justice David Souter's decision to step down at the end …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Red State's Erik Erickson writes that Judge Souter is a “goat f*&king child molester”  —  The conservative movement is in shambles and this doozy comes from online conservative blogger Erik Erickson of Red State.  Do we need any more proof that they are all certifiable?  What's up with conservatives and their tweets?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Condi's Really Bad Day  —  For eight years, Condoleezza Rice dealt with the Beltway punditry and the access-craving White House press corps.  The reception she got, with a handful of exceptions, was fawning.  Which leaves her totally unprepared for a return to an academy populated …
Nell Scovell / Vanity Fair:
Let's Make Clarence Thomas's Worst Nightmare Come True  —  Minutes after NPR reported that Justice David Souter plans to step down from the Supreme Court, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof updated his Facebook status to ponder a replacement: “I think Obama just might appoint Elena Kagan …
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Why Lindsey Graham is the Guy Obama Needs to Please in Replacing Souter  —  Both sides of the aisle spent all week lamenting/celebrating Arlen Specter's party switch and the potential for a 60 vote Democratic majority in the Senate.  But Specter's swap leaves the Senate Judiciary Committee without its most prominent GOP moderate.
Media Matters:   FLASHBACK ... Kristol called for 2006 and 2008 to be “a referendum” …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's one-man press show: ‘Cool’
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Flashback: Specter Opposed Confirmation Of Potential Obama Supreme Court Nominee
Discussion: The Note and Commentary
Conservatives prepare for Supreme battle
Discussion: The Swamp and D-Day
Krooney / The Page:
White Men Need Not Apply
Discussion: TPMDC, ATTACKERMAN and Bench Memos
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Saying No to Justice  —  I did something today that I've never done before.  The Department of Justice, which I proudly served for a quarter century as an assistant U.S. attorney and a deputy U.S. marshal, asked me for help, and I declined.  Actually, what I declined to do was attend a meeting.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Weasel Zippers
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Andy McCarthy Said “No” to the Justice Department Today
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Sadly, No!
Charles Karel Bouley / The Huffington Post:
The Majority of Muslims Who Attend Mosque Weekly Feel Torturing For Their Cause Is Just**  —  **It's Not True  —  The headline “Majority Of Muslims That Attend Mosque Weekly Feel Torturing For Their Cause Is Just” got your attention, didn't it?  It's not true, I made it up, but the thought of it probably already angered some.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval High Among Muslims, Jews, and Catholics
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Use of Torture and What Nancy Pelosi Knew  —  Torture is an impermissible evil.  Except under two circumstances.  The first is the ticking time bomb.  An innocent's life is at stake.  The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life.  He refuses to divulge.
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Schwarzenegger May Support a Democrat  —  LOS ANGELES — If Republican candidates for governor of California are hoping for an automatic high five from the sitting governor, they ought not to get too comfortable.  —  When asked Friday after giving a speech on health care …
Discussion: Calitics and Donklephant
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Secret’ CIA document on White House Flickr feed  —  A photograph posted by the White House to the photo sharing website Flickr includes an image of a document with the letters CIA printed beneath what appears to be the word “secret.”  —  The photograph by White House photographer Pete Souza …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Moe Lane
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Biden kicked out of country after flu remarks?  —  Things have gotten so bad for the vice president following his disastrous Today Show appearance that he's been exiled?  —  No. It's just coincidental that the day after he strayed way off message on how to deal with the flu virus …
Wall Street Journal:
Citi Said to Need Up to $10 Billion  —  Bank Disputes ‘Stress Test’ Result; U.S. to Let Lenders Convert Loans to Common Stock  —  WASHINGTON — Citigroup Inc. may need to raise as much as $10 billion in new capital, according to people familiar with the matter, as the government continues negotiations …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jon Stewart: Hey, sorry for calling Harry Truman a war criminal  —  A follow-up to Wednesday night's Kinsleyan gaffe: He's sorry, he's just not sure why he's sorry.  The closest we get to an explanation is that the decision to drop the bomb was “complicated,” but of course that's why Cliff …
John Hawkins / Pajamas Media:
The Right Needs to Play as Dirty as the Left  —  It's time to give them a taste of their own medicine. … When I was in college, I studied Southern Long Fist Kung Fu for more than a year and my teacher told me something that I never forgot.  He said that when you're being attacked …
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Mark Penn: No Edwards Could Have Meant ‘Different Outcome’  —  ABC News' Kate Snow and Rick Klein report: What if John Edwards hadn't run for president in 2008?  —  What if he had followed the hindsight-is-20-20 advice being offered now by his wife and chief strategist …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Her Rival Now Her Boss, Clinton Settles Into New Role
Discussion: ONTD: Politics and The Plank
Amy Diluna / NY Daily News:
First Lady Michelle Obama steps out in Lanvin sneakers and they're only $540!  —  Michelle Obama has taken casual to a haute new level.  —  While volunteering Wednesday at a D.C. food bank, the First Lady sported her usual J.Crew cardigan, a pair of utilitarian capri pants and, on her feet, a sneaky splurge: trainers that go for $540.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. May Revive Guantánamo Military Courts  —  The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Mixed reviews for W.H.'s FEC pick  —  In a surprise move that is prompting mixed reactions in the campaign finance community, President Obama on Friday afternoon nominated leading labor lawyer John J. Sullivan to the Federal Election Commission.  —  The commission press office was caught off guard …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ohio: John Kasich filing for guv today  —  It's getting to be that time again:  —  The 2010 elections are right around the corner, and they're going to get pretty interesting in some of the most heavily contested states and congressional districts next year.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Kasich running for Ohio governorship
Discussion: Fox News
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Change the GOP should believe in
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House MySpace seeking BFF
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Politico
The White House:
WhiteHouse 2.0  —  In the President's last Weekly Address …
Discussion: Washington Post
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Barton likens BCS to ‘communism’
Discussion: Hot Air and Pirate's Cove
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Tony Bennett: Americans Should Support Anything Obama Wants
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Dodges Question On Alleged Swine Flu-Democratic Presidents Connection
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Redhot
David Brooks / New York Times:
Genius: The Modern View
Discussion: TalkLeft and Swampland
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich insult rankles RNC members
Discussion: Hullabaloo and