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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 …
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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?
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Obama Has Chance to Select Justice With Varied Résumé  —  WASHINGTON — The current Supreme Court, made up entirely of former federal appeals court judges, is in some ways the most insulated and homogenous in American history.  —  None of the justices have held elective office.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's one-man press show: ‘Cool’
Corky Boyd / Island Turtle:
White House uses strong arm tactics to extort concessions from lenders  —  Yesterday (May 1) on Detroit's Frank Beckman's morning talk show (WJR), bankruptcy attorney Tom Lauria made the incendiary accusation that the members of the White House had threatened to use the “the full force …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Secret’ CIA document on White House Flickr feed
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House MySpace seeking BFF
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Politico
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.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
YOUR ENLIGHTENED MAINSTREAM: Video: Miss California is a piece of garbage with breast implants or something.  —  It's stuff like this that makes all the “have you no decency, sir?” stuff from the left hard to swallow.  Plus, “gay gynephobia?”  There does seem to be a lot of misogyny coming out of the gay-marriage crowd lately.
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 …
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
Union Takes Rare Front Seat in Chrysler Deal  —  DETROIT — Labor unions usually dread bankruptcy, and for good reason.  Their pay, benefits and pensions typically suffer significant cuts, as airline and steel workers can attest.  —  But for the United Automobile Workers union …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GET TO KNOW RULE IV.... With the Senate Democratic caucus up to 59 seats, chances are pretty good that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed, no matter how big a fit the right throws.  Even if Republicans abandon everything they said during the Bush years and launched a filibuster …
Discussion: Washington Post and Time
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: PoliGazette, Calitics and Donklephant
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Change the GOP should believe in  —  It was a mere four years ago that the Republican Party governed — and I assure you I employ the word “govern” reluctantly — every level of federal government.  Few experts construed this to mean that the Democratic Party was forever irrelevant or a rotting cadaver.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval High Among Muslims, Jews, and Catholics
Discussion: PoliGazette, Hot Air and The Swamp
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
 
 
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