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9:30 PM ET, May 1, 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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and
Media Matters:
Conservatives prepare for Supreme battle  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — There are few issues that rally conservatives as much as a Supreme Court nomination — and activists are wasting no time gearing up for a battle.  —  Conservative groups worked into the night Thursday after news broke …
Discussion: The Swamp and D-Day
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's one-man press show: ‘Cool’
Discussion: The Politico
Krooney / The Page:
White Men Need Not Apply
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Flashback: Specter Opposed Confirmation Of Potential Obama Supreme Court Nominee
Discussion: The Note and Commentary
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama shares thoughts, plans on David Souter and replacement process
Discussion: Don Surber and Commentary
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Women and Minorities Seen as a Focus of Search
Discussion: Open Left, The Caucus and SCOTUSblog
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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Andy McCarthy Said “No” to the Justice Department Today
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Sadly, No!
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Ronald Reagan: vengeful, score-settling, Hard Left ideologue
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 and Hot Air
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON BURNED BY A RACIAL ‘FIRE’  —  300G SETTLES SUIT BY WHITE FOTOG  —  ALBANY — Gov. Paterson, who raised state taxes by $8 billion last month, just cost state taxpayers $300,000 more.  —  The state has secretly settled an embarrassing federal racial-discrimination lawsuit, The Post has learned.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Redhot
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 …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
U.S. to Drop Spy Case Against Pro-Israel Lobbyists  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama Justice Department moved Friday to drop all charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists who had been charged under the Espionage Act with improperly disseminating sensitive information.
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Knowing a Good Man When You See One  —  The Dalai Lama has been visiting the Boston area, and I'd like to mention a few reports.  First, a note from an NRO reader: Hi, Jay, I had the great opportunity to see the Dalai Lama speak at MIT this afternoon.  When he opened the forum to audience Q&A …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Dorf on Law, Time, Fox News, Hullabaloo and TPMDC
David Brooks / New York Times:
Genius: The Modern View  —  Some people live in romantic ages.  They tend to believe that genius is the product of a divine spark.  They believe that there have been, throughout the ages, certain paragons of greatness — Dante, Mozart, Einstein — whose talents far exceeded normal comprehension …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Swampland
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Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Schwarzenegger May Support a Democrat
Discussion: Calitics
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House MySpace seeking BFF
Discussion: The Politico and Top of the Ticket
The White House:
WhiteHouse 2.0  —  In the President's last Weekly Address …
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
At Treasury, Big White House Role
Discussion: White House Watch and The Stash
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama briefs  —  He made his way into the briefing room just now to comment on Souter:
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Barton likens BCS to ‘communism’
Discussion: Hot Air and Pirate's Cove
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Tony Bennett: Americans Should Support Anything Obama Wants
Discussion: Hot Air
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Dodges Question On Alleged Swine Flu-Democratic Presidents Connection
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ohio: John Kasich filing for guv today
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich insult rankles RNC members
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
INSIDE WASHINGTON: Taxpayers to get rude surprise