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9:40 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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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Souter Replacements: Obama's Five Likely Picks (SLIDESHOW)  —  News of Justice David Souter's plan to retire at the end of the Supreme Court's current term immediately set off one of Washington D.C.'s most cherished parlor games: speculating who will take his place.
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.
MSNBC:
NBC: Souter to retire from Supreme Court  —  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, several government sources told NBC News.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Souter Retirement (Further) Roils Political Landscape  —  The news that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire as early as next month is likely to set off a massive campaign-style fight over the man or woman that President Obama nominates to fill …
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 Sherman / Associated Press:   Does Souter's silence on hiring mean he's leaving?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Souter retiring
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The BLT
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   SOUTER TO RETIRE? MAYBE, MAYBE NOT
CBS News:   Supreme Court Justice Souter To Retire
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 …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
ABC's Shame  —  ABC runs a report showing the names and faces …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
CNN:
Survey: Churchgoers more likely to back torture  —  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 survey.  —  More than half of people who attend services at least once a week …
Discussion: Thou Shalt and JONATHAN TURLEY
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
INSIDE WASHINGTON: Taxpayers to get rude surprise  —  INSIDE WASHINGTON: Millions of couples, retirees may have to repay some of Obama tax credit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans enjoying their small windfall from President Barack Obama's “Making Work Pay” tax credit are in for an unpleasant surprise next spring.
Washington Post:
Laid-Off Lawyer From Bethesda Fatally Shoots Self  —  A 59-year-old lawyer with an Atlanta-based firm who was about to lose his job because of the economy was found dead in his Washington office yesterday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.
Zachery Kouwe / New York Times:
The Lenders Obama Decided to Blame  —  Peter A. Weinberg and Joseph R. Perella are part of a band of Wall Street renegades — “a small group of speculators,” President Obama called them Thursday — who helped bankrupt Chrysler.  —  That, anyway, is the Washington line.
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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Washington Post:
Poll: Rising U.S. Support for Social Issues, Such as Gay Marriage
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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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 …
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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 …
Urbzen / Teablogging:
TCOT (Teabagger Catfight On Twitter)  —  Sorry kids, Mom and Dad are getting a divorce.  And yeah, it is kind of your fault.  —  This morning teabagger-in-chief and “Top Conservatives on Twitter” (TCOT) co-founder Rob Neppell posted this message on TopConservativesOnTwitter.org …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Top Conservatives On Twitter FAIL
 
 
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