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1:45 PM ET, May 1, 2009


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Krooney / The Page:
White Men Need Not Apply  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE: The eleven real Supreme Court nomination questions to watch now.  —  Get The Page delivered to your inbox.  Sign up for TIME's daily political newsletter here.
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.
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
MARK HALPERIN: OH NOES, A WOMAN MIGHT GET THE JOB!  —  You know what is so offensive?  Those damn P.C. police pressuring the president to place a second woman on the Supreme Court.  You know, because it's not embarrassing or anything that although 51 percent of the population is female, only 11 percent of the Court is.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Conservatives target Sotomayor, Kagan, Wood  —  A conservative politico likely to work on the coming judicial nomination battle sends over a memo circulating on the right, which targets three likely Obama nominees: Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Judge Diane Wood, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
Discussion: The Note and Democracy in America
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's choices: Gird your loins
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Slate and The Campaign Spot
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Souter Reportedly Planning to Retire From High Court
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
An Early Line on Possible Souter Replacements
Case against ex-AIPAC staffers dropped  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — A source with intimate knowledge of the case against two ex-AIPAC staffers accused of passing along classified information says the case has been dropped.  —  Keith Weissman, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's former Iran analyst …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Prosecutors to Drop Charges Against Two Former AIPAC Lobbyists  —  The U.S. government is abandoning espionage-law charges against two former lobbyists for a pro-Israel advocacy group, federal officials announced this morning.  —  Prosecutors said they will ask a judge to dismiss the case …
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.
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  —  (updated below)  —  This is a perfect illustration of how severely our political spectrum has shifted in the last two decades and how depraved and extremist our political and media classes have become:
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hispanic Dems furious over GOP video  —  Hispanic Democrats are furious and demanding an apology over an image wedged in a new GOP web video on terrorism that shows members of the Hispanic Caucus sitting at a table with President Obama.  —  “On behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus …
Discussion: CNN
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Hispanic Caucus offended by images in Boehner's fearmongering video.
Discussion: Salon and The Huffington Post
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.
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich insult rankles RNC members  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Several members of the Republican National Committee are miffed at Newt Gingrich for claiming that they're a small bunch of egomaniacs who need to be coddled by the party chairman.  —  “Newt needs to take a breath,” New Jersey committeeman David Norcross told CNN.
The Politico:
Steele vs. the establishment
Discussion: PostPartisan and Ben Smith's Blog
Carlos Batista / Agence France Presse:
Castro blasts Obama on May Day  —  HAVANA (AFP) - Fidel Castro blasted US President Barack Obama Friday in provocative May Day remarks, saying the United States only wanted Cuba to return “to the fold, like slaves.”  —  Castro, 82, who led Cuba for almost 50 years and remains head …
Discussion: Democracy in America and The Page
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
Everybody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
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 …
Corey  —  No, sorry, if you're going to look at “numbers behind the numbers” you have to cover both sides: if you make a gross generalization, saying that blacks only support Obama because he's black, you must also accept as a valid argument that whites only oppose Obama for the same reason.
Byron York /
Senator Specter, meet your new friends  —  What does the future hold for Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter?  A lot of uncertainty, soured relationships, and possible disaster.  And that's just with his new-found friends in the Democratic Party.  —  There's no doubt Senate Democrats …
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.
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
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Company warned officials of flu 18 days before alert was issued  —  WASHINGTON — A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert about a public health emergency of international concern.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Brent Lang / CBS News:
Biden Backlash Over Travel Comments Continues  —  Vice President Joe Biden may represent a bigger threat to the transportation industry than a double billing of “Alive,” a 1993 movie about a plane crash that forces Uruguayan Rugby players to resort to cannibalism, and “Speed,” …
Discussion: The Impolitic and UN Dispatch
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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
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James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Associated Press
Julian Sanchez:
Lying About Cass Sunstein
Discussion: The Stash
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
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In Chrysler Saga, Hedge Funds Cast As Prime Villain
Discussion: DailyFinance and D-Day
Josh White / Washington Post:
Abu Ghraib Guards Say Interrogation Memos Show They Were Scapegoats
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Tim Russert's mystique still dogs David Gregory
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dobbs protesters target CNN bureau
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Senate Defeats Measure to Allow Bankruptcy Judges to Change Mortgage Terms