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3:55 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.
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.
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 …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Women and Minorities Seen as a Focus of Court Search  —  WASHINGTON — The news that Justice David H. Souter had decided to retire from the Supreme Court fanned the speculative flames in legal and political circles on Friday about whom President Obama might nominate to the court to replace him …
Nell Scovell / Vanity Fair:
Let's Make Clarence Thomas's Worst Nightmare Come True
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 - Update II)  —  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:
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.
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 …
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.
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: The Plank
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.
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
The Politico:
Steele vs. the establishment
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.
Benjamin Sarlin / Blogs and Stories:
Who You Calling an Extremist?  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Department of Homeland Security has come under fire for a memo about right-wing extremists.  Now, The Daily Beast has a new DHS memo that throws dozens more groups—Mexican separatists, Nordic mystics—under the bus.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
New DHS folly: The Domestic Extremism Lexicon
Discussion: Moe Lane
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: Hot Air and Power Line
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Did the search giant just sneakily launch a Facebook killer?  —  For years, Google has had me all wrong.  Type my name into the search engine and, amid a catalog of my many amazing achievements, you'll find the most scurrilous stuff: This guy thinks I'm an idiot, someone else says I'm misguided …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mashable!
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Barton likens BCS to ‘communism’
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Tony Bennett: Americans Should Support Anything Obama Wants
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Dodges Question On Alleged Swine Flu-Democratic Presidents Connection
Discussion: City Pages
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Many States Do Not Meet Readiness Standards
Discussion: Wonk Room
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Andy McCarthy Said “No” to the Justice Department Today
Discussion: Weekly Standard
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
Things That Don't Surprise Me Anymore.
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York /
Senator Specter, meet your new friends
Discussion: and GayPatriot
Julian Sanchez:
Lying About Cass Sunstein
Discussion: Instapundit and The Stash
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New York Times:
First Flu Death Provides Clues to Mexico Toll
Discussion: The Plank and
Corey  —  No, sorry, if you're going to look at “numbers behind …
Josh White / Washington Post:
Abu Ghraib Guards Say Interrogation Memos Show They Were Scapegoats
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dobbs protesters target CNN bureau
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Company warned officials of flu 18 days before alert was issued
Discussion: Prairie Weather