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12:15 PM 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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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.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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.
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: ON TO THE NEXT CAMPAIGN
Discussion: Slate and The Campaign Spot
New York Times:
Souter Said to Be Leaving Court in June
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:   MARK HALPERIN: OH NOES, A WOMAN MIGHT GET THE JOB!
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's choices: Gird your loins
Discussion: Nice Deb
Tony Mauro / The BLT:   An Early Line on Possible Souter Replacements
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Specter Defection Will Haunt Dems On Souter Replacement
Discussion: Dorf on Law and TPMDC
JTA:
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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Politico and RebelReports
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 …
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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.
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.
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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.
Discussion: Moonbattery, RedState and Don Surber
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: Townhall.com
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.
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 …
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 …
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Senate Defeats Measure to Allow Bankruptcy Judges to Change Mortgage Terms  —  For the second time in two years, a provision to allow bankruptcy judges to modify mortgages died in the Senate today, handing the Obama administration a significant defeat in its plans for arresting the foreclosure crisis.
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Senate defeats ‘cramdown’ legislation
 
 
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Julian Sanchez:
Lying About Cass Sunstein
Discussion: The Stash and Matthew Yglesias
Carlos Batista / Agence France Presse:
Castro blasts Obama on May Day
Discussion: The Page
Stewart Acuff / The Huffington Post:
Happy May Day!  —  Happy International Workers Day!
Discussion: AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Knowing a Good Man When You See One  —  The Dalai Lama …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
First Flu Death Provides Clues to Mexico Toll
Discussion: The Plank and WSJ.com
www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Corey  —  No, sorry, if you're going to look at “numbers behind …
Washington Post:
In Chrysler Saga, Hedge Funds Cast As Prime Villain
Discussion: D-Day and DailyFinance
Josh White / Washington Post:
Abu Ghraib Guards Say Interrogation Memos Show They Were Scapegoats
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
 Earlier Items: 
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Tim Russert's mystique still dogs David Gregory
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Washington Post Co. Swings to First-Quarter Loss
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dobbs protesters target CNN bureau
Discussion: TVNewser
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Company warned officials of flu 18 days before alert was issued
Discussion: Prairie Weather