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11:00 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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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.
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 …
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.
Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
Filling the Souter Seat
Krooney / The Page:   White Men Need Not Apply
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Souter Said To Be Retiring; Who Would Replace Him?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Don Surber
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Justice Souter's Retirement and Where We Go from Here
Discussion: Christy Hardin Smith and Law Blog
John Nichols / The Nation:
Obama Likely to Pick Woman to Replace Souter
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few More Thoughts  —  Some stories, like the Souter retirement …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and Taylor Marsh
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.
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Casey backs Specter  —  At the top, at least, the Pennsylvania Democrats are closing ranks around their newest member.  —  Sen. Bob Casey on “The Bill Press Show” this morning:  —  Bill Press: If you believe that Arlen Specter is the strongest candidate, will you support him in the Democratic primary?
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sestak may challenge Specter in primary
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: RedState, Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
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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
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.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Plea Deal Reached With Agent for Al Qaeda  —  During the nearly six years that Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri spent in isolation in a Navy brig as the last enemy combatant held on United States soil, he denied the government's charges that he was a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda, his lawyers said.
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Rice: Al Qaeda A Greater Threat Than Nazi Germany
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Think Progress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Churchill vs Cheney, Ctd.  —  The Guardian story on the “London Cage” has troubled me greatly and I have tried to find out as much as possible about it since yesterday.  The best account of the history of democracies and torture can be found in Darius Rejali's book, “Torture and Democracy …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and JustOneMinute
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Baseline Scenario
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