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8:05 PM ET, May 1, 2009


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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Conservatives gear up for high court fight  —  Phone lines around Washington began burning this morning as conservative organizations kicked off preparations for the fight over President Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee.  —  Associate Justice David Souter's decision to step down at the end …
Nell Scovell / Vanity Fair:
Let's Make Clarence Thomas's Worst Nightmare Come True  —  Minutes after NPR reported that Justice David Souter plans to step down from the Supreme Court, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof updated his Facebook status to ponder a replacement: “I think Obama just might appoint Elena Kagan …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's choices: Gird your loins  —  Conservatives in Washington are gearing up for the SCOTUS battle.  My legal sources have compiled sketches of Obama's top three likely picks and their records.  Gird you loins:  —  Elena Kagan … Sonia Sotomayor … Diane Wood
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and D-Day
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's one-man press show: ‘Cool’
Discussion: The Politico
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Red State's Erik Erickson writes that Judge Souter is a “goat f …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Flashback: Specter Opposed Confirmation Of Potential Obama Supreme Court Nominee
Discussion: The Note and Commentary
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama shares thoughts, plans on David Souter and replacement process
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Women and Minorities Seen as a Focus of Search
Discussion: Open Left, The Caucus and SCOTUSblog
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:
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Saying No to Justice  —  I did something today that I've never done before.  The Department of Justice, which I proudly served for a quarter century as an assistant U.S. attorney and a deputy U.S. marshal, asked me for help, and I declined.  Actually, what I declined to do was attend a meeting.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Andy McCarthy Said “No” to the Justice Department Today
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Sadly, No!
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.
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Biden kicked out of country after flu remarks?  —  Things have gotten so bad for the vice president following his disastrous Today Show appearance that he's been exiled?  —  No. It's just coincidental that the day after he strayed way off message on how to deal with the flu virus …
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jon Stewart: Hey, sorry for calling Harry Truman a war criminal  —  A follow-up to Wednesday night's Kinsleyan gaffe: He's sorry, he's just not sure why he's sorry.  The closest we get to an explanation is that the decision to drop the bomb was “complicated,” but of course that's why Cliff …
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Secret’ CIA document on White House Flickr feed  —  A photograph posted by the White House to the photo sharing website Flickr includes an image of a document with the letters CIA printed beneath what appears to be the word “secret.”  —  The photograph by White House photographer Pete Souza …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Moe Lane
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
The White House:
WhiteHouse 2.0  —  In the President's last Weekly Address, he called on government to “recognize that we cannot meet the challenges of today with old habits and stale thinking.”  He added that “we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Hullabaloo and
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
New DHS folly: The Domestic Extremism Lexicon  —  The Janet Napolitano-led Department of Homeland Security strikes gold again with a follow-up to its April 7th report casting conservative political positions as indicators of threats to national security.  Raw Story and the Daily Beast report …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House MySpace seeking BFF
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama briefs  —  He made his way into the briefing room just now to comment on Souter:
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Barton likens BCS to ‘communism’
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Tony Bennett: Americans Should Support Anything Obama Wants
Discussion: Hot Air
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Ohio: John Kasich filing for guv today
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
Things That Don't Surprise Me Anymore.
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Julian Sanchez:
Lying About Cass Sunstein
Discussion: The Stash and Instapundit
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dobbs protesters target CNN bureau
Discussion: The Note and TVNewser