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7:45 PM ET, May 2, 2009


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As Leftists Mock and Belittle Carrie PrejeanShe Becomes More Popular Than They Can Possibly Imagine  —  To see just how far discourse on controversial social issues has declined in our culture, all you need do is watch a few liberals take on Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who likely loss …
Discussion: Right Wing News and TigerHawk
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
YOUR ENLIGHTENED MAINSTREAM: Video: Miss California is a piece of garbage with breast implants or something.  —  It's stuff like this that makes all the “have you no decency, sir?” stuff from the left hard to swallow.  Plus, “gay gynephobia?”  There does seem to be a lot of misogyny coming out of the gay-marriage crowd lately.
NY Daily News:
Bronx girl makes good: Sonia Sotomayor merits look for U.S. Supreme Court  —  She is a daughter of the Bronx, a child of the projects and the product of a single-parent household - and now Sonia Sotomayor has rocketed onto the list of potential nominees for the United States Supreme Court.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Ed Schultz: This is No Time for Bipartisanship — We Need a Liberal on the Supreme Court  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  From the Ed Show May 1, 2009.  Ed Schultz's “Op-Ed” on President Obama's choice for David Souter's replacement on the Supreme Court.
Room for Debate:
The Judgment on Justice Souter
The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson Plans To Oppose Public Health Plan  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday that he will oppose legislation that would give people the option of a public health insurance plan.  The move puts him on the opposite side of two-thirds of Americans.  —  A poll released this week …
Jason Rosenbaum / NOW! Blog:
Ben Nelson bows to the insurance industry  —  Ben Nelson came out today against a public health insurance option: (via CQ, no link) … The company Nelson finds himself in is laid out clearly: business, the insurance industry, and Republicans.  Of course, this isn't surprising, considering his campaign donation history.
Corky Boyd / Island Turtle:
White House uses strong arm tactics to extort concessions from lenders  —  Yesterday (May 1) on Detroit's Frank Beckman's morning talk show (WJR), bankruptcy attorney Tom Lauria made the incendiary accusation that the members of the White House had threatened to use the “the full force …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Latest Copyright Thug: Perez Hilton  —  Perez Hilton is the latest thug to use a bogus copyright claim to get an embarrassing video removed from YouTube.  —  The video in question was produced by the National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes gay marriage.
Discussion: Redhot and ONTD: Politics
Fox News:
Study: Obama's Early Popularity Only Average Among Predecessors  —  Though President Obama's job approval score has been strong since he took office, historical polling data shows his popularity during his first 100 days is right in the middle of the scores other new presidents received from the public over the past 60 years
Swine flu spread ‘not sustained’  —  There is no evidence of the swine flu virus spreading in a sustained way outside North America, a top World Health Organization official says.  —  Dr Michael Ryan, WHO Director of Global Alert and Response, praised European nations' handling of cases and said events did not seem out of control.
Discussion: Don Surber
Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
Mexico swine flu deaths ebb — but caution urged
Discussion: Don Surber and USA Today
The Politico:
GOP leaders launch listening tour  —  With the party at its lowest standing in several decades, Republicans on Saturday launched a listening tour in the heart of the Democratic suburbs, where several of the party's leading voices steered clear of hot-button issues and instead emphasized …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Riehl World View
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama revelling in U.S. power unseen in decades  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama is revelling in presidential power and influence unseen in Washington for decades.  —  Barely 100 days in office, the U.S. president and his Democratic Party have firm control over the White House …
Discussion: and Flopping Aces
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Dems sense opportunity on gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON - Gay marriage legalization in several states and the public's growing acceptance of same-sex unions have Democrats sensing political opportunity and some Republicans re-evaluating their party's hard-line opposition to an issue that long has rallied its base.
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