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6:00 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 …
Room for Debate:
The Judgment on Justice Souter
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 …
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:
Swine flu deaths ebb, but could come back strong
Discussion: Don Surber and USA Today
Darren Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE:
Kinder, Gentler Military Tribunals?  You Betcha. . . .  Is President Obama planning to use highly criticized military courts to prosecute detainees at Guantanamo Bay?  —  According to a New York Times article, he is.  —  Civil libertarians within Obama's liberal base passionately opposed …
Discussion: The Rhetorican and Opinio Juris
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
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
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: Riehl World View
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Dems: Opportunity as gay marriage acceptance grows  —  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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GET TO KNOW RULE IV.... With the Senate Democratic caucus up to 59 seats, chances are pretty good that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed, no matter how big a fit the right throws.  Even if Republicans abandon everything they said during the Bush years and launched a filibuster …
Discussion: Washington Post and ONTD: Politics
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus  —  WASHINGTON — The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is “global warming.”  —  The term turns people off, fostering images of shaggy-haired liberals, economic sacrifice and complex scientific disputes …
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