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2:55 PM ET, May 2, 2009


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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: Opinio Juris
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 …
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Obama Has Chance to Select Justice With Varied Résumé  —  WASHINGTON — The current Supreme Court, made up entirely of former federal appeals court judges, is in some ways the most insulated and homogenous in American history.  —  None of the justices have held elective office.
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 Hawkins / Pajamas Media:
The Right Needs to Play as Dirty as the Left  —  It's time to give them a taste of their own medicine. … When I was in college, I studied Southern Long Fist Kung Fu for more than a year and my teacher told me something that I never forgot.  He said that when you're being attacked …
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: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Biden to appear at AIPAC  —  Vice President Joe Biden will headline the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference, which begins tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a source at the group said.  —  The announcement that Biden will speak Monday morning comes a day after a victory …
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
Union Takes Rare Front Seat in Chrysler Deal  —  DETROIT — Labor unions usually dread bankruptcy, and for good reason.  Their pay, benefits and pensions typically suffer significant cuts, as airline and steel workers can attest.  —  But for the United Automobile Workers union …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Change the GOP should believe in  —  It was a mere four years ago that the Republican Party governed — and I assure you I employ the word “govern” reluctantly — every level of federal government.  Few experts construed this to mean that the Democratic Party was forever irrelevant or a rotting cadaver.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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Charles Karel Bouley / The Huffington Post:
The Majority of Muslims Who Attend Mosque Weekly Feel Torturing …
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