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5:40 PM ET, May 4, 2009

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Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
The Case Against Sotomayor  —  Indictments of Obama's front-runner to replace Souter.  —  This is the first in a series of reports by TNR legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen about the strengths and weaknesses of the leading candidates on Barack Obama's Supreme Court shortlist.  —  RELATED CONTENT
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sonia Sotomayor's IQ  —  Sonia Sotomayor seems in many ways like exactly the sort of person Barack Obama would appoint to the Supreme Court.  She was born to a working class Puerto Rican family in the South Bronx, and went from Cardinal Spelling High School to Princeton and Yale Law.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Gunning For Sotomayor  —  I am inclined to agree with Christy that Sonia Sotomayor is the most likely Obama nominee, given her compelling personal story and what seems to a moderate liberal record.  Stuart Taylor, however, asserts that: … Excepitonally controversial?
Discussion: D-Day and TalkLeft
Christopher Eisgruber / NPR:
The Next Justice: No More Mr. White Guys
Discussion: The Swamp
Quinnipiac University:
Ridge Trails Pennsylvania's Specter By 3 Points, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; New Democratic Senator Tops Toomey By 20 Points  —  Newly-minted Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter would whip old Republican rival Pat Toomey 53 - 33 percent if the 2010 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race were held today …
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Danny / The Note:
AFL-CIO Leader: Labor Might Not Support Specter  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  The Democratic establishment may be lining up behind Sen. Arlen Specter — but some who control the ground troops aren't so ready to fall into line.  —  On today's “Top Line,” Richard Trumka …
Fox News:
Specter Claims Kemp Would Be Alive if Congress Better Funded Medical Research
Discussion: Commentary and The Plum Line
Rick Wills / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Toomey confident he'll defeat Specter
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Sessions to take over top GOP slot on Judiciary  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will take over the ranking member position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after striking a deal with his more senior colleagues over the weekend, sources confirm to The Hill.  —  Sessions and Sen. Chuck Grassley …
Laura Varon Brown / Detroit Free Press:
Obama criticism shuts down conversation  —  Parties were more fun when George W. Bush was president.  You could debate, argue even, praise and condemn, throw darts and laurels and solve the world's problems over a bottle of wine.  —  No more.  At least not in my circles.
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Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
Funny thing about Obama ...
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Townhall.com
Michelle Malkin:
Another snort-inducer: Obama to crack down on tax cheats  —  Treasury Department tax cheat Tim Geithner already announced this knee-slapper initiative in March.  The White House follows up today with the details of the crackdown on corporate tax cheats: … Where's that Timmy G. tax cheat stamp?
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Foundry
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP turns to Bush aides for advice  —  Republicans looking to recover from Bush-era defeats are turning to an unlikely source for advice: top aides to former President George W. Bush.  —  Former White House press secretary Dana Perino, former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   SEEKING ADVICE FROM LOYAL BUSHIES.... Too often, Republicans …
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gqrr.com:
RE: Resurgent Republic: Stan Greenberg's Open Letter to Ed Gillespie, Founder of Resurgent Republic, on Their Initial National Survey  —  To: Ed Gillespie Founder, Resurgent Republic  —  From: Stan Greenberg Greenberg Quinlan Rosner  —  RE: RESURGENT REPUBLIC
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The Huffington Post:   James Carville: If GOP Abandoned Christian Right, “Their Party Would Crumble”
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Republicans Redouble Re-Branding Efforts  —  Is Eric Cantor the man to revive the Republican Party?  Photo by Ricky Carioti of the Washington Post.  —  National Republican leaders gathered in Northern Virginia over the weekend for the first in a series …
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Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
McCotter Rejects GOP Policy Group
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McCotter: House GOP needs to be an ‘entrepreneurial insurgency.’
Discussion: TPMDC
Jeremy Scahill / The Huffington Post:
US Soldiers in Afghanistan Told to “Hunt People for Jesus... So We Get Them into the Kingdom” (Video)  —  Military officials at Bagram are caught on tape urging US soldiers to evangelize in the Muslim country.  —  New video evidence has surfaced showing that US military forces in Afghanistan …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Times to File Notice It Will Close Boston Globe  —  The New York Times Co. said last night that it is notifying federal authorities of its plans to shut down the Boston Globe, raising the possibility that New England's most storied newspaper could cease to exist within weeks.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
ADL Poll: Israelis Want Attack on Iran  —  For whatever reason, the Anti-Defamation League decided that their mission of fighting anti-semitism extends to surveying the Israeli public's attitudes toward a preemptive military strike on Iran: … Just as food for thought …
Discussion: Commentary
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Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Poll: 66% of Israeli Jews back attack on Iran
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Sarah Palin's “Revelation”  —  This is unfinished business - a news event that got swallowed up by the release of the ICRC report, the OLC Memos and the Senate Armed Services report.  But given this blog's coverage of governor Palin's various strange stories about Trig …
The Daily Beast:
Bush's Lawyers Strike Back  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In a brutally frank and at times contentious interview, former Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales sat down with Dan Abrams to talk about:  —  •their definition of torture ("Were the interrogations harsh?  Yes.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
New York Times:
Worries Rise on the Size of U.S. Debt  —  The nation's debt clock is ticking faster than ever — and Wall Street is getting worried.  —  As the Obama administration racks up an unprecedented spending bill for bank bailouts, Detroit rescues, health care overhauls and stimulus plans …
The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann: Obama Led Spending “Orgy,” Government “Spent Its Wad” (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann is on a roll.  Less than a week after suggesting a link between the swine flu outbreak and Democratic control of the U.S. government, the Minnesota Republican penetrated a heretofore unseen zone …
Discussion: The Swamp and AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
As Foreclosures Surge ...  The Obama administration sat by last week as 12 Senate Democrats joined 39 Senate Republicans to block a vote on an amendment that would have allowed bankruptcy judges to modify troubled mortgages.  —  Senator Obama campaigned on the provision.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Personal Savings and the Age of Reagan  —  I've heard Europeans ascribe the low American savings rate to some aspect of our national character, but as you can see on this chart it's something that's changed quite a bit over the years:  —  Any political observer will look at this trend …
Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's in limbo as the weeks grind on  —  He's got the lead, but all he can do is study issues, talk policy and raise money to pay his recount bills.  —  Six months after Election Day, Al Franken is a man in limbo, preparing for an office he's not entirely sure he's going to get …
Newsweek:
Prisoners of the White House  —  Smart decisions don't grow in a vacuum.  The most successful presidents recognize the fact and encourage debate—and even rivalry—between their advisers.  They do their best to consider the options fully.  All the same, it's harder than many people might imagine …
 
 
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Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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New York Post:
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Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
Dodd Likens Bush Administration To Nazis
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Praise Of Souter
Discussion: New York Times and Swampland
Alexander Arms / NY Daily News:
Aww, shoot! NRA makes Palin top gun
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 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP
Discussion: The Other McCain
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs: No bailout for newspapers
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Government in Identity-Theft Case
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Former MI6 chief says Britain was ‘dragged’ into Iraq war
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Freedom To Discriminate  —  Robin Wilson wants religious liberty laws …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iran Launches Airstrikes on Iraqi Villages
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Weekly Standard
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
God Talk  —  In the opening sentence of the last chapter …
Discussion: JustOneMinute