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9:55 PM ET, May 4, 2009

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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 …
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The Politico:
Hatch: W.H. may reveal name this week  —  After talking to President Barack Obama on the phone today, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says he believes the White House will move swiftly on its Supreme Court nominee, perhaps making an announcement by the end of this week.
Discussion: Donklephant and TPMDC
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
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.
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
Christopher Eisgruber / NPR:   The Next Justice: No More Mr. White Guys
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber: I would never let gay people ‘anywhere near my children.’  —  In an interview with Christianity Today, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher said that calling gay people “queer” “is not like a slur” because homosexuality is “strange and unusual.”  He also declared that he would never …
Discussion: Colorado Independent
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Christianity Today:
Q & A: ‘Joe the Plumber’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher was launched into the public arena after Senator John McCain used him as an example of an average American during a presidential debate last fall.  “Joe the Plumber” quickly became a celebrity because he questioned then-candidate Barack Obama …
Mary Manning / Las Vegas Sun:
Criminal charges filed against ACORN, two employees  —  Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State Ross Miller announced Monday that voter registration fraud charges have been filed against an organization that works with low-income people and two of its employees in its Las Vegas office.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Election Law
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   ACORN CHARGED.  —  Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN charged with registration fraud for ‘blackjack’ payments
Discussion: Salon
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sestak Predicts Unions Won't Back Specter Without EFCA Shift
Discussion: The Note, Open Left, SEIU, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
When Reporters Rise For The President  —  Some people noticed that many reporters rose from their seats last Friday when President Obama unexpectedly entered the White House briefing room, but the same courtesy was not always extended in the past when President Bush would make an appearance.
Discussion: Hot Air
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John Carney / Clusterstock:
Is The White House Lying About Perella Weinberg Threat Story?  —  Allegations that the Obama administration behaved thuggishly in putting together its Chrysler rescue package aren't going away.  Right now we're at a kind of impasse, with conflicting accounts that need to be resolved before we will know exactly what happened.
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMMuckraker and SCSUScholars
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”
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
A VERY WEIRD FORM OF CONSISTENCY.  —  Not to fill the blog with Arlen Specter related content this morning, but this bit from Meet the Press deserves to be quoted. … The thing about the Wyden-Bennett plan — the aspect that actually makes it different from virtually every other plan on offer …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin will work with Nat'l Council  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to work with a new Republican group, the National Council for a New America, a spokeswoman said.  —  Palin “looks forward to doing all she can to bring about positive change many desire and deserve, across Alaska and our great nation …
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Governor supports abortion initiative
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans Kindle for Textbooks  —  Amazon.comInc. on Wednesday plans to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical and academic textbook publishers, according to people familiar with the matter.
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
MONSTERS, INC.  —  Amid the blizzard of economic data that the government puts out every week, last Tuesday's report analyzing G.D.P. industry by industry got little notice.  But it contained one very interesting piece of data: in 2008, for the first time in sixteen years, the finance and insurance industry shrank.
Allison Corneau / Us Weekly:
Chace Crawford to Attend White House Correspondents Dinner  —  Mr. Crawford is going to Washington!  —  Usmagazine.com has exclusively learned that Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford has been invited to be the guest of the Fox News Channel at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘OUTSIDE’ THE BELTWAY.... As part of the Republican Party's rebranding effort, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) hosted a National Council for a New America event at a pizza shop over the weekend.  Roll Call reported, “Cantor said the idea of the road show is to gather ideas from outside the Beltway to shape the Republican agenda.”
Michelle Malkin:
What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP  —  George Will's latest column on the sagging economy of California and the upcoming slate of massive tax-hike initiatives on the ballot only scratches the surface of what's rotten in the formerly Golden State.  —  The state GOP is a basket case.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Pajamas Media
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 Huffington Post and The Swamp
David Skeel / Less than the Least:
Pam Karlan and Souter's Seat—Stuntz  —  If Obama wants to appoint a Scalia for the left, he should choose Pam Karlan, a longtime colleague of mine at Virginia who now teaches at Stanford.  Pam is (1) brilliant, (2) broadly knowledgeable — Cass Sunstein aside, I can't think of anyone who knows …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
Dodd Likens Bush Administration To Nazis  —  Just.  Wow.  —  Are you kidding me?  Water boarding is the same as incinerating 6 million Jews and being responsible for 55 million lives lost.  Really?  —  Well, I'll say this for the Democrats, they know how to pander to their base even when in office.
Discussion: RedState
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Someone needs to give Jane Harman an award for this  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about one of the most shameless and absurd spectacles to appear in Washington in some time: the self-righteous, self-obsessed rage expressed by Blue Dog Rep. Jane Harman …
Associated Press:
Obama celebrates Cinco de Mayo a day early  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a little early.  —  On the eve of the Mexican holiday, Obama on Monday had an event in the East Room of the White House with Mexico's Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan (sahr-oo-KHAN').
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 …
 
 
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama official Kareem Dale confirms White House's love for MSNBC
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Weekly Standard
Jerusalem Post:
Emanuel: Thwarting Iran hinges on Israeli-Palestinian talks
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Israel Matzav
Crisitunity / Swing State Project:
PVI/Vote Index for 2008  —  One year ago I tried out an experiment …
Discussion: MyDD
Petra Cahill / World Blog:
‘THEY KILL PEOPLE LIKE US,’ SAYS GAY IRAQI
Discussion: #gay
Neil Newhouse / TQIA:
A Deeper Look at Party Identification
Discussion: MyDD and Ben Smith's Blog
Irwin M. Stelzer / New York Post:
CHRYSLER CUT-UP'S CONTRACT KILLERS
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Moderate Voice:
How The Republicans Can Learn From David Cameron's British …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 Earlier Items: 
Taylor Atkins / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Doles encourage political passion
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
Banks Think They “Own” Congress? Wrong — We're Taking Congress Back
New York Post:
FILM A B'WAY SMASH
Michelle Malkin:
Another snort-inducer: Obama to crack down on tax cheats
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, Hot Air and The Foundry
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iran Launches Airstrikes on Iraqi Villages
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Weekly Standard