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7:55 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.
Discussion: Concurring Opinions and The Plank
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Gunning For Sotomayor  —  I am inclined to agree with Christy …
Discussion: 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 …
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and American Power
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Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
Funny thing about Obama ...
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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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.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   ACORN CHARGED.  —  Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto …
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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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: TPMMuckraker, Hot Air and SCSUScholars
Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
McCotter Rejects GOP Policy Group  —  House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) said on Friday that he chose not to join senior Republicans in establishing a new policy development group because he believes it could undermine House efforts to hone a stronger GOP identity.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘OUTSIDE’ THE BELTWAY.... As part of the Republican Party's …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and BuzzFlash.org
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Republicans Redouble Re-Branding Efforts
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
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”
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and MoJo Blog Posts
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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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.
Dan Abrams / Blogs and Stories:
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.
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 …
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
New York Post:
FILM A B'WAY SMASH  —  2 HURT IN TIMES SQ.  STUNT  —  A movie chase scene got too realistic early today when a car jumped a curb during a film shoot and smashed into the entrance of a Times Square restaurant, injuring two people, police and witnesses said.
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Government in Identity-Theft Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the federal government has been going too far in using identity-theft laws to prosecute undocumented workers who use fake identification to get and hold jobs.
Discussion: ACS Blog and New York Times
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Jeffrey Bell / NewsMax.com:
Kemp Brought America Back from 1970s
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Dems don't fund bid to close Gitmo
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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
Anne Barrowclough / Times of London:
Doh! Pirates captured after attacking the wrong ship
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
Banks Think They “Own” Congress? Wrong — We're Taking Congress Back
Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Don Surber
Michelle Malkin:
What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP
Discussion: The Other McCain
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Former MI6 chief says Britain was ‘dragged’ into Iraq war
Discussion: Raw Story
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Personal Savings and the Age of Reagan
Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's in limbo as the weeks grind on
New York Times:
Worries Rise on the Size of U.S. Debt