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12:25 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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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 …
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Credit Card Law Is First Up in Congress This Week
Discussion: Washington Post
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Boston Globe:
As Globe closure looms, pressmen reach agreement; Guild goes home  —  Newspaper Guild president Daniel Totten, far left in white shirt, spoke early this morning to a group that included the lead negotiator for Globe management, Gregory L. Thornton.  —  By David Abel and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP leaders give Palin cold shoulder  —  In the latest instance of a high-profile GOP member taking a passing swipe at the party's 2008 vice-presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney jokingly dismissed Sarah Palin's inclusion on Time's list …
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Rachel Martin / ABCNEWS:   Conservatives in Crisis? GOP Reaches Out
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Gingrich at AIPAC  —  When Newt Gingrich appears before a large, politically-active crowd the question always arises: “What is he up to?”  Is he laying the ground work for something - perhaps starting a campaign?  It is not clear, nor is it clear Gingrich knows.
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Calif.'s Harman Rails Against Wiretapping That Ensnared Her
Discussion: Salon, TalkLeft and Eschaton
Jerusalem Post:
Gingrich: ‘Obama endangering Israel’
Marist Poll:
5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom?  —  How low can New York Governor David Paterson's job approval rating go?  Based on the latest Marist Poll numbers, it can still go lower, but not by much!  Not quite one-fifth of New York registered voters statewide — 19% …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
4th-Grader Questions Rice on Waterboarding  —  Ex-Secretary of State Stresses Legality  —  Days after telling students at Stanford University that waterboarding was legal “by definition if it was authorized by the president,” former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was pressed again …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and JammieWearingFool
Time:
Bush Library Raises $100 Million in 100 Days  —  George W. Bush often has said that historians will vindicate his presidency.  And since he left office, he's moving fast to give them the tools.  —  Longtime financial backers of the 43rd president have raised more than $100 million …
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:
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 …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Proposals Would Transform College Aid  —  Obama Plan to Expand Federal Control of Lending Includes Creating Entitlement  —  President Obama's health-care goals may be garnering attention, but his higher-education proposals are no less ambitious.  —  If adopted, they could transform …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Corrente
Wall Street Journal:
Firms Face New Tax Curbs  —  Obama Plan Aims to Limit Use of Offshore Havens by Multinationals and the Wealthy  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will roll out details Monday of what aides are calling a far-reaching crackdown on offshore tax avoidance, targeting …
Discussion: DailyFinance and Cato @ Liberty
Wall Street Journal:
Journal's Wilke Dies of Cancer at 54  —  WASHINGTON — John R. Wilke, a 20-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal known for incisive reporting on the intersection of business and politics, died of cancer Friday afternoon at his Bethesda, Md., home.  —  Mr. Wilke, 54 years old, was a member of the Journal's Washington bureau.
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Falling Wage Syndrome  —  Wages are falling all across America.  —  Some of the wage cuts, like the givebacks by Chrysler workers, are the price of federal aid.  Others, like the tentative agreement on a salary cut here at The Times, are the result of discussions between employers and their union employees.
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
God Talk  —  In the opening sentence of the last chapter of his new book, “Reason, Faith and Revolution,” the British critic Terry Eagleton asks, “Why are the most unlikely people, including myself, suddenly talking about God?”  His answer, elaborated in prose that is alternately witty …
 
 
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Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Cover Story: Stations Search for Gold In a Post-Newspaper Landscape
Jason Keyser / Associated Press:
Journalist group: US reporter hospitalized in Iran
Dan Abrams / Blogs and Stories:
Bush's Lawyers Strike Back
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Mayor closer to gunning for Rep. Shea-Porter's seat
Discussion: MSNBC
Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
Funny thing about Obama ...
Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
Allan H. Meltzer / New York Times:
Inflation Nation  —  IN the 1970s, with inflation rising …
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Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's in limbo as the weeks grind on
Discussion: The Page
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Ads shift from attack to support
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama announces plan to close tax loopholes
Discussion: CBS News
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ariz. activist wants to dethrone McCain
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Molly Bentley / BBC:
Ancient tsunami may have hit New York City
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