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4:40 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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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.
Christopher Eisgruber / NPR:
The Next Justice: No More Mr. White Guys
Discussion: The Swamp
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Gunning For Sotomayor  —  I am inclined to agree with Christy …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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?
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Jeanne Sahadi / CNNMoney.com:
Obama plans corporate tax crackdown
Discussion: The Foundry
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Corp. tax-cheats cost $210 billion
Discussion: The Politico
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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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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 …
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 …
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 Don Surber
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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: Haaretz and Commentary
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
Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
Funny thing about Obama ...  Well, maybe not so funny.  Comedians are treading carefully as they test the limits of political satire with a black president.  —  On his HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian routinely makes vicious fun of celebrities, politicians, presidents and even God.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Townhall.com
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Governor supports abortion initiative  —  CONSENT: Voters, not lawmakers, would decide if doctors had to tell a parent of a girl younger than 18.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  Gov. Sarah Palin is backing a ballot measure to bypass the Legislature and make it illegal for teenagers to get an abortion without telling their parents.
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Praise Of Souter
Discussion: New York Times, Swampland and Law Blog
Alexander Arms / NY Daily News:
Aww, shoot! NRA makes Palin top gun
Discussion: Don Surber
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs: No bailout for newspapers
BBC:
European economy ‘will shrink 4%’
Discussion: Truthdig
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
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Lobbyists help Dems draft climate change bill
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Freedom To Discriminate  —  Robin Wilson wants religious liberty laws …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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Bloomberg:
GM Bankruptcy Probable as Obama Favors UAW Against Bondholders
Discussion: Wonk Room
New York Times:
Marilyn French, Novelist and Champion of Feminism, Dies at 79
Discussion: Althouse and Shakesville
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iran Launches Airstrikes on Iraqi Villages
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Weekly Standard
Allan H. Meltzer / New York Times:
Inflation Nation  —  IN the 1970s, with inflation rising …
Discussion: Reason
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
God Talk  —  In the opening sentence of the last chapter …
Discussion: JustOneMinute