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3:15 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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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 …
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 …
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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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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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.
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Marist Poll:
5/4: Gillibrand Needs to Make Positive Inroads with NY Electorate  —  Hers was an atypical ascent to the Senate, and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has a long way to go to convince New Yorkers that she belongs there.  The proportion of New York voters who say Senator Gillibrand is doing …
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 …
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Aljazeera:
‘Witness for Jesus’ in Afghanistan
Discussion: FP Passport and AlterNet.org
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: JammieWearingFool and Power Line
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 …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Corp. tax-cheats cost $210 billion
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
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 …
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.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iran Launches Airstrikes on Iraqi Villages  —  Iranian aircraft attacked three villages inside Iraq over the weekend.  The airstrikes — Iran's first on Iraqi soil since the U.S. invasion — could complicate the Obama administration's efforts to normalize relations with Tehran.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and BLACKFIVE
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Poll: 66% of Israeli Jews back attack on Iran  —  A large majority of Israeli Jews support military action aimed at destroying Iran's nuclear facilities, according to a survey sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.  —  According to the poll, co-sponsored by the Begin-Sadat Center …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Commentary
BBC:
European economy ‘will shrink 4%’  —  EU economies will contract by 4% this year, the European Commission has forecast, in a massive revision from its earlier prediction.  —  The worsening of the global financial crisis, dropping levels of world trade and continuing house value falls had prompted the downgrade, it said.
Discussion: Truthdig
 
 
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Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Former MI6 chief says Britain was ‘dragged’ into Iraq war
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Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Lobbyists help Dems draft climate change bill
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Freedom To Discriminate  —  Robin Wilson wants religious liberty laws …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Bunning skips Kentucky Derby
Bloomberg:
GM Bankruptcy Probable as Obama Favors UAW Against Bondholders
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New York Times:
Marilyn French, Novelist and Champion of Feminism, Dies at 79
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Jason Keyser / Associated Press:
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Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
Wall Street Journal:
Journal's Wilke Dies of Cancer at 54
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Allan H. Meltzer / New York Times:
Inflation Nation  —  IN the 1970s, with inflation rising …
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
God Talk  —  In the opening sentence of the last chapter …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Proposals Would Transform College Aid
Discussion: Corrente and LewRockwell.com Blog