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3:25 PM ET, May 5, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Rosen, TNR and the anonymous smears against Sonia Sotomayor  —  (updated below- Update II)  —  Jeffrey Rosen's New Republic smear of Sonia Sotomayor's intellect and character — based almost exclusively on anonymous, gossiping “sources” — is such a model of shoddy, irresponsible …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Groups push for first gay justice  —  President Barack Obama is looking to advance diversity with his pick to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter — and early speculation has focused on whether he'll pick a woman, or perhaps the first Hispanic justice.
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Potential Supreme Court Nominees
Discussion: The Swamp
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Litmus Test That Counts
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Sotomayor's Public Image At Risk, Early
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Plank
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Sonia Sotomayor and Affirmative Action
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Too Cocky  —  Last week Arlen Specter's election as a Democrat in 2010 seemed more or less a given.  The big man in Pennsylvania politics (Ed Rendell) and the big man in US politics (Barack Obama) both put down their finger and said they were behind him.  —  But the certainty of that outcome now seems genuinely in doubt.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, TalkLeft and Eschaton
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Chris Cillizza W / Washington Post:
Ridge May Run for Specter's Senate Seat  —  Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge (R) is seriously considering a 2010 bid for the Senate seat held by Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter and will make his decision in the next two weeks, according to several sources familiar with his thinking.
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:
Can Tom Ridge Win a Republican Primary in PA?
Discussion: The Corner
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
PHANTOM AIR FARCE PICTURES  —  The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday.  —  “We have no plans to release them,” an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.
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Daniel Carty / CBS News:
White House Keeping NYC Flyover Pics Under Wraps
Discussion: Wake up America
Christopher Dean Hopkins / D.C. Wire:
D.C. Council Votes 12-1 to Recognize Other States' Gay Marriages  —  UPDATE 2: After further debate, a second vote was taken, with D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) deciding to vote against the proposal.  The final count is 12-1 in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Long Voyage Home  —  Republicans generally like Westerns.  They generally admire John Wayne-style heroes who are rugged, individualistic and brave.  They like leaders — from Goldwater to Reagan to Bush to Palin — who play up their Western heritage.  Republicans like the way Westerns seem …
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James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Bunning blames McConnell for GOP losses  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Bunning today renewed his attacks on his fellow Kentucky Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of selfishness and being responsible for lost GOP seats in the Senate.
Beverley Rouse / Press Association:
Named and shamed: the 16 barred from UK  —  Sixteen people banned from entering the UK were “named and shamed” by the Home Office today.  —  Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned since October so others could better understand what sort …
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Stephen Donald Black / Guardian:
The Home Office list of people banned from the UK
Discussion: Politics Daily
The Delaware Business Ledger:
Poll shows Castle thumping Biden in hypothetical Senate race  —  A poll shows Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Castle topping Democrat Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden in a mythical Senate race.  —  The poll was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based …
Associated Press:
Obama, Biden raise some Hell Burgers  —  President, vice president motorcade to local grill for lunch  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - It's like this: When you want a burger, you have to have a burger.  —  In this state of mind, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a short …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
Elizabeth Edwards / Time:
How I Survived John's Affair  —  On May 3, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards acknowledged that a federal investigation had been opened into whether his campaign improperly gave money to a woman with whom Edwards had an extramarital affair.  Edwards has denied any wrongdoing by his campaign.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin to WHCD  —  Taking a break from her present Alaska First posture, Sarah Palin will appear at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night, according to — where else — US Magazine.  —  As US reports it: … post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
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CNN:
Palin joins GOP rebranding effort, Limbaugh says leaders fear her
Chris Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
Obama's campaign manager fears Jon Huntsman the most in 2012 … SALT LAKE CITY - (ABC 4 News) - There is one republican presidential candidate that President Barack Obama's campaign manager fears the most in 2012...and his name is Jon Huntsman Jr.  —  This week for Governor Huntsman, good things are coming in threes.
Washington Post:
Murtha's Nephew Got Defense Contracts  —  Millions in Work Came Without Competition  —  The headquarters of Murtech, in a low-slung, bland building in a Glen Burnie business park, has its blinds drawn tight and few signs of life.  On several days of visits, a handful of cars sit in the parking lot …
MickD / Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh's living large while radio boss Clear Channel implodes  —  Even for a pancaked industry like radio broadcasting, which has become somewhat numb to years' worth of mass layoffs triggered by hyper, corporate consolidation, and more recently by an over-the-cliff advertising recession …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Schumer Offers Middle Ground on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — In an effort to defuse the most explosive issue in the debate over comprehensive health care legislation, a top Senate Democrat has proposed that any new government-run insurance program comply with all the rules and standards that apply to private insurance.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WILL WE GET TAX REFORM?  —  For a bit more on the administration's changes to the corporate tax code, check out this post from real life tax lawyer Daniel Shaviro.  In particular, he offers a depressingly realistic take on the difficulties facing any effort to force corporations to pay higher taxes on investment abroad:
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Edward Klein / Vanity Fair:
The Lion and the Legacy  —  Senator Edward Kennedy's diagnosis of brain cancer, in May 2008, touched off an extraordinary medical battle—and a veiled rivalry over who might succeed him as symbolic head of America's fabled dynasty.  Would it be R.F.K.'s oldest son, Joe?  J.F.K.'s daughter, Caroline?
dukenews.duke.edu:
Book by President Barack Obama's Mother to be Published by Duke University Press  —  Duke University Press will publish a book by S. Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama, in December 2009.  Dunham, who died in 1995, completed the dissertation in anthropology for the University of Hawaii in 1992.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Ron Paul's Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) (bachmann.house.gov, Flickr)  —  From time to time, a few members of Congress—as many as 10, sometimes fewer—gather with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to eat lunch and hear …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Wonkette
 
 
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John Carney / Clusterstock:
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Democrats Seek More Interrogation Documents
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Rep. Frank Wolf: AG Holder Stonewalling on the Uighurs
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
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ENOUGH WITH THE ‘INSURGENT’ TALK.... Every member of the House …
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Federal aid is top revenue for states
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Where Home Prices Crashed Early, Signs of a Rebound
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Paul Krugman:
Leaking under stress
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Wall Street Journal:
We Can't Subsidize the Banks Forever
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