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4:15 PM ET, May 5, 2009

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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.
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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 …
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Potential Supreme Court Nominees
Discussion: The Swamp
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Litmus Test That Counts
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: TalkLeft and Obsidian Wings
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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 and TPMDC
The Huffington Post:
Specter Meets With Labor Officials
Discussion: TPMDC and The Plum Line
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Sestak: ‘Inclined’ to tackle Specter
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
Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Miss California: I'll fight on despite racy photos  —  Carrie Prejean claims foes of her same-sex marriage views released them  —  With partially nude photos of her popping up on Web sites questioning her Christian credentials, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has fired back …
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Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
California Gay Marriage Backers Poised to Try Again in 2010
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
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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John Carney / Clusterstock:
New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler  —  Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as “a farce,” saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats.  —  Conversations with administration …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Lauria allegations of threats corroborated
Discussion: Moe Lane and SCSUScholars
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.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:   Disgraced Edwards back in the spotlight
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Former Bush Officials Work to Soften Ethics Report on Interrogations  —  Former Bush administration officials are launching a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to urge Justice Department leaders to soften an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics …
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 …
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
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: Wonkette and Flopping Aces
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.
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.
Discussion: MyDD and GOP 12
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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The Hill:
Lawmakers rank Pelosi the most-partisan Dem
Discussion: Roll Call, Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Cash for clunkers:’ Obama, Dems agree
Discussion: The Politico
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
10 Genes, Furiously Evolving
MickD / Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh's living large while radio boss Clear Channel implodes
Martina Stewart / CNN:
'I'm very serious about running,' Ron Paul's son says
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ENOUGH WITH THE ‘INSURGENT’ TALK.... Every member of the House …