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1:50 AM ET, May 7, 2009


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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TRANSPARENT BIGOTRY.... Following up on an earlier item, at least one high-profile Republican senator announced he doesn't want to see President Obama nominate a gay American for the Supreme Court. … I don't expect much from Thune, but I have to wonder if he realizes how incredibly ridiculous this is.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sessions would consider gay SCOTUS nominee  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday he could consider a gay nominee for the nation's highest court.  —  “I'm not inclined to think that's an automatic disqualification,” Sessions said of a gay nominee.
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Top Republican inclined against Scotus filibuster
Discussion: The Caucus and Whiskey Fire
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
UPDATED: Steele Condemns Maine Decision, Revealing Split With Snowe and Collins  —  After the RNC said he wouldn't be issuing a statement on Maine's decision to legalize gay marriage today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele is in fact condemning the decision, a position that puts him at odds …
Governor Signs LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom  —  AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci today signed into law LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.  —  “I have followed closely the debate on this issue.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   With Gay Issues in View, Obama Is Pressed to Engage
Same-sex marriage gains in 2 states
Discussion: Blogcritics and Reason
Daily Oklahoman:
House bypasses governor's veto to claim Oklahoma's sovereignty  —  Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma's sovereignty.  —  Unlike House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does not need the governor's approval.
Mother Jones:
A Cheney Cover-Up?  —  Someone in the White House tried to deep-six Philip Zelikow's anti-torture memo.  Welcome to the latest Bush-era whodunit.  —  Post Comment  —  Who in the George W. Bush White House tried to shred a memo challenging the use of torture?
Fox News:
White House to Release Photo From New York Flyover
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Obama tones down National Prayer Day observance
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS' MISTRESS DEMANDS DNA TEST FOR BABY!  —  John Edwards' furious mistress is demanding he submit to a DNA test, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively!  —  Rielle Hunter - the longtime secret lover of the disgraced 2-time presidential candidate - wants definitive proof that Edwards …
Discussion: Don Surber and
Poll: Don't investigate torture techniques  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll indicates that most Americans don't want to see an investigation of Bush administration officials who authorized harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, even though most people think such procedures were forms of torture.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Polling the Torture Debate
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Pakistan-US Relations Are Upside Down  —  I think the headline “U.S. Presses Visiting Pakistani Leader on Taliban Threat” pretty much sums up what's gone wrong in the US-Pakistan relationship.  The Pakistani Taliban are waging a war whose aim is to overthrow the government of Pakistan.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Ed Gillespie: There wasn't a single woman of comparable ‘temperament and intellect’ to Alito.  —  On “The Situation Room” this afternoon, former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie said that “it would be wrong” if President Obama looks at only women for potential Supreme Court nominees …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama Offers D.C. Voucher Program Extension for Existing Students  —  President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted, according to an administration official …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IS CONGRESS TURNING TOWARDS SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM?  —  Steny Hoyer, it seems, is making some noises about Social Security reform.  Good luck with that, I guess.  The interesting nugget in the article, however, is that “House and Senate leaders have resisted the idea of naming a special commission …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Seeking Consensus On Social Security Overhaul
Discussion: The Note and White House Watch
The Politico:
Meltdown: Specter stands alone  —  Arlen Specter infuriated Senate Republicans when he bolted from their party last week.  Now he's alienated just about everybody in the Senate Democratic caucus, too.  —  Since declaring himself a Democrat last Tuesday, Specter has defied Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Hotline On Call:
A Granite State Home Base For Romney?  —  Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who is writing a book on the direction of the country and has signed on to be one of the national spokesmen for the upstart National Council for a New America, which aims to revive the GOP, appears to be taking a third step …
Discussion: Donklephant
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
McCarthy: The Justice Departments Torture Hypocrisy  —  The Obama Justice Department is engaged in the worst type of hypocrisy.  Its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is nearing completion of a 220-page report which will recommend that Attorney General Eric Holder refer former Bush …
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
Obama's Prosecutions by Proxy
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Global Tax Raid  —  President Obama revealed Monday that he's half a supply-sider.  If only someone could explain to him the other half.  We have a tax code, the President said, “that says you should pay lower taxes if you create a job in Bangalore, India, than if you create one in Buffalo, New York.”
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Did Elizabeth Edwards Know When She Said This?  —  Elizabeth Edwards' admission that she knew about her husband's affair “days after” his presidential announcement back in 2006 puts this interview I had with the two of them in a new light.  —  It came just two days after Edwards announced his presidential bid.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Wall Street Journal:
Stress Tests Separate Strong From Weak  —  The Federal Reserve directed at least seven of the nation's biggest banks to bolster their capital levels by $65 billion while effectively blessing the stability of six others, marking for the first time a bold line between some of the nation's stronger and weaker banks.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Too Much, Magic Bus  —  PajamasTV hasn't really been in the news since it hired Sam “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher to report on the war in Gaza, but it's still kicking.  Some of its most popular content is coming from black conservative comic Alphonzo Rachel, who sometimes appears as “President Zobama.”
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Wonkette
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF radio host Michael Savage, banned from Britian: “Will they ban my listeners too?”
Discussion: SFist
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Bright Spot in Downturn: New Hiring Is Robust
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Israel's Nuclear Closet, Ctd
Megan McArdle:
The Price of the King's Shilling
Discussion: QandO, Wizbang, TigerHawk and Clusterstock
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The North Repopulates, Ctd.
Wesley Young / Winston-Salem Journal:
Foxx sends note of apology to gay man's mother
Discussion: Think Progress and Joe. My. God.