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11:10 PM ET, May 25, 2009


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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Will The Left Apologize To Bolton?  —  On May 20, 2009, John Bolton wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal titled “Get Ready for Another North Korean Nuke Test” in which he noted that the complacency of the Obama administration about North Korea's nuclear ambitions (and Iran's) was misplaced:
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
North Korean Nuclear Blast Draws Global Condemnation  —  China, Russia Decry Ally; Device Seen as Small Advance  —  North Korea's detonation of a nuclear device Monday appears not to have been a significant technical advance over its first underground test three years ago.
Discussion: The Page
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korean Nuclear Claim Draws Global Criticism  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea announced on Monday that it had successfully conducted its second nuclear test, in defiance of international warnings.  —  The dimensions of the test were not immediately verifiable.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:   North Korean Nuclear Blast Tests Obama's Engagement Policy
North Korea nuclear test ‘on a par with Hiroshima’
Martin Fackler / New York Times:   Timing of Test Hints at Succession Issues
CNN Poll: Powell vs. Cheney and Limbaugh  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Colin Powell fires back against Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh in the latest skirmish in the battle over the future of the Republican Party, a new national poll indicates that Americans have a much more favorable opinion of Powell than Cheney or Limbaugh.
Brad / Sadly, No!:
A novel objection to gay marriage  —  Oh my.  Oh, oh my: … OK, so we can expect Schulman from here to advance his argument against gay marriage in a way that does not invoke Jesus and does not call gay people “icky.”  I'm skeptical that he'll be able to pull this off, but I'll be interested to see him try.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Couples Await Gay Marriage Ruling  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After more than 30 years together, Brent Lok and Wade French have accumulated more than a few possessions, including a hilltop home, an impressive collection of Asian art and, alongside their diplomas, vacation photos and family portraits …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's wreaths: Afro-Amer., Confed.  —  Today, there were wreaths to go around.  —  Several dozen professors had called upon the first African-American president to forgo a Memorial Day tradition of laying a wreath at a monument to Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery …
Discussion: Redhot
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
An Extra Memorial Day Wreath for Obama  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — President Obama observed Memorial Day on Monday just as his predecessors have: by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns here.  But Mr. Obama added a new twist: he sent a second wreath to a memorial honoring African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:   Obama lays wreath at Arlington
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
State of Paralysis  —  California, it has long been claimed, is where the future happens first.  But is that still true?  If it is, God help America.  —  The recession has hit the Golden State hard.  The housing bubble was bigger there than almost anywhere else, and the bust has been bigger too.
John Steele Gordon / Commentary:
Getting California Wrong  —  Sometimes you just have to wonder if there is sentient life on the opinion floor of the New York Times Building.  —  Yesterday, the Times ran an editorial called “The Sorry State of the States” that noted that many states have budget problems, thanks to the recession.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Calitics
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Host Defends Her Brand  —  Even by the standards of cable news, Greta Van Susteren is an outsize personality.  —  On her Fox News prime-time show, she covers murder trials one minute and bailout money the next.  On her popular blog, she posts almost hourly on most days and chats with viewers via Skype.
Discussion: Don Surber, TVNewser and GOP 12
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Discussion: Don Surber
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
More Than One Way to Diversify the Supreme Court  —  Beyond Race and Gender, Today's Justices are Homogenous  —  Everyone talks about diversifying the Supreme Court.  Maybe the time has come for a WASP.  —  There hasn't been a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant put forward …
Aaron Stein / Map the Fallen:
Map the Fallen launched!  —  For the past two years I've been working on the Google Earth Outreach team, aimed at helping non-profits and public benefit groups use Google Earth and Google Maps to further their cause.  In that time I've worked on so many cool projects, from training indigenous communities …
Sara Robinson / Orcinus:
Decision Day on California's Prop 8  —  Tomorrow is D-Day in California: the day that the state's Supreme Court will render its decision on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the initiative passed last November to put an end to legal gay marriage in the state.  —  Nobody has a clue which way they're likely to rule.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Who Will Ombud The Ombudsman?  —  Clark Hoyt, ombudsman of the NY Times, goes into the tank for Edmund Andrews, author of “Busted”, who was busted by Megan McArdle.  —  To recap - Edmund Andrews, Times financial reporter, is promoting a new book claiming to detail his personal journey through …
Discussion: Online NewsHour
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Backlash grows against Obama's preventive detention proposal  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  The backlash against President Obama's extraordinary proposal for indefinite “preventive detention” — already widespread in the immediate aftermath of his speech — continues to grow.
Gateway Pundit:
Useful Idiot Andy Rooney Shames America on Memorial Day (Video)  —  Andy Rooney couldn't help himself.  —  The bitter liberal could think of nothing better for his Memorial Day segment than to shame America for participating in war...  As if this country decides to go to war just for kicks:
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Happy Days Are Here Again  —  Buried Lede of the Day: From the tenth graf of a May 7 WSJ article on furniture retailer Design Within Reach: … Is that really true?  If so, a big deal, no? ...  And why?  Perspective?  Lower status anxiety?  Lower Iraq anxiety?  Obama?  The power of schadenfreude? ...
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