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9:40 AM ET, May 27, 2009


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor's Rulings Are Exhaustive but Often Narrow  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial opinions are marked by diligence, depth and unflashy competence.  If they are not always a pleasure to read, they are usually models of modern judicial craftsmanship, which prizes careful attention …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Identity Justice  —  Responding to early 19th-century rumors that they drank excessively, the Supreme Court justices decided to drink nothing on conference days — unless it was raining.  At the next conference, Chief Justice John Marshall asked Joseph Story to scan the sky for signs of rain.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Huck comes out firing — at ‘Maria’ Sotomayor  —  Mike Huckabee comes out hard against the Sonia Sotomayor appointment, with a bit of a misfire as concerns her name: … post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  Unbelievable.  How do you still have credibility in judging …
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Empathy’ Nominee  —  Is Sonia Sotomayor judically superior to ‘a white male’?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In making Sonia Sotomayor his first nominee for the Supreme Court yesterday, President Obama appears to have found the ideal match for his view that personal experience …
Steele: GOP must be careful on Sotomayor  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The head of the Republican Party wants his forces to watch their steps when it comes to Supreme Court hopeful Sonia Sotomayor.  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN Radio Tuesday the party that he hopes …
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
The New Justice  —  President Obama seems to have made an inspired choice in picking Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.  She has an impressive judicial record, a stellar academic background and a compelling life story.  Judge Sotomayor would also be a trailblazing figure in the mold …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Sotomayor part of court's Catholic shift?
Discussion: Politics Daily and beliefnet
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:   Inhofe worries that Sotomayor may allow 'undue influence from her …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
A Bad Day for Impartiality
Neomi Rao / Wall Street Journal:   Questions for Sotomayor  —  The confirmation process shouldn't be a rubber stamp.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Right divided over court fight
New York Times:
Obama Hails Judge as ‘Inspiring’
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Yoo on Sotomayor: No Threat to the Revolution
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Would Sotomayor be the First Hispanic Justice?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Sotomayor's Judicial Record Could Be Battlefield for Critics, Advocates
Discussion: Saberpoint and Think Progress
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Republicans Weigh Risks of a Supreme Court Battle
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   What SCOTUS pick says about Obama
Carol Williams / L.A. Now:
Bush vs. Gore rivals challenge Prop. 8 in federal court  —  Two prominent attorneys who argued on opposite sides of Bush vs. Gore, the legal battle over the 2000 presidential election, announced Tuesday that they will challenge Proposition 8 in federal court and seek to restore gay marriage until the case is decided.
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Prop.  8 Challenge Filed in Federal Court  —  In a bold move that takes a new approach to achieving marriage equality, two attorneys who argued opposing sides of the 2000 Bush v. Gore lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court have filed a challenge to Proposition 8 in federal court, The Advocate has learned.
Mercury News:
San Francisco police arrest 175 anti-Prop 8 protesters
Discussion: #gay
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8 upheld by California Supreme Court
Chicago Breaking News:
Burris on tape offering a check for Blagojevich  —  A transcript of a secretly recorded phone call between the brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was released in federal court today, a call in which Burris, then seeking the Senate seat, was recorded offering the Blagojevich campaign a campaign check.
Chicago Tribune:
Burris talks cash on wiretap
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Burris-Blagojevich Ties Come to Life in Transcript
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
Pay to play: Burris promised campaign check for Blago
Heejin Koo / Bloomberg:
North Korea Threatens Armed Strike, End to Armistice  —  North Korea threatened military action in response to South Korea joining a program to seize weapons shipments, and said it's no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.  —  South Korea's actions are tantamount to a …
(LEAD) N. Korea launches additional missile into East Sea: official  —  North Korea launched an additional short-range missile from its east coast Tuesday night, an official at the South Korean presidential office said Wednesday.  —  “The North appears to have launched a ground-to-ship missile …
North Korea ‘fires more missiles’
Discussion: The Reaction
John Taylor / Financial Times:
Exploding debt threatens America  —  Standard and Poor's decision to downgrade its outlook for British sovereign debt from “stable” to “negative” should be a wake-up call for the US Congress and administration.  Let us hope they wake up.  —  Under President Barack Obama's budget plan, the federal debt is exploding.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and naked capitalism
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
AT&T May Have Swayed ‘Idol’ Results  —  LOS ANGELES — AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of “American Idol,” might have influenced the outcome of this year's competition by providing phones for free text-messaging services and lessons in casting blocks of votes at parties organized …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and CBS News
Montana town wants Gitmo detainees  —  HARDIN, Montana (CNN) — The tiny town of Hardin, Montana, is offering an answer to a very thorny question: Where should the nation put terror detainees if the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is shut down by the end of the year as President Obama has pledged?
Discussion: RedState
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court overrules Michigan v. Jackson  —  Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled its 23-year-old ruling in Michigan v. Jackson on the rights of a criminal suspect in police custody who has asked for a lawyer.  The Court did so in Montejo v. Louisiana (07-1529), in an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia.
Discussion: NPR Blogs
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Ease Rules on Questioning
Discussion: ACS Blog
Obama's Transportation Secretary Says He Wants to ‘Coerce People Out of Their Cars’  —  ( - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a group of reporters at the National Press Club on Thursday that he wants to “coerce people out of their cars.”  —  In Newsweek magazine last week …
Discussion: HazZzMat
Canada official eats seal heart  —  Canada's governor general, Michaelle Jean, has helped to butcher and eat a seal in an apparent act of solidarity with hunters.  —  Ms Jean used a traditional Inuit knife to help gut the animal then ate a slice of raw heart.
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