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2:50 PM ET, May 26, 2009


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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Chooses Sotomayor for Supreme Court Nominee  —  President Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as his first appointment to the court, officials said Tuesday, and has scheduled an announcement for 10:15 a.m. at the White House.
New York Times:
Obama Picks Sotomayor, Citing Intellect  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Tuesday that he will nominate the federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents raised in a Bronx public housing project to become the nation's first Hispanic justice.
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8 upheld by California Supreme Court  —  The justices uphold the same-sex marriage ban but also rule that the 18,000 gay couples who wed before the November vote will stay married.  The decision is sure to spark another ballot box fight.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
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 …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The Dynamic of the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor  —  The White House will announce a Supreme Court nominee at 10 a.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely hold hearings in the third week of July, permitting written committee questions the following week and a floor vote before Congress leaves …
Aaron Blake / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
RNC fumbles Sotomayor talking points  —  Whoops.  The Republican National Committee (RNC) has apparently inadvertently released its list of talking points on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.  —  Included on the released list were a few hundred influential Republicans …
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
California Supreme Court upholds Prop. 8; gay marriage remains banned in state  —  The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage but also ruled that gay couples who wed before the election will continue to be married under state law.
Sotomayor on high court pick: ‘Most humbling honor’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  If confirmed, Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice and the third woman to serve on the high court.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Favorites of Left Don't Make Obama's Court List  —  WASHINGTON — Pamela S. Karlan is a champion of gay rights, criminal defendants' rights and voting rights.  She is considered brilliant, outspoken and, in her own words, “sort of snarky.”  To liberal supporters, she is an Antonin Scalia for the left.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
California Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage  —  The California Supreme Court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage today, ratifying a decision made by voters last year that runs counter to a growing trend of states allowing the practice.  —  The decision, however …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Don Surber
California court upholds same-sex marriange ban  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) — The California Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on same-sex marriage that state voters passed in November, but it allowed about 18,000 marriages performed before the ban to remain valid.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's choice of Sotomayor deserves praise  —  Reports indicate that President Obama has selected Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court.  The announcement will be made formally this morning at 10:15 a.m. EST. This nomination …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex marriage ruling draws a crowd  —  (05-26) 10:54 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — It wasn't totally unexpected, but for advocates of same-sex marriage, the blow hurt nonetheless.  —  As word of the California Supreme Court's decision upholding Proposition 8 filtered through the crowd …
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Sotomayor Nomination  —  In a previous Forbes column …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Sotomayor Was Appointed by a Republican President in '92
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Brody / The Brody File:
Sotomayor's Abortion Related Ruling
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sonia Sotomayor's greatest hits
Mark Halperin / Time:
Judge Sonia Sotomayor Headed for Easy Supreme Court Nomination
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama picks Sotomayor for SCOTUS slot
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
How the White House Will Sell Sotomayor
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Newsweek Blogs
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House Armed With Talking Points For Sotomayor Fight—Evoke Her ‘Empathy’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Nominee: All You Need To Know
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
AP source: Obama picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court
Discussion: Fox News and Weekly Standard
Craig Calcaterra / Newsvine:
Obama picks baseball-friendly Supreme Court nominee
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Split Decision on Prop. 8
Discussion: Law Dork, 2.0 and GayPatriot
Wall Street Journal:
Millionaires Go Missing  —  Maryland's fleeced taxpayers fight back.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Here's a two-minute drill in soak-the-rich economics:  —  Maryland couldn't balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy.
Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?  —  North Korea thumbs its nuclear nose at Washington.  —  During the U.S. Presidential primaries last year, I had expressed my misgivings that Barack Obama might turn out to be another Jimmy Carter, whose confused thinking and soft image paved the way for the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The Huffington Post:
Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney For Torture Speech (VIDEO)  —  A former top interrogator is responding forcefully to the case Dick Cheney made on Thursday in favor of torture (what the former VP and his allies refer to as “enhanced interrogation methods.")
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Judge OKs release of wiretap of Burris  —  CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he would allow the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee to have a federal wiretap of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother having a phone conversation with U.S. Sen. Roland Burris.
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge OKs release of secret recordings between Burris, Blagojevich's brother
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Oppose Closing Guantanamo Prison Camp  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide now disagree with President Barack Obama's decision to close the prison camp for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey …
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Brian Tumulty / The Journal News:
Confusion, conflict mar Gillibrand's run
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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck Twitter twit: “Does the nominee still have Diabetes?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Tucker Carlson to launch right-leaning HuffPo alternative
Alex Panetta / Canadian Press:
Gov. Gen. eats slaughtered seal's raw heart to show support for seal hunt
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