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1:55 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.
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 …
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:  —  The appointment of Maria Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is the clearest indication yet that President Obama's campaign promises …
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 …
Washington Post:
Obama Chooses Sotomayor for Supreme Court  —  President Obama this morning nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, hailing her as “an inspiring woman” with a moving personal story and broad professional experience …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's choice of Sotomayor deserves praise  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sotomayor For SCOTUS: What It Means  —  President Obama 's choice of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next justice on the Supreme Court is a pick heavy with historic significance but also a sign of the confidence the president has in his political standing.
The Brody File:
Sotomayor's Abortion Related Ruling  —  Back in 2002, Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor wrote an opinion AGAINST a pro-choice group.  It involved the controversial Mexico City policy.  Read a summary of the case below from the the SCOTUS Blog.  —  The case was called, “Center for Reproductive Law and Policy vs. Bush.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Sotomayor Was Appointed by a Republican President in '92
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Pick, From The Start
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
How the White House Will Sell Sotomayor
Discussion: Donklephant
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
California Supreme Court upholds Prop. 8; gay marriage remains banned in state
Discussion: The Page and D-Day
The White House:
Judge Sonia Sotomayor
Obama Nominates Sonia Sotomayor For Supreme Court
Discussion: USA Today and
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Prop 8 Decision: What to Expect from the California Supreme Court
Discussion: TalkLeft
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House Armed With Talking Points For Sotomayor Fight—Evoke Her ‘Empathy’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: On Sotomayor, the Supreme Court and Policy
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
For Sotomayor, Humble Beginnings to High Court Pick
Discussion: The Mahablog
Sotomayor: ‘Policy is made’ at Appeals Court
Discussion: Politics Daily
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Favorites of Left Don't Make Obama's Court List  —  The people on the president's short list are cut from molds similar to those of the two Clinton appointees.
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.
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Report: North Korea Test-Fires 2 More Missiles  —  North Korean Nuclear Blast Draws Global Condemnation  —  North Korea reportedly fired two more short-range missiles into waters off its east coast Tuesday, undeterred by the strong international condemnation that followed its detonation …
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Cracks Down on Corporate Bribes  —  The Justice Department is increasing its prosecutions of alleged acts of foreign bribery by U.S. corporations, forcing them to take costly steps to defend against scrutiny.  —  The crackdown under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Showdown Looms Over Use of Â'State Secrets' Privilege in Wiretapping Case
Discussion: The BLT, The Raw Story and The Page
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT: Did anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?  —  A tipster alerted me to an interesting assertion.  A cursory review by that person showed that many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors.
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