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2:15 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 …
Sotomayor nominated for Supreme Court  —  President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Obama picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court  —  'She's faced down barriers...and lived out the American dream'  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as “an inspiring woman” …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
How the White House Will Sell Sotomayor
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Donklephant
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Sotomayor Was Appointed by a Republican President in '92
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House Armed With Talking Points For Sotomayor Fight—Evoke Her ‘Empathy’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Pick, From The Start
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First thoughts: It's Sotomayor
Obama Nominates Sonia Sotomayor For Supreme Court
Discussion: USA Today and
Kevin Russell / SCOTUSblog:   Sotomayor's Record: The Ricci Effect
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: On Sotomayor, the Supreme Court and Policy
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 …
The White House:
Judge Sonia Sotomayor
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Prop 8 Decision: What to Expect from the California Supreme Court
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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.
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.
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