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7:00 PM ET, May 26, 2009


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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Hails Sotomayor as ‘Inspiring’  —  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.
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.
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 …
John Yoo / The Enterprise Blog:
Empathy Triumphs Over Excellence  —  President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor shows that empathy has won out over excellence in the White House.  Sotomayor has sterling credentials: Princeton, Yale Law School, former prosecutor, and federal trial and appellate judge.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Conservatives Blast Obama's Hispanic SCOTUS Nominee As ‘Not The Smartest’ And An ‘Intellectual Lightweight’  —  When the media began floating Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a possible Supreme Court nominee, one of the first comprehensive articles to come out was a piece by Jeffrey Rosen in The New Republic.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Rush Limbaugh on Sonia Sotomayor Nomination  —  Do you think we should go to the mat stopping Sotomayor?  Do you think we oughta go to the wall to oppose her?  And I said absolutely we should.  Once again, an opportunity to draw the distinct contrast that exists today between conservatives …
Discussion: Salon, Fox News and Taylor Marsh
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Sotomayor Nomination  —  In a previous Forbes column, I decried President Barack Obama's insistence that empathy would weigh heavily in the scales when it came to his next Supreme Court nominee.  And reading the arguments that were put forth to justify the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor …
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 …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Sotomayor Pick: I am not yet sure what position to take on President Obama's selection of Sonia Sotomayor.  My general sense is that she is very liberal, and thus likely to take what I consider to be mistaken positions on many major constitutional law issues.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Sotomayor Was Appointed by a Republican President in '92
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sonia Sotomayor's greatest hits
Discussion: Commentary
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Is Opposing Satomayor Anti-Hispanic?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Republicans Weigh Risks of a Supreme Court Battle
Discussion: Washington Monthly and 24Ahead
GOP Must Go to Mat on Sotomayor to Tell Real Story of Barack Obama
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Walter Olson / Forbes:
Obama's ‘Wise Latina’
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: On Sotomayor, the Supreme Court and Policy
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Business Week:   Sotomayor: A Moderate on Business Issues
David Brody / The Brody File:   Sotomayor's Abortion Related Ruling
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 …
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 …
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.
Daniel W. Drezner:
The best possible response to the North Korean nuclear test  —  I think the Obama administration has come up with a novel way of dealing with the North Koreans — get everyone to talk about something else.  —  Half-seriously, this is not a bad idea, because I'm not sure that anything else …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Tucker Carlson to launch right-leaning HuffPo alternative  —  Pundit Tucker Carlson publicly announced Tuesday that a right-leaning news site resembling the Huffington Post he's been planning will go live within weeks.  —  Carlson will launch, which he said would focus …
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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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Commentary
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Discussion: Clusterstock
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The Huffington Post:
Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney For Torture Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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