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3:50 PM ET, May 26, 2009


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: D-Day
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Sotomayor Was Appointed by a Republican President in '92  —  During his remarks this morning, President Obama pointed out that Sotomayor was appointed as a district court judge in 1992 by Republican George H. W. Bush.  But a friend on Capitol Hill notes this bipartisan talking-point is empty.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sonia Sotomayor's greatest hits
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Is Opposing Satomayor Anti-Hispanic?
The Plank:
The Sotomayor Nomination
Discussion: New York Times
David Brody / The Brody File:
Sotomayor's Abortion Related Ruling
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
How the White House Will Sell Sotomayor
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Newsweek Blogs
Kevin Russell / SCOTUSblog:
Sotomayor's Record: The Ricci Effect
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 …
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.
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
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Testy NoKos  —  There is all sorts of hand-wringing going on today …
The Huffington Post:
Petraeus Endorses Obama's Plans To Close GITMO, End Torture  —  General David Petraeus said this past weekend that President Obama's decision to close down Gitmo and end harsh interrogation techniques would benefit the United States in the broader war on terror.
The Huffington Post:
Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney For Torture Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: Raw Story
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Transcript: RFE/RL Interviews U.S. Central Command Chief, General David Petraeus
Discussion: Think Progress and Obsidian Wings
City Hall:
Weiner Will Not Run for Mayor  —  One-time frontrunner to skip race against Bloomberg  —  Confirming suspicions that have circulated since he informed supporters in April that he would be suspending his campaign, Rep. Anthony Weiner is ending his mayoral aspirations for 2009, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.
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 …
Discussion: DailyFinance
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Showdown Looms Over Use of Â'State Secrets' Privilege in Wiretapping Case
Discussion: Think Progress
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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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
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Oppose Closing Guantanamo Prison Camp
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Discussion: Shakesville
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Directorblue / Doug Ross:
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