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12:35 AM ET, May 27, 2009


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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: MyDD and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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 Judge as ‘Inspiring’  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Tuesday that he would nominate Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals judge in New York, to the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents who was raised in a Bronx public housing project to become the nation's first Hispanic justice.
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Sotomayor Nomination  —  The hidden costs of presidential empathy.  —  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 …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Inhofe worries that Sotomayor may allow ‘undue influence from her own personal race, gender.’  —  Republican members of Congress have been trying to subtly raise questions about Sonia Sotomayor's objectivity — simply because of her non-traditional race, gender, and upbringing.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court overrules Michigan v. Jackson
Discussion: NPR Blogs and How Appealing
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Right divided over court fight
Discussion: PERRspectives
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   What SCOTUS pick says about Obama
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   Yoo on Sotomayor: No Threat to the Revolution
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Sotomayor's Rulings Are Exhaustive but Often Narrow
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
Discussion: TPMDC
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
SCOTUS appointee is a spender
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Newsweek Blogs
Jan Crawford / Legalities:
Becoming Nominee Sotomayor
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Ease Rules on Questioning
Discussion: ACS Blog
Fox News:
Sotomayor's Judicial Record Could Be Battlefield for Critics, Advocates
Discussion: Saberpoint
Associated Press:
Justices Ease Rules on Questioning
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 …
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Prop.  8 Challenge Filed in Federal Court  —  In a bold move that takes a new approach to achieving marriage equality, two attorneys who argued opposing sides of the 2000 Bush v. Gore lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court have filed a challenge to Proposition 8 in federal court, The Advocate has learned.
Discussion: Associated Press
Carol Williams / L.A. Now:
Bush vs. Gore rivals challenge Prop. 8 in federal court
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Law Dork, 2.0
Mercury News:   San Francisco police arrest 175 anti-Prop 8 protesters
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ted Olson goes to court on behalf of gay marriage
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge OKs release of secret recordings between Burris, Blagojevich's brother  —  A federal judge today authorized the release of audio tapes of secret wiretaps of conversations between U.S. Sen. Roland Burris and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother to a Senate ethics committee.
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:   Pay to play: Burris promised campaign check for Blago
Chicago Breaking News:   Burris taped offering a check to Blagojevich
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.
Discussion: theblogprof
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Liberated and Unhappy  —  American women are wealthier, healthier and better educated than they were 30 years ago.  They're more likely to work outside the home, and more likely to earn salaries comparable to men's when they do.  They can leave abusive marriages and sue sexist employers.
Montana town wants Gitmo detainees  —  HARDIN, Montana (CNN) — The tiny town of Hardin, Montana, is offering an answer to a very thorny question: Where should the nation put terror detainees if the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is shut down by the end of the year as President Obama has pledged?
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