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5:00 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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and David Corn
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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.
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.
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
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 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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and BuzzFlash.org
CNN:
Sotomayor on high court pick: ‘Most humbling honor’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  If confirmed, Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice and the third woman to serve on the high court.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sonia Sotomayor's greatest hits
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Is Opposing Satomayor Anti-Hispanic?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
David Brody / The Brody File:
Sotomayor's Abortion Related Ruling
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Republicans Weigh Risks of a Supreme Court Battle
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Discussion: The White House
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Current Senators Voted 35-11 to Confirm Sotomayor in 1998
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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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: Michelle Malkin
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.
Forbes:
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney For Torture Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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