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2:55 PM ET, May 27, 2009


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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Identity Justice  —  Responding to early 19th-century rumors that they drank excessively, the Supreme Court justices decided to drink nothing on conference days — unless it was raining.  At the next conference, Chief Justice John Marshall asked Joseph Story to scan the sky for signs of rain.
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Empathy’ Nominee  —  Is Sonia Sotomayor judically superior to ‘a white male’?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In making Sonia Sotomayor his first nominee for the Supreme Court yesterday, President Obama appears to have found the ideal match for his view that personal experience …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor ‘Appears To Be A Racist’  —  Last night on MSNBC, former Republican House member Tom Tancredo declared that Judge Sonia Sotomayor “appears to be a racist” and indicated she would only be confirmed because she's a Hispanic woman: … Tancredo also called Sotomayor …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Nominee's Rulings Are Exhaustive but Often Narrow  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial opinions are marked by diligence, depth and unflashy competence.  If they are not always a pleasure to read, they are usually models of modern judicial craftsmanship, which prizes careful attention …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Rove: Attending top schools doesn't mean that Sotomayor is smart, but it proves that Bush is.  —  During a debate at Radio City Music Hall last night, former Bush adviser Karl Rove claimed that Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor was “not necessarily” “very smart.”
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Was a Hispanic Justice on the Court in the '30s?  —  WASHINGTON — While most people may believe Sonia Sotomayor is poised to become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court, there has been a rich under-the-radar debate for years as to whether the court had already had a Hispanic justice.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Secretly Selling Sotomayor
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sonia Sotomayor and Identity Formation
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Justice Sam Alito on empathy and judging
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Matthew Yglesias
John Taylor / Financial Times:
Exploding debt threatens America  —  Standard and Poor's decision to downgrade its outlook for British sovereign debt from “stable” to “negative” should be a wake-up call for the US Congress and administration.  Let us hope they wake up.  —  Under President Barack Obama's budget plan, the federal debt is exploding.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look  —  Levy Viewed as Way to Reduce Deficits, Fund Health Reform  —  With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look …
John Waggoner / USA Today:
IRS tax revenue falls along with taxpayers' income
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
It Sticks in My Craw  —  Most e-mailers were with me on the post on the pronunciation of Judge Sotomayor's name (and a couple griped about the whole Latina/Latino thing — English dropped gender in nouns, what, 1,000 years ago?).  But a couple said we should just pronounce it the way the bearer …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Continue to Oppose Gay Marriage  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' views on same-sex marriage have essentially stayed the same in the past year, with a majority of 57% opposed to granting such marriages legal status and 40% in favor of doing so.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ted Olson goes to court on behalf of gay marriage  —  Former Bush administration solicitor general Theodore Olson is part of a team that has filed suit in federal court in California seeking to overturn Proposition 8 and re-establish the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Flashback: George H.W. Bush On Clarence Thomas' ‘Great Empathy’  —  Conservatives have curiously decided that one of the best ways to battle Obama's first Supreme Court nominee is by declaring a war on empathy.  When he described his criteria for selecting a replacement for Justice David Souter …
Heejin Koo / Bloomberg:
North Korea Threatens Armed Strike, End to Armistice  —  North Korea threatened military action in response to South Korea joining a program to seize weapons shipments, and said it's no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.  —  South Korea's actions are tantamount to a …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Threatens Military Strikes on South
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
AT&T May Have Swayed ‘Idol’ Results  —  LOS ANGELES — AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of “American Idol,” might have influenced the outcome of this year's competition by providing phones for free text-messaging services and lessons in casting blocks of votes at parties organized …
Discussion: Mashable! and DownWithTyranny!
Supervisor Asks Woman To Take Down American Flag  —  UPDATE: Hospital Says Woman May Re-Hang Flag (Read More Below)  —  MANSFIELD (CBS 11 News) ― Is it okay to show your patriotism at the office?  —  For one Arlington woman, the answer was “no” after she hung an American flag in her office just before the Memorial Day weekend.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Huckabee to endorse Rubio for Florida Senate seat  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has rolled out a succession of endorsements from national Republicans since announcing his entrance into the 2010 Senate race.  —  Now his Republican primary rival, former Florida House speaker Marco Rubio …
Mercury News:
Billions in new cuts loom for California — including eliminating welfare and closing most state parks  —  Faced with a ballooning deficit and a clear signal that voters won't pay more to fix it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a budget plan Tuesday that would eliminate welfare …
Discussion: Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A “'Heritage of the Left' of the Right”  —  The political system enters a period of infinite regress: … This seems pretty misguided to me.  In particular, DHE needs to think harder about the fact that there are already well-resourced conservative think tanks with plenty of capabilities.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Levin Takes Down Frum  —  A second guest post from Mark Levin.  Update: A disclaimer of my own for the hand wringing crowd.  If you read Frum's post on ML, linked below - he got very personal and very nasty.  In my opinion, Mark is responding in kind, though perhaps not as nastily, or bizarrely and based on facts, not suppositions.
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