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1:15 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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor'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 …
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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sonia Sotomayor and Identity Formation
Carol Williams / L.A. Now:
Bush vs. Gore rivals challenge Prop. 8 in federal court  —  Two prominent attorneys who argued on opposite sides of Bush vs. Gore, the legal battle over the 2000 presidential election, announced Tuesday that they will challenge Proposition 8 in federal court and seek to restore gay marriage until the case is decided.
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.
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Prop. 8 Challenge Filed in Federal Court
Discussion: Salon and The Bilerico Project
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 …
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.
John Waggoner / USA Today:
IRS tax revenue falls along with taxpayers' income
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Right Wing News
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Holder pressed for answers on Murtha project  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is pressing for new answers about funding for a counter-narcotics center that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has supported for more than two decades.  —  Coburn sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder late …
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 …
First Amendment Rights Trampled by Pittsburgh College after Student Advocates for Concealed Carry of Firearms on Campus  —  A student who wants to form a gun-rights group at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been threatened with disciplinary action for her efforts.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Chicago Breaking News:
Burris on tape offering a check for Blagojevich  —  A transcript of a secretly recorded phone call between the brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was released in federal court today, a call in which Burris, then seeking the Senate seat, was recorded offering the Blagojevich campaign a campaign check.
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HEALTH CARE VS. HEALTH SCARE.... As the debate over health care …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Treatment
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Spy Fired Shot That Changed West Germany
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Des Moines Register:
Guest column: Democracy or hypocrisy for Grassley?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and MyDD
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA Briefers Regularly Mislead Hill Intelligence Panels, Ex-Spy Charges
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Timothy McNulty / Early Returns:
Dem opponent for Murtha
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Does Zakaria Misinterpret Iranian Intentions?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Obama, Power Line and GK Chesterton
Obama's Transportation Secretary Says He Wants to ‘Coerce People Out of Their Cars’
Discussion: HazZzMat
Montana town wants Gitmo detainees