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9:10 AM ET, May 28, 2009


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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich: Sotomayor ‘racist,’ should withdraw nomination  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rush Limbaugh isn't the only one calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist.  Newt Gingrich is, too — and he's demanding that Obama's pick to the Supreme Court withdraw her nomination.  —  On Twitter, Gingrich pointed …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sotomayor ‘fight’ could fizzle  —  Top Senate Republican strategists tell POLITICO that, barring unknown facts about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the GOP plans no scorched-earth opposition to her confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.  —  More than 24 hours after the White House unveiling …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
On Sotomayor, Some Abortion Rights Backers Are Uneasy  —  WASHINGTON — In nearly 11 years as a federal appeals court judge, President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, has never directly ruled on whether the Constitution protects a woman's right to an abortion.
I was wrong about Sotomayor speech  —  The NYT has a link to the entire speech in which she made the comment about the “wise Latina” reaching a “better” verdict than “a white male who hasn't lived that life.”  I'm still a bit troubled by the remark, but not in any important way.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House tries to prove Sotomayor's smarts
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Limbaugh slams Sotomayor: ‘Reverse racist’
Daniel Hemel / Forbes:
Is Sotomayor Really Anti-Business?
Wendy Kaminer / Atlantic Correspondents:
Sotomayor and Sisterhood
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Supreme Court Kabuki Watch
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Reilly smears Hot Air  —  Ah, there's nothing like yanking a comment out of context and using it to smear the entire site, even though neither Ed nor I have ever referred to Obama as “Hussein.”  Bonus points to O'R for referring to the comment in question as a “blog posting” even though it's anything but.
Abu Ghraib abuse photos ‘show rape’  —  Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse, it has emerged.  —  At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
EXCLUSIVE: Sestak Intends To Run For Senate  —  Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is privately telling supporters that he intends to run for Senate, TPMDC has confirmed.  —  “He intends to get in the race,” says Meg Infantino, the Congressman's sister, who works at Sestak for Congress.
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Biden talks Irish poetry, gets in a dig at Obama's teleprompters at Air Force Academy  —  On Tuesday, he did the economic recovery thing, touting the environmentally friendly jobs that President Obama's $787-billion stimulus package is creating.  —  Then, as the Ticket reported Tuesday …
Discussion: The Swamp and Associated Press
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Biden's jab  —  The Veep gives some juice to what is not the …
Patti Domm / Market Insider Blog:
New Investor Worry: Treasury Selloff Spiking Interest Rates  —  The stock market is watching the bond market, wary a spike in interest rates will derail a fragile economic recovery and snuff the market's rally.  —  Stocks tumbled Wednesday, but the real drama was in Treasurys and mortgages.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
National security adviser downplays N. Korea threat  —  President Obama's national security adviser on Wednesday said that North Korea's recent nuclear detonation and missile tests are not “an imminent threat” to the safety and security of the United States.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Inside America's (Mock) Attack on North Korea
Peter Baker / New York Times:
It's Not About Bill  —  Bill Clinton loves to shop.  On a March day in an elegant crafts store in Lima, the Peruvian capital, he hunted for presents for his wife and the women on his staff back home.  He had given a speech at a university earlier and just came from a ceremony kicking off a program to help impoverished Peruvians.
Paul Krugman:
A note on identity politics  —  The attacks on Sonia Sotomayor are getting crazier by the minute.  The pronunciation of her name is unnatural.  Her fondness for Puerto Rican cuisine — sorry, her “claimed” fondness (you never know) — may cloud her impartiality.  She doesn't have enough money in her retirement account.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Bush v. Gore Foes Join to Fight Gay Marriage Ban  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The David and Ted show is back in business.  —  Eight and a half years after their epic partisan battle over the fate of the 2000 presidential election, the lawyers David Boies and Theodore B. Olson appeared on the same team …
Mike Boehm / Los Angeles Times:
Photos show President Barack Obama as Barry the freshman  —  Lisa Jack took pictures of the future president when he was an Occidental College student.  —  A public that wants to know everything about Barack Obama can thank Lisa Jack for a glimpse of what the future president …
Washington Post:
U.S. Weighs Single Agency to Regulate Banking Industry  —  Senior administration officials are considering the creation of a single agency to regulate the banking industry, replacing a patchwork of agencies that failed to prevent banks from falling into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, sources said.
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
FBI planning a bigger role in terrorism fight  —  Bureau agents will gather evidence to ensure that criminal prosecutions of alleged terrorists are an option.  The move is a reversal of the Bush administration's emphasis on covert CIA actions.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Right Wing News and The BLT
Wall Street Journal:
Plan to Buy Banks' Bad Loans Founders  —  WASHINGTON — A government program designed to rid banks of bad loans, part of a broader effort once viewed as central to tackling the financial crisis, is stalling and may soon be put on hold, according to people familiar with the matter.
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