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11:55 AM 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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sonia Sotomayor and Identity Formation
John Yoo / The Enterprise Blog:
Empathy Triumphs Over Excellence
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Sotomayor reversed 60% by high court
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.
Chicago Tribune:
‘God knows ... I wanna help Rod’  —  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich introduces former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, left, to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate as they meet with reporters at the James R. Thompson Center.  (Phil Velasquez / Tribune / December 30, 2008)
Discussion: New York Magazine
Chicago Breaking News:
Burris: Recording exonerates me
Discussion: On Deadline
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Burris ‘torn’ over helping Ill. gov
Discussion: Progress Illinois
New York Times:
Burris-Blagojevich Ties Come to Life in Transcript
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: The Volokh Conspiracy
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.
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Expected to Own 70% of Restructured G.M.  —  DETROIT — In better times, many employees of General Motors called their company “Generous Motors” because of its rich benefits.  —  Now G.M. may stand for something else: Government Motors.  —  The latest plan for the troubled automaker …
Dennis Buchholtz / Wall Street Journal:
GM Bondholders Are People Like You and Me
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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.
Anthony Weiner / New York Times:
Why I'm Not Running for Mayor  —  I WAS the kind of New York kid who played stickball in the street, made pocket change working at the local bagel store and handed out leaflets on Election Day.  I loved New York.  I couldn't imagine why people would live anywhere else.
John Waggoner / USA Today:
IRS tax revenue falls along with taxpayers' income  —  Federal tax revenue plunged $138 billion, or 34%, in April vs. a year ago — the biggest April drop since 1981, a study released Tuesday by the American Institute for Economic Research says.  —  When the economy slumps, so does tax revenue …
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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
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Holder pressed for answers on Murtha project
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Democrats' Inside Man Steps Into Spotlight
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
LAS VEGAS FUNDRAISER: Obama plays up Reid
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs, Las Vegas Sun and MSNBC
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Spy Fired Shot That Changed West Germany
Des Moines Register:
Guest column: Democracy or hypocrisy for Grassley?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and MyDD
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Does Zakaria Misinterpret Iranian Intentions?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Richard Fernandez / Pajamas Media:
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
Discussion: The Reaction, RedState and The Plank