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8:40 PM ET, May 27, 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 …
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.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DISGRACED FORMER LAWMAKER REFUSES TO GO AWAY.... The lead story on CNN's political blog right now: … I see.  The disgraced former House Speaker, who hasn't served in public office for over a decade, and has no relevance or influence in the Senate at all, wants to see Judge Sotomayor withdraw.
Discussion: TPMDC and No More Mister Nice Blog
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
About That “Wise Latina” Statement  —  It's worth looking at the whole speech, and at least considering the statement in context: … I think we can immediately dispense with the crazies who think this statement should disqualify Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.
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.
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 …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor ‘Appears To Be A Racist’
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Did Sotomayor ‘Save Baseball’? George Will Takes Issue
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt: Sotomayor a ‘racist’
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Empathy’ Nominee  —  Is Sonia Sotomayor judically superior to ‘a white male’?
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Was a Hispanic Justice on the Court in the '30s?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
RNC's New Media Director Re-Tweets Claim That Sotomayor Is A Racist
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE.... One of the low points in the right's criticism of Obama during the presidential campaign came in October, when some conservatives started complaining about the Democrat's pronunciation of “Pakistan,” with a soft “a.”  —  The National Review's Mark Stein complained …
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
The College Politico:
Biden Makes Fun of Obama for Teleprompter Use; UPDATE: Video Added
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Biden's jab  —  The Veep gives some juice to what is not the …
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.
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 …
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.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Inside America's (Mock) Attack on North Korea  —  Even the hawks say there's not much America can do, in response to North Korea's nuclear test.  But that doesn't mean the U.S. military isn't prepping for a war with the Kim Jong-Il regime, just in case.  —  In March, American …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Guardian
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.
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 …
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 …
Hugh Hewitt /
President Obama Tries To Play “Rope-the-Dopes” With Judge Sotomayor  —  Michael Barone has his usual excellent take on the nomination of Judge Sotomayor.  Key conclusion: “[S]she clearly meets the minimal standards for the job.  Republicans are unlikely to prevent her confirmation.”
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: Blue Crab Boulevard and Don Surber
Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
THE COST CONUNDRUM  —  What a Texas town can teach us about health care.  —  It is spring in McAllen, Texas.  The morning sun is warm.  The streets are lined with palm trees and pickup trucks.  McAllen is in Hidalgo County, which has the lowest household income in the country …
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