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11:40 PM ET, May 28, 2009


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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Barnes: Sotomayor ‘benefited’ from affirmative action ‘tremendously.’  —  On MSNBC yesterday, Pat Buchanan repeatedly attacked Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an “affirmative action candidate,” echoing right-wing claims that she has “been the recipient of preferential treatment for most of her life.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Only Republicans Can Drive Latinos to the Democrats  —  The Democratic Strategist notes Bill Pascoe's CQ Politics article “Did Obama Just Use the Sotomayor Nomination To Lock in Florida?”  The piece notes that not only is Florida's Hispanic population large and growing …
Frank Newport / Gallup:   Positive Initial Reaction to Sotomayor Nomination
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE IS NO CAR-DEALER CONSPIRACY.... A whole lot of right-wing blogs are worked up today over a report about the political affiliations of Chrysler dealers who've been shut down. … Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), who has a dealership that will close, called this “an outrage.”
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Fox News Embraces Right-Wing Theory That Obama Is Forcing GOP-Owned Car Dealerships To Close  —  Citing a handful of right-wing bloggers yesterday afternoon, the Washington Examiner reported ominously, “Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted Chrysler dealers …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sestak: Not Even Obama Can Talk Me Out Of Challenging Specter  —  In another sign of his determination to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary, Joe Sestak just told me in an interview that not even a personal plea from President Obama himself could dissuade him from making the race.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Peter Principle  —  We hang together or hang separately. … All of us, every single person regardless of political persuasion who reads this, have a tendency to deny our friends and fellow travelers at times.  All of us.  —  Peter, under pressure and fear, denied Christ not just once, but three times.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Peter, Jesus, Rush
Margery A. Gibbs / Associated Press:
Senator Nelson becomes target of ad campaign
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Firedoglake
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Rings Up Cash Among the Stars  —  The president basked in the glow of his Hollywood supporters.  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The state budget may be severely overdrawn, but the California political A.T.M. seems to be working just fine.  —  President Obama arrived at a back-to-back fund-raising dinner …
Los Angeles Times:
President Obama touts early progress
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
William Branigin / Washington Post:
The Obama Presidency  —  President Obama touted his plans …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and The Foundry
Little Green Footballs:
Fox Nation Goes Nirther  —  At the Fox Nation website, unrestrained Nirth Certifikit insanity runs rampant in the comments for a video of Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs answering a question from a Nirther journalist (not sure who it is): Should Obama Release Birth Certificate?  Or Is This Old News?
Discussion: Hot Air
The New Majority:
OBAMA: BUYER'S REMORSE  —  Admittedly, I was one of the moderate conservatives who was wooed by Obama during his PR campaign to become the country's next president.  Sadly, even though I was still unsure of my vote until the week before the election, I know better now.
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics:
Nader Accuses McAuliffe of Suppressing Votes  —  Consumer activist Ralph Nader accused Terry McAuliffe Thursday of orchestrating an effort to remove him from the presidential ballot in 2004 when McAuliffe was chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  —  Nader said that McAuliffe offered …
Discussion: MyDD, Daily Kos, Salon, The Nation and Raw Story
Evidence mounts that recession may be ending  —  But the economy's bounce along the bottom may be a very bumpy ride  — staff and news service reports  —  The economy is throwing off signals that it may be bumping along the bottom, and the ride is likely to be rough.
Marc Lynch:
Why did Obama add Saudi Arabia to his itinerary?  —  The Arab media is buzzing today over the announcement that President Obama will travel to Riyadh before arriving in Cairo for his big address to the Islamic world.  Why the late addition to his itinerary?
Discussion: Blogs and Stories and Taylor Marsh
Carlos Watson / The Stimulist:
The 10 Most Powerful Political Daughters  —  For more from Carlos, check out “How the Prop 8 Ruling Will Help Gay Marriage” and “Torture Won't Be Solved on Cable News.”  —  Father's Day  —  is still a few weeks off, but in the loving world of politics—some daughters have already given generous gifts to Dad.
Discussion: MSNBC
Sarah Kershaw / New York Times:
For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?’  —  There is so much hugging at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, N.J., that students have broken down the hugs by type:  —  There is the basic friend hug, probably the most popular, and the bear hug, of course.
Matthew Parris / Times of London:
Please uncover your face.  It's our custom  —  Why are women's faces concealed in East London but not in Damascus?  —  Funny to return from Lebanon, Syria and Turkey - where women go unveiled - and return to Britain, the land of the full hijab.  I see more women with their faces covered in Tower Hamlets than I did in Damascus.
Hugh Hewitt /
A Conversation With Lawrence O'Donnell  —  Lawrence O'Donnell appears on my program at least yearly, and usually a memorable few exchanges result.  Yesterday's conversation was no exception.  I began with the transcript of Larry's exchange with Liz Cheney in hand, the one in which he had asserted about …
Discussion: Hot Air
James Warren / Atlantic Correspondents:
Shhhh.  Newspaper Publishers Are Quietly Holding a Very, Very Important Conclave Today.  Will You Soon Be Paying for Online Content?  —  Here's a story the newspaper industry's upper echelon apparently kept from its anxious newsrooms: A discreet Thursday meeting in Chicago about their future.
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially The Blacks And The Latinos  —  My former colleague Tim Padgett has an unfortunate and deeply problematic article on Sotamayor's effect on the relationship between blacks and Latinos, a subject that major media has never gotten a solid handle on, for reasons that are made clear in Padgett's lede:
Sara Olkon / Chicago Tribune:
‘Power’ move by male students ruffles U. of C.  —  University of Chicago student Steve Saltarelli is the president of an advocacy group on the University of Chicago campus called Men In Power.  He believes the group will bring awareness to mens issues.  (Chicago Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / May 20, 2009)
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
House Bill Aims to Strengthen Nation's Food Safety System
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush still pre-screening questions at speaking events.
Discussion: WSJV-TV
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Ald. Carothers, developer accused of corruption
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ari B. Bloomekatz / Los Angeles Times:
Fairfax High's prom queen is a guy
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