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3:20 AM ET, May 29, 2009


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New York Times:
Sotomayor's Sharp Tongue Raises Issue of Temperament  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, has a blunt and even testy side, and it was on display in December at an argument before the full federal appeals court in New York.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. urged to address ‘racist’ charge  —  Some Democrats and political analysts are urging the White House to shift course and concede that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made an error when she suggested in 2001 that Hispanic women would make better judges than white men.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor Is A Member Of The ‘Latino KKK Without The Hoods Or The Nooses’  —  Seizing the opportunity to vilify a female, Hispanic Supreme Court nominee, noted bigot Tom Tancredo has emerged from obscurity to denounce Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  Earlier this week, Tancredo declared her to be a …
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.”
Discussion: Blogs and Stories
Senators Offer Competing Views Of Sotomayor  —  · Judge Sonia Sotomayor is expected to begin making courtesy visits next week to Senate leaders and members of the Judiciary Committee who will conduct hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court.  —  NPR talked with two committee members …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TRAIL BLAZERS
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Tancredo: Sotomayor Is Member Of “Latino KKK”  —  The right-wing fear-mongering against Sonia Sotomayor just keeps getting more and more comical.  The latest grievance is her membership in the National Council of La Raza, a large national organization that bills itself as …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
First GOP senator pledges vote against Sotomayor
Christina Hoag / NBC Los Angeles:
Kicking & Screaming: Journo Dragged From Near AF1  —  A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday.
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.”
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
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?
Associated Press:
Despite deal, bankruptcy for GM is ‘probable’  —  Government outlines plans for brief protection period; filing may be Monday  —  The government's new road map for General Motors would briefly send it into bankruptcy, erase most of its debt and eventually have it emerge leaner and stronger …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
New G.M. Plan Gets Support From Key Bondholders
Discussion: DealBook
Margery A. Gibbs / Associated Press:
Senator Nelson becomes target of ad campaign
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
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
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
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.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Clout St:
Burris says blame impeachment panel for their questions, not him for his answers  —  SPRINGFIELD—U.S. Sen. Roland Burris today said he shouldn't be blamed for any lack of candor while under oath earlier this year before a special Illinois House panel about his appointment to the seat …
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
A California constitutional convention  —  Despite what the pundits say, such a effort isn't the answer to the state's structural problems.  It would take too long, be complicated and controversial, and likely lead to a dead end.  —  Since the defeat of the budget initiatives on May 19 …
Discussion: Reason and Calitics
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Give Montana Girls a Chance  —  A reader vents: Derb — I've been hoping that someone might be bold enough to rain on the Sotomayor “compelling life story” parade.  The woman grew up in the capital of the world, went to two Ivy League schools, and was blessed by Providence …
Discussion: alicublog and Talking Points Memo
Pentagon denies report Iraq prison photos show rape  —  The Pentagon on Thursday denied a British newspaper report that photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse, whose release U.S. President Barack Obama wants to block, include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse.
UN-BROKE: What You Need To Know About Money  —  Schools teach us almost everything, but not “Money 101.”  For the basics on finance, turn to UN-BROKE: What You Need to Know About Money.  It's an unconventional look at the fundamentals of everyday finance with all the facts about credit cards …
New York Times:
U.S. Presses China for Tough Response to North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is pressing China to consider taking a variety of severe sanctions against North Korea, including the inspection of suspect ships and planes, as it tries to ratchet up the global response …
John Snell / Oregonian:
Aloha man calls 9-1-1 over botched fast-food order  —  ALOHA - For most folks it's not a dilemma.  Given a choice between “a day without sunshine” and a day without jail time, most people will skip the orange juice and stay out of jail.  —  But Raibin Raof Osman isn't most people.
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
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