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9:25 AM ET, May 28, 2009

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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.
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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 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sotomayor's take-no-guff demeanor could alter court dynamics  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor can be blunt, aggressive and impatient.  So get ready for another public debate, and probably some insinuations, about her judicial temperament.  —  Twenty-two years ago …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
‘Empathy’ Is Code for Judicial Activism  —  What damage did Democrats suffer when they attacked Miguel Estrada?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Both President Barack Obama and Republicans get something they want from the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Comedy hour at the White House?  —  The United States is facing its biggest financial crisis in ages.  North Korea is blowing up nukes.  Dick Cheney warns us of the “dangers that have not gone away.”  And there are still wars raging in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Positive Initial Reaction to Sotomayor Nomination
Discussion: The Swamp
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House tries to prove Sotomayor's smarts
Discussion: Bench Memos and Commentary
Daniel Hemel / Forbes:
Is Sotomayor Really Anti-Business?
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Limbaugh slams Sotomayor: ‘Reverse racist’
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Supreme Court Kabuki Watch
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Dealergate: Stats demonstrate that Chrysler Dealers likely shuttered on a partisan basis … How did the U.S. government's “car czar” decide which Chrysler dealers to close and which would remain open?  No one appears to know, not even the President of Chrysler:
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Furor grows over partisan car dealer closings  —  Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans.  What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere …
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.
Telegraph:
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 …
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.
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:   Review of Government Secrecy Ordered
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Inside America's (Mock) Attack on North Korea
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.
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.
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Left Out of D-Day Events, Queen Elizabeth Is Fuming  —  LONDON — Queen Elizabeth is not amused.  —  Indeed, she is decidedly displeased, angry even, that she was not invited to join President Obama and France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy, next week at commemorations of the 65th anniversary …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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
 
 
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