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10:00 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Prairie Weather and Hot Air
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich: Sotomayor ‘racist,’ should withdraw nomination
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Positive Initial Reaction to Sotomayor Nomination
Discussion: The Swamp
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Sonia Sotomayor Is No Leftist Supreme Court Nominee
Discussion: The Note, USA Today and Political Punch
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House tries to prove Sotomayor's smarts
Daniel Hemel / Forbes:
Is Sotomayor Really Anti-Business?
Richard Thompson Ford / Slate:
Sonia Sotomayor rejected the New Haven firefighters' claim …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Wendy Kaminer / Atlantic Correspondents:
Sotomayor and Sisterhood
Discussion: Townhall.com
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Limbaugh slams Sotomayor: ‘Reverse racist’
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea and U.S. Raise Alert Level
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:   Review of Government Secrecy Ordered
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Inside America's (Mock) Attack on North Korea
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Audra Ang / Associated Press:
Pelosi appeals for China's help on climate change  —  BEIJING (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Beijing on Thursday to cooperate on climate change, calling a safe environment a basic human right.  —  Speaking at Beijing's elite Tsinghua University, Pelosi continued the theme …
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 …
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
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Biden's jab  —  The Veep gives some juice to what is not the …
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Monte Morin / L.A. Now:
Gay rights demonstrators call on Obama to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: #gay and Joe. My. God.
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Stimulus projects bypass hard-hit states
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
An Ill-Kept Secret: The Site of Obama's Egypt Speech
Discussion: Commentary and Gateway Pundit
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Emanuel Pushes Obama Plan to Lawmakers From Gyms to Restaurants
Discussion: The Swamp, Reuters and Washington Post
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Said to Plan Strict Gas Mileage Rules
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Mike Boehm / Los Angeles Times:
Photos show President Barack Obama as Barry the freshman