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7:40 PM ET, May 28, 2009

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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.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Positive Initial Reaction to Sotomayor Nomination  —  Americans believe intellect, experience most important in Obama's choice  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' first reactions to the news of President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court are decidedly …
Rasmussen Reports:
87% Expect Sotomayor Will Be Confirmed, 45% Say She Should Be  —  Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters nationwide believe Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.  That figure includes 59% who believe her confirmation is Very Likely.
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 …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
‘Empathy’ Is Code for Judicial Activism
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.”
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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 …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Fox News Embraces Right-Wing Theory That Obama Is Forcing GOP …
Discussion: Hot Air and .. …
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.
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 …
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Reuters:
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Truthdig and At-Largely
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Peter, Jesus, Rush
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Quinnipiac University:
Specter Tops Toomey By 9 Pts.  In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; New Democratic Senator Has Big Primary Lead  —  Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the likely Republican challenger in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race, has gained some ground and now trails newly-converted Democratic …
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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.
The Huffington Post:
Nelson Now Open To Public Health Care, Baucus Will Fight For It  —  The push to include a public health care option as part of a system-wide overhaul benefited from two major boosts Wednesday.  Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Finance Committee and lead health care negotiator …
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Margery A. Gibbs / Associated Press:
Senator Nelson becomes target of ad campaign
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Jack Healy / New York Times:
More Homeowners Facing Foreclosure  —  More homeowners than ever before are falling behind on their mortgage payments and sliding into foreclosure, according to figures released on Thursday, a sign that the country's housing crisis is spreading through the ranks of previously stable borrowers.
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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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: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Eye on 2010:
This Democrat Is Itching To Run Against Sarah Palin for Governor  —  The Alaska Democrat who almost toppled Rep. Don Young last year is gearing up for another statewide race — against Gov. Sarah Palin, if she chooses to run for re-election.  —  “My sights are now on the governor's race,” …
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Costs of dismissed Palin ethics complaints pile up
Discussion: Washington Wire
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
Gov. Crist signs $66.5 billion budget, breaks tax pledge  —  TALLAHASSEE — Breaking a pledge against raising taxes, Gov. Charlie Crist signed Florida's $66.5 billion budget into law Wednesday and barely used his veto pen.  —  Crist vetoed only two items: a small pay cut for some state workers …
Azi Paybarah / Politicker NY:
Bloomberg, Term Limits, and the State of the Economy  —  At a press conference in Queens this morning, Michael Bloomberg announced the city is getting $32 million in federal stimulus funds for job training.  At the event, Bloomberg struck an optimistic note about the economy, saying …
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.
Discussion: normblog and Fausta's Blog
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.
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
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 …
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.
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
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
 
 
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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Dodd to air first TV ad in 2010 re-election bid
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TFN / Texas Freedom Network:
Senate Takes Up McLeroy Nomination!
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially The Blacks And The Latinos
Sara Olkon / Chicago Tribune:
‘Power’ move by male students ruffles U. of C.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush still pre-screening questions at speaking events.
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Chicago Breaking News:
Ald. Carothers, developer accused of corruption
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Virginia DMV Bans Smiles in Driver's License Photos
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Politics Daily
Mark Hemingway / National Review:
Speaking Bluntly  —  On Tuesday, Senate majority leader Harry …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Moe Lane
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Tucker Carlson Plans a Huffington Post Rival
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