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11:55 AM ET, May 28, 2009

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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.
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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.
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Sonia Sotomayor ‘La Raza member’  —  American Bar Association lists Obama choice as part of group  —  As President Obama's Supreme Court nominee comes under heavy fire for allegedly being a “racist,” Judge Sonia Sotomayor is listed as a member of the National Council of La Raza …
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.
Discussion: TPMDC and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Swamp
Gorman Gorman / The Note:
The Note, 5/28/2009: Supreme Confidence—Rumblings on the left, but White House isn't shaking  —  How about bottling some of that SCOTUS magic?  —  One thing to remember about the stellar White House rollout of Judge Sonia Sotomayor: It's easier to define the terms of a debate when no one else can really work up their own version.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sotomayor ‘fight’ could fizzle
Kevin Bohn / CNN:   Prepping Sotomayor for hearings: Get your game face on
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House tries to prove Sotomayor's smarts
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 …
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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.
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: Washington Post and PrairiePundit
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
S. Koreans Express Fatigue With a Recalcitrant North
Discussion: PrairiePundit and The Takeaway
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.
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
EXCLUSIVE: Sestak Intends To Run For Senate
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.
Discussion: Wizbang and Don Surber
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Kathleen M. Howley / Bloomberg:
Mortgage Delinquencies, Foreclosures, 30-Year Rates Increase  —  Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures rose to records in the first quarter and home-loan rates jumped to the highest since March as the government's effort to revive the housing market lost momentum.
Discussion: Clusterstock and PoliPundit.com
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Single-Regulator Plan for Banks Now Close  —  WASHINGTON — Top Obama administration officials are close to recommending that Congress create a single regulator to oversee the entire banking sector, people familiar with the matter said, a departure from the hodgepodge of federal agencies …
Discussion: ProPublica
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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 …
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel guilty for collapse of truce’  —  Article's topics: Amnesty, Operation Cast Lead, Hamas, Cease Fire  —  In its 2009 annual report, formally released on Thursday, Amnesty International places sole blame on Israel for the breakdown in the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that led to Operation Cast Lead.
catholicnewsagency.com:
Kmiec proposes end of legally recognized marriage  —  Washington D.C., May 28, 2009 / 04:41 am (CNA).- Doug Kmiec, a prominent Catholic who backed Barack Obama's presidential bid, has endorsed replacing marriage with a neutral “civil license,” a proposal law professor Robert P. George called a …
 
 
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Group Aims to Block D.C. Marriage Bill
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
James Warren / Atlantic Correspondents:
Shhhh.  Newspaper publishers are quietly holding a very …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Peter Principle  —  We hang together or hang separately.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Jill Richardson / La Vida Locavore:
This Is It Guys! We Have a Food Safety Bill!
Discussion: Firedoglake and GastroNomalies
Edward M. Kennedy / Boston Globe:
Health bill would fix what's broken
Discussion: First Draft
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
 Earlier Items: 
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Emanuel Pushes Obama Plan to Lawmakers From Gyms to Restaurants
Discussion: The Swamp
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Left Out of D-Day Events, Queen Elizabeth Is Fuming
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Peter Baker / New York Times:
It's Not About Bill  —  Bill Clinton loves to shop.