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11:35 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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Bohn / CNN:   Prepping Sotomayor for hearings
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Positive Initial Reaction to Sotomayor Nomination
Discussion: The Swamp
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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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:
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
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.
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.
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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.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Bond Vigilantes  —  The disciplinarians of U.S. policy makers return.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Wizbang
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
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Jill Richardson / La Vida Locavore:
This Is It Guys!  We Have a Food Safety Bill!  —  Henry Waxman has posted a draft of a brand new food safety bill - the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009.  It has not been introduced yet, but it will be soon.  THIS is the bill that will ultimately move forward in the House.  Here are some highlights:
Discussion: Firedoglake and GastroNomalies
 
 
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James Warren / Atlantic Correspondents:
Shhhh.  Newspaper publishers are quietly holding a very …
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
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Review of Government Secrecy Ordered
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Emanuel Pushes Obama Plan to Lawmakers From Gyms to Restaurants
Discussion: The Swamp