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1:40 PM ET, May 28, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
First GOP senator pledges vote against Sotomayor  —  Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) became the first senator Thursday to go on the record to say that he would vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.  —  While many Republicans have opted to keep their powder dry …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sotomayor's Thin Abortion Record Puts Dem Senators In A Bind
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:
Michelle Malkin:
Dealergate and the MSM  —  I talked about Dealergate on Fox and Friends this morning.  Will try and get the video clip up later today.  I made sure to credit bloggers Doug Ross and Joey Smith, who took the lead in probing the relationship between political considerations and Chrysler dealerships targeted …
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.”
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Balloon Juice
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab  —  President Obama left Tuesday for a two-day fundraising tour in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  The Democratic National Committee is expected to pick up part of the cost, but if history is any gauge, taxpayers will pick up most of the tab.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Be John Galt
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama to Hollywood: Without you, no Obama White House
Discussion: The Swamp, The Politico and Wonkette
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama in L.A.: ‘Confident,’ but ‘not yet content’
Discussion: The Foundry and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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: Wonkette and GOP 12
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Peter, Jesus, Rush  —  RedState's Erick Erickson takes the “no enemies to the right” principle to a biblical level:  —  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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Clueless O'Reilly Launches Uninformed Attack On Bloggers, Including ThinkProgress
Ezra Klein:
Is the Geithner Plan DOA?  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that the Public-Private Investment Program — better known as Geithner's Plan — might never live at all. … Given how much publicity — and controversy — Geithner's plan received when it was announced last March, that might seem a bit odd.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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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 …
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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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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 …
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.
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 Weasel Zippers
 
 
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