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2:50 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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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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.”
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 …
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
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.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Clueless O'Reilly Launches Uninformed Attack On Bloggers, Including ThinkProgress
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Rings Up Cash Among the Stars  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The state budget may be severely overdrawn, but the California political A.T.M. seems to be working just fine.  —  President Obama arrived at a back-to-back fund-raising dinner and concert on Wednesday night and raised $4 million for the Democratic National Committee.
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Be John Galt
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama to Hollywood: Without you, no Obama White House
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Chicago Tribune:
Fundraising discussion was a ruse, Burris says  —  His intent was to ‘placate’ Blagojevich's brother, senator now contends  —  SPRINGFIELD — Beleaguered U.S. Sen. Roland Burris added another layer Wednesday to the evolving story of his appointment, saying he was only trying to “placate” …
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 …
Discussion: RedState
Ari B. Bloomekatz / Los Angeles Times:
Fairfax High's prom queen is a guy  —  Sergio Garcia, a gay student, beats out the female candidates.  His campaign started out as a bit of a stunt, but it ended up generating dialogue about gender roles on the L.A. campus.  —  Sergio Garcia stood in the gymnasium and told the senior class …
Discussion: L.A. Now and On Deadline
 
 
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