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4:15 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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Will Race Discrimination Ruling Burn Sonia Sotomayor?  —  Supreme Court Pick Criticized for Opinion in White, Hispanic Firefighters' Race Bias Case  —  It wasn't a traditional discrimination case, and now conservatives are citing Sonia Sotomayor's ruling in the case in their pushback against the Supreme Court nominee.
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
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Prepping Sotomayor for hearings: Get your game face on
Discussion: Moe Lane and Opinion L.A.
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 …
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 …
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
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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Phil Kerpen / Fox News:
Specter's GOP Challenger Gains Ground, Poll Shows
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
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Costs of dismissed Palin ethics complaints pile up  —  Personnel board member says tab is “close to about a third of a million dollars.”  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  The Alaska Personnel Board, clearly frustrated with the pile of ethics complaints filed against Gov. Sarah Palin, wants to publicize the cost of dealing with them.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Eye on 2010:   This Democrat Is Itching To Run Against Sarah Palin for Governor
Bill Araiza / PrawfsBlawg:
“Federal Court?  Wow.  Never Thought of That.”  —  The above quote, from Matt Coles, Director of the ACLU's LGBT Project, appears in the New York Times article reporting on the Ted Olson David Boies lawsuit challenging Prop. 8 in federal court.  (Ethan blogged about this lawsuit yesterday.)
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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 …
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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Ald.  Carothers, developer accused of corruption  —  Ald.  Isaac Carothers (29th), a staunch ally of Mayor Richard Daley, was indicted today on charges he accepted about $40,000 in improvements to his residence as well as meals and tickets to sporting events in exchange for backing a major project by a developer.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
 
 
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