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3:15 PM ET, May 29, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Republicans, Let's Play Grown-Up  —  Sotomayor's hearings are an opportunity for serious debate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “Let's play grown-up.”  When I was a child, that's what we said when we ran out of things to do like playing potsie or throwing rocks in the vacant lot.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Top Republican calls Limbaugh, Gingrich comments ‘terrible’  —  (CNN) — A top Senate Republican is taking aim at recent statements from conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich suggesting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a “racist.”
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Empathy Issue  —  The American legal system is based on a useful falsehood.  It's based on the falsehood that this is a nation of laws, not men; that in rendering decisions, disembodied, objective judges are able to put aside emotion and unruly passion and issue opinions on the basis of pure reason.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Steele: GOP Needs To Stop “Slammin' And Rammin'” On Sotomayor  —  RNC chair Michael Steele, guest-hosting on Bill Bennett's radio show early this morning, repeatedly distanced himself from Republicans and conservatives who have been harshly attacking Sonia Sotomayor, saying the assault risked damaging the party.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Republican Response to Sonia Sotomayor: Criticize, Then Confirm  —  Sonia Sotomayor has a classic American story.  So does Frank Ricci.  —  Ricci is a New Haven firefighter stationed seven blocks from where Sotomayor went to law school (Yale).  Raised in blue-collar Wallingford, Conn. …
National Journal Online:
Political Insiders Poll  —  Q: Would it be politically smart for Republicans to try to block the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor?  —  Democrats (92 votes)  —  Yes 8% No 89% Depends 3%  —  Yes  —  “It's their only way to appear relevant.
New York Times:
Sotomayor's Sharp Tongue Raises Issue of Temperament  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, has a blunt and even testy side, and it was on display in December at an argument before the full federal appeals court in New York.
Sen. John Cornyn / Senator_John_Cornyn's blog:
On the NRSC Endorsement  —  Thanks very much to Sen. Cornyn for his willingness to reach out to us on this issue.  — Erick  —  Two and a half years ago, the Republican Party suffered a major blow in the 2006 midterm elections as the Democrats regained control of Congress and began laying …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog, Hot Air and TPMDC
NPR:
Senators Offer Competing Views Of Sotomayor
Aaron Blake / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Cornyn criticizes Gingrich ... before Gingrich helps him raise money
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Swampland and TPMDC
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Netanyahu: “What the hell do they want from me?”  —  Last night, shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told journalists that the Obama administration “wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a confidante.
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Abbas's Waiting Game
The Cajun Boy / Gawker:
Did Erich ‘Mancow’ Muller Fake His Waterboarding for Publicity?  —  Yesterday we showed you video of Erich “Mancow” Muller, a Chicago-based right-wing shockjock, appearing as a guest on Keith Olbermann's show to discuss his being waterboarded.  He claimed it led to an ideological conversion!
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Career lawyers overruled on voting case  —  Black Panthers had wielded weapons, blocked polls  —  Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding …
Jules Crittenden:
HOT  —  Lady Gaga and Small Wars Journal.  Both hot.  But don't take my word for it.  Rolling Stone: … Yeah, well, anyone with a Y chromosome can see the chick with the Phyllis Diller fright wig and the bubble bikini is hot.  * Glad to see RS is getting hip to how hot Small Wars can be.
Discussion: American Power
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Rolling Stone:
The Rolling Stone 2009 Hot List
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Inflation Scare  —  Suddenly it seems as if everyone is talking about inflation.  Stern opinion pieces warn that hyperinflation is just around the corner.  And markets may be heeding these warnings: Interest rates on long-term government bonds are up, with fear of future inflation …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Levin Calls Cheney A Liar On Torture  —  Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) spoke last night at a dinner of the Foreign Policy Association, where he lambasted former Vice President Dick Cheney's speech last week for dishonestly claiming that the interrogation techniques he approved were not torture …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Levin: CIA Torture Documents Cheney Wants Don't Prove Squat
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bush: ‘The information we got saved lives’  —  BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney's assertion that their enhanced interrogation program was legal and garnered valuable information that prevented future terrorist attacks.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology  —  Wikioperating Thetan Level Zero  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned …
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker and Mashable!
NewsMax.com:
Inside Cover  —  Muslim Group Shuts Down Conservative Conference  —  The manager of a prominent Nashville hotel cancelled a contract with a conservative foundation to hold a conference this weekend on radical Islam, apparently after learning that the group would feature a keynote address …
World Tribune.com:
Administration blocks helicopters for Israel due to civilian casualties in Gaza  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has blocked Israel's request for advanced U.S.-origin attack helicopters.  —  Government sources said the administration has held up Israel's request for the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Garrett Withdraws Nomination for Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy  —  Tax Prof Elizabeth Garrett (USC) has withdrawn as President Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy.  From Bloomberg (Garrett Withdraws as Top Tax Official in Blow to Obama Agenda):
Discussion: TigerHawk
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Give Montana Girls a Chance  —  A reader vents: Derb — I've been hoping that someone might be bold enough to rain on the Sotomayor “compelling life story” parade.  The woman grew up in the capital of the world, went to two Ivy League schools, and was blessed by Providence …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Compares Favorably to Prior Presidents  —  Only three presidents since Eisenhower have had higher May ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — So far in May, Barack Obama has averaged 65% job approval.  Since World War II, only three of the previous eight presidents elected to their first terms …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Feds subpoena Rep. Visclosky's offices  —  Federal law enforcement officials have subpoenaed the congressional and campaign offices of Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) to get information about a former defense lobby firm raided by the FBI, according to Visclosky.
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air and Moe Lane
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
More Preferential Treatment?  —  Stuart Taylor digs up another example from Sotomayor's Princeton days: … I went to Princeton but somehow I never got to teach my own class, or grade my own work.  One wonders how Sotomayor judged her work in that class, and whether the grade helped or hindered her efforts to graduate with honors.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Patterico's new O'Reilly Factor fun  —  Yesterday, Bill O'Reilly offered a non-apology apology, as Glenn Reynolds put it, for smearing our site.  O'Reilly explained that he was forced into smearing us because we don't spend our entire day reading comments instead of writing …
Washington Post:
Europeans Say U.S. Should Take Some Guantanamo Bay Detainees  —  Reluctance Centers On U.S. Refusal to Also Admit Inmates  —  By Craig Whitlock and Karen DeYoung, Page A01  —  BERLIN, May 28 — The Obama administration's push to resettle at least 50 Guantanamo Bay prisoners in Europe …
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Taliban's Foreign Support Vexes U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. officials recently concluded that the Afghan Taliban may receive as much money from foreign donors as it does from opium sales, potentially hindering the Obama administration's strategy to rehabilitate Afghanistan by stopping the country's drug trade.
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Gas on the Fire  —  Sen. John Cornyn's swipe at Gingrich …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The AP's Sharon Theimer and her Sotomayor hatchet job
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Groups urge NBC to pull health care ad
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