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8:45 PM ET, May 29, 2009

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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
G. Gordon Liddy On Sotomayor: 'Let's Hope That The Key Conferences Aren't When She's Menstruating'  —  Yesterday on his radio show, conservative host G. Gordon Liddy continued the right wing's all-out assault on Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  First, just like Tom Tancredo, Liddy slammed Sotomayor's affiliation …
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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.
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.”
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
W.H. concedes Sotomayor misspoke  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sought to tamp down criticism over controversial comments Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made in 2001, regarding whether a Latino judge might render “better” rulings than a white judge, saying the judge …
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.
Media Matters for America:
Blown circuits: Rove levels attack on Sotomayor based on false claim that she and Alito were colleagues  —  SUMMARY: Karl Rove claimed that he “got wind of” allegations that Sonia Sotomayor “was combative, opinionated, argumentative” while reviewing the record of her “colleague on the court” Samuel Alito.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Forget Whether She Qualifies as a “Racist.”  Would Judge Sotomayor Qualifiy as a Juror?  —  In every trial — every single trial — judges solemnly instruct American citizens who are compelled to perform jury duty that they will have a sworn obligation to decide cases objectively — without fear or favor.
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. …
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich Doubles Down On Sotomayor Racism Charge
Discussion: MSNBC, Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Calls Rush, Newt, Conservative Activists “Idiots” …
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Tape Reveals Views on Ricci v. DeStefano Discrimination Case
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Salon
Jonathan Chait / The Plank:
Is the New York Times Printing Gossip?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE IT TO LIDDY.... And here I thought Tom Tancredo …
NBC Connecticut:
Sotomayor Ruled in “D-Bag Case”
Discussion: Overlawyered
Theresa Cook / Political Punch:
White House Says Judge Sotomayor Would 'Say Her Word Choice …
Discussion: The Note and Commentary
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!
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Mancow Muller / Big Hollywood:
Bored Bloggers Are All Wet  —  I am not a magician.  Many news cameras were there!  —  Obviously, it was on the radio and I wasn't in prison.  I'm also not a radicalized Muslim terrorist.  But it was not a hoax!  I repeat: NOT A HOAX.  —  We kept telling management, the insurance companies …
Michelle Malkin:
Lefty blogs punked by Mancow “torture” stunt(?); Updated  —  Last week, liberal blogs went ga-ga over radio talk show host Mancow's waterboarding stunt.  —  Matthew Yglesias wet his pants.  He featured Mancow's photo and the blaring headline: “Conservative Radio Host Has Himself Waterboard …
The Ninth Justice:
Sotomayor, As Student, Attacked Princeton As Anti-Latino  —  Princeton University was guilty of “an institutional pattern of discrimination” against Chicanos and Puerto Ricans, then-sophomore Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a letter published in the May 10, 1974 edition of the student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
SONIA SOTOMAYOR: NATIONALIST.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Law Dork, 2.0
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The AP's Sharon Theimer and her Sotomayor hatchet job
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In which the president discovers an American intelligence agency at Five Guys  —  On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, RedState and Hot Air
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush, Cheney split on Obama  —  Former President George W. Bush is sticking by his promise to leave President Barack Obama alone - prompting some second-guessing by allies of Vice President Dick Cheney, who is determined to confront the new president.  —  Bush has stuck to his memorable declaration …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Sgwhiteinfla / ATTACKERMAN:
I Guess “The Use Of Sugar Free Cookies Saved Lives” Just Didn't Sound Tough Enough  —  I think one of the problems with the torture debate that people normally don't correct is that the premise that torture works better or quicker than traditional interrogation techniques is a lie.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
Liberaltarians?  —  Building bridges on economics, foreign policy and civil liberties.  —  I recently attended a dinner with a group of prominent liberal and libertarian bloggers to see if there is a community of interest that might lead to closer cooperation on some issues.
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 …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
What DealerGate Says About the Conservative ‘Message’ Problem  —  Congratulations to Doug Ross and Joey Smith for aggressive research and reporting — the kind Matthew Yglesias says conservatives don't have the skills to do — on the scandal Michelle Malkin calls “DealerGate.”
 
 
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