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6:30 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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. …
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.
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich Doubles Down On Sotomayor Racism Charge
Discussion: Washington Monthly, MSNBC and TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE IT TO LIDDY.... And here I thought Tom Tancredo …
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Tape Reveals Views on Ricci v. DeStefano Discrimination Case
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Salon
Theresa Cook / Political Punch:
White House Says Judge Sotomayor Would 'Say Her Word Choice …
Discussion: Commentary and Washington Post
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Calls Rush, Newt, Conservative Activists “Idiots” …
NPR:
Senators Offer Competing Views Of Sotomayor
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 …
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
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.
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.
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Rolling Stone:
The Rolling Stone 2009 Hot List
Discussion: SWJ Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they do  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims — that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked — are wrong.
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: Gawker, Mashable! and Guardian
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gen. Petraeus: US violated Geneva Convention, the court of law could try terrorists: we made mistakes after 9/11: Close Gitmo  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOADS: (462)  —  PLAYS: (2947)  —  Gen. Petraeus joined FOX News …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and D-Day
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Gas on the Fire  —  Sen. John Cornyn's swipe at Gingrich …
Discussion: Democrats.com and D-Day
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Garrett Withdraws Nomination for Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: The Swamp and Boston Globe