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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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Calls Rush, Newt, Conservative Activists “Idiots” …
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich Doubles Down On Sotomayor Racism Charge
Discussion: Washington Monthly and MSNBC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE IT TO LIDDY.... And here I thought Tom Tancredo …
Jonathan Chait / The Plank:
Is the New York Times Printing Gossip?
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Tape Reveals Views on Ricci v. DeStefano Discrimination Case
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Salon
NBC Connecticut:
Sotomayor Ruled in “D-Bag Case”
Discussion: Overlawyered
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 …
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Bookworm Room
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The AP's Sharon Theimer and her Sotomayor hatchet job
Discussion: TalkLeft
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
SONIA SOTOMAYOR: NATIONALIST.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Law Dork, 2.0
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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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.
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 …
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 and FP Passport
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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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
The White House reality show?  —  When President Barack Obama is in town, the door that leads to the corridor of the Oval Office is closed and comings and goings are closely monitored by watchful eyes.  —  But Friday, the West Wing door was held open by a matching door stop and camera crews …
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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.
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
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 …
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.
Balkinization:
Impartiality and Empathy  —  Michael Gerson unwittingly reveals the problem of the distinction between impartiality and empathy that Sotomayor's opponents are trying to maintain.  Gerson, like Charles Krauthammer, argues that the law should be applied as it is, impartially …
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.
 
 
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