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1:25 AM ET, May 30, 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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The Huffington Post:
GOP Hispanic Strategists Stunned, Outraged By Sotomayor Attacks  —  Top-ranking Republican strategists who specialize in Hispanic outreach say they are outraged, disturbed and concerned by the type of reception Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court has received from conservative activists.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich Doubles Down On Sotomayor Racism Charge  —  Newt Gingrich grabbed cable news chatter all week after Twittering that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a “Latina woman racist.”  The ensuing controversy has not moderated his opposition.  —  Today, Renewing American Leadership …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Sessions ‘uneasy’ with Gingrich's ‘rhetoric’ against Sotomayor.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Fix
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Calls Rush, Newt, Conservative Activists “Idiots” …
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans, Let's Play Grown-Up
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Sotomayor: Obama's End Run on the Second Amendment
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE IT TO LIDDY.... And here I thought Tom Tancredo …
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 …
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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.
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 …
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: Sotomayor has conflicting images  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — There are two sides to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: a Latina from a blue-collar family and a wealthy member of America's power elite.  —  The White House portrays Sotomayor as a living image of the American dream …
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Tape Reveals Views on Ricci v. DeStefano Discrimination Case
Discussion: Salon
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Top Republican calls Limbaugh, Gingrich comments ‘terrible’
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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: Erick's blog and Hot Air
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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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
SONIA SOTOMAYOR: NATIONALIST.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Law Dork, 2.0
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.
Bobby Ghosh / Time:
After Waterboarding: How to Make Terrorists Talk?  —  Correction Appended: May 29, 2009  —  The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or “walling” and no waterboarding.  All it took to soften up Abu Jandal …
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Sgwhiteinfla / ATTACKERMAN:
I Guess “The Use Of Sugar Free Cookies Saved Lives” Just Didn't Sound Tough Enough
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
The Talk, and the Talk, and the Talk, of Austin  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — They call it chubbing, and while it sounds like a way to fatten pigs, it is actually a maneuver to slow business in the Legislature to a crawl — a filibuster of sorts, Texas-style.  —  For five pivotal days this week …
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.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration  —  Andrew McLaughlin, Google's head of global public policy, is leaving the company to join the Obama administration, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. McLaughlin's plans.  —  Mr. McLaughlin will be deputy chief technology officer …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson Starting “Right-Leaning” HuffPo  —  Because I just don't think you can see Jon Stewart smack down Tucker often enough.  Have I properly whetted your appetite for some serious mocking?  Because this is just laugh-out-loud funny: … *snicker* Oh...facts.
Discussion: The Other McCain
 
 
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