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10:25 AM ET, May 29, 2009

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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.
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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.”
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.
Discussion: MSNBC
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Barnes: Sotomayor ‘benefited’ from affirmative action ‘tremendously.’  —  On MSNBC yesterday, Pat Buchanan repeatedly attacked Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an “affirmative action candidate,” echoing right-wing claims that she has “been the recipient of preferential treatment for most of her life.”
NPR:
Senators Offer Competing Views Of Sotomayor  —  · Judge Sonia Sotomayor is expected to begin making courtesy visits next week to Senate leaders and members of the Judiciary Committee who will conduct hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court.  —  NPR talked with two committee members …
NBC Connecticut:
Sotomayor Ruled in “D-Bag Case”
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Wall Street Journal:
The Sotomayor Rules
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall.com
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. urged to address ‘racist’ charge
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor Is A Member Of The ‘Latino KKK Without The Hoods Or The Nooses’
CNN:
‘Latina woman’ remark may dominate hearings
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Interrogations saved U.S. lives, Bush says  —  BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (CNN) — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney's assertion that the administration's enhanced interrogation program, which included controversial techniques such as waterboarding …
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
In Michigan, Bush talks of war, economy
Discussion: MLive.com, The Swamp and On Deadline
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The Huffington Post:
Brenda Lee, Reporter, Dragged Kicking And Screaming From Near Air Force One  —  LOS ANGELES — A writer for a small Georgia newspaper who wanted to give President Barack Obama a letter was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One on Thursday shortly before he arrived at the airport.
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
Calls for war crimes inquiry over 20,000 civilian deaths in Sri Lanka  —  Sri Lanka faced new calls for a war crimes inquiry today after an investigation by The Times revealed that more than 20,000 civilians were killed - mostly by the army - in the latter stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers.
Discussion: Guardian
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Reilly apologizes to Hot Air, sort of  —  Yes, he concedes, the quote last night should have been specifically attributed to a commenter, not to the site itself — but that's what we get for letting stuff like that be posted, now isn't it?  Do a better job of moderating comments and we won't have this problem.
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Little Green Footballs:   Fox Nation Goes Nirther
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 …
New York Times:
Nominee's Links With Advocates Fuel Her Critics  —  In the 1980s, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund sued the New York City Police Department, claiming that its promotion exams discriminated against Latinos and African-Americans.  —  The fund, one of the advocacy groups …
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 …
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Leap in U.S. debt hits taxpayers with 12% more red ink  —  Taxpayers are on the hook for an extra $55,000 a household to cover rising federal commitments made just in the past year for retirement benefits, the national debt and other government promises, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Inflating the Guantánamo Threat  —  ABDULLAH GHULAM RASOUL and Said Ali al-Shihri may be the two best arguments for why releasing detainees from Guantánamo Bay poses a real risk to America.  Mr. Rasoul, who was transferred to Afghanistan in 2007 and then released by the Kabul government …
 
 
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Discussion: Balloon Juice
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