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9:40 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.”
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. urged to address ‘racist’ charge  —  Some Democrats and political analysts are urging the White House to shift course and concede that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made an error when she suggested in 2001 that Hispanic women would make better judges than white men.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Princeton key to knowing Sotomayor  —  Princeton University, Michelle Obama wrote in her 1985 college thesis, was “infamous for being racially the most conservative of the Ivy League universities.”  —  But for the second time in the Obama era, the stodgy Ivy League academy has emerged …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans, Let's Play Grown-Up
Discussion: Washington Post and MSNBC
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor Is A Member Of The ‘Latino KKK Without The Hoods Or The Nooses’
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Lawyers tag nominee as ‘terror on the bench’
Discussion: Washington Post and PrairiePundit
CNN:
‘Latina woman’ remark may dominate hearings
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Christina Hoag / NBC Los Angeles:
Kicking & Screaming: Journo Dragged From Near AF1  —  A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
Little Green Footballs:
Fox Nation Goes Nirther  —  At the Fox Nation website, unrestrained Nirth Certifikit insanity runs rampant in the comments for a video of Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs answering a question from a Nirther journalist (not sure who it is): Should Obama Release Birth Certificate?  Or Is This Old News?
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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Nader: McAuliffe Offered Money To Avoid Key States in '04 Race  —  Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader went public Thursday with an allegation that Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe offered his campaign money to stay off the ballot in key states during the 2004 elections …
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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 …
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 …
Marc Lynch:
Why did Obama add Saudi Arabia to his itinerary?  —  The Arab media is buzzing today over the announcement that President Obama will travel to Riyadh before arriving in Cairo for his big address to the Islamic world.  Why the late addition to his itinerary?
New York Times:
Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Wars in Cyberspace  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials said Thursday, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare.
Discussion: The Caucus, CBS News and PrairiePundit
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Compares Favorably to Prior Presidents  —  Only three presidents since Eisenhower have had higher May ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — So far in May, Barack Obama has averaged 65% job approval.  Since World War II, only three of the previous eight presidents elected to their first terms …
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
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 …
MSNBC:
Evidence mounts that recession may be ending  —  But the economy's bounce along the bottom may be a very bumpy ride  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  The economy is throwing off signals that it may be bumping along the bottom, and the ride is likely to be rough.
Rolling Stone:
The Rolling Stone 2009 Hot List  —  Lady Gaga, “The Hangover” and the faces keeping hotness alive  —  Stocks may tumble and fortunes may fall, but hotness, it seems, is eternal.  —  There was some concern about compiling our latest Rolling Stone Hot List during an ice-cold era.
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
 
 
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