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11:10 AM ET, May 29, 2009

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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.”
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
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. …
Discussion: Balkinization, Bench Memos and Law Blog
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: The Mahablog and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
The Sotomayor Rules  —  Some were made to be broken.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Barack Obama has laid down his ground rules for the debate over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.  The big question now is whether Republicans agree to play by rules that neither Mr. Obama nor his party have themselves followed.
NBC Connecticut:
Sotomayor Ruled in “D-Bag Case”  —  Ruled teen's blog post created a created “foreseeable risk of substantial disruption”  —  President Barack Obama's nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has yet another tie to Connecticut.  She sided against a student in the infamous “douche bag” case …
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: CONSERVATIVE VS. CONSERVATIVE  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Conservative vs. conservative: After Rush, Newt, and Tancredo called Sonia Sotomayor a racist, a bigot, and an “angry woman,” Charles Krauthammer today fires off this warning …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:   Sotomayor finds favor in coverage
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Tancredo: Sotomayor Is A Member Of The ‘Latino KKK Without The Hoods Or The Nooses’
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. urged to address ‘racist’ charge
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:
Bush defends policies, stays out of argument  —  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
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
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama says health care changes must come this year
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and MSNBC
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Misery Hangs Over Gaza Despite Pledges of Help  —  GAZA — Dozens of families still live in tents amid collapsed buildings and rusting pipes.  With construction materials barred, a few are building mud-brick homes.  Everything but food and medicine has to be smuggled through desert tunnels from Egypt.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Mudville Gazette
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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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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
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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