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5:25 PM ET, May 29, 2009

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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.
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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.”
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.
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 …
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. …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE IT TO LIDDY.... And here I thought Tom Tancredo …
Discussion: Think Progress
NPR:
Senators Offer Competing Views Of Sotomayor
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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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:   Forget Whether She Qualifies as a “Racist.” …
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.
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!
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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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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Michelle Cottle / The Plank:
Sotomayors' Critics Could Use a Little Self-Analysis Too
Discussion: The Debate Link
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 abu muqawama
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they do  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims — that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked — are wrong.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Levin Calls Cheney A Liar On Torture
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Garrett Withdraws Nomination for Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy  —  Tax Prof Elizabeth Garrett (USC) has withdrawn as President Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy.  From Bloomberg (Garrett Withdraws as Top Tax Official in Blow to Obama Agenda):
Discussion: TigerHawk
Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology  —  Wikioperating Thetan Level Zero  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned …
Discussion: Gawker, Mashable! and Guardian
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
What DealerGate Says About the Conservative ‘Message’ Problem  —  Congratulations to Doug Ross and Joey Smith for aggressive research and reporting — the kind Matthew Yglesias says conservatives don't have the skills to do — on the scandal Michelle Malkin calls “DealerGate.”
Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
Merrick Alpert's Local Town Committee Endorses Sen. Dodd  —  The Hartford Courant's Daniela Altimari reports:  —  The Groton Democratic Town Committee on Thursday approved a resolution of support for Sen. Christopher Dodd.  —  Nothing newsworthy in that — after all …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Reagan Appointee Sandra Day O'Connor Said Gender, Race Impact Judging  —  Sonia Sotomayor is taking a beating from conservatives for her 2001 speech saying that gender and race will inevitably impact one's judgment and jurisprudence.  —  But guess who said something very similar?
 
 
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