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1:00 PM ET, May 30, 2009

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State Journal Register:
Ted Rall: It's increasingly evident that Obama should resign  —  MIAMI — We expected broken promises.  But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama's inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
If Obama's lost Ted Rall . . .  . . . he's lost un-America: … (Via Memeorandum.)  You might also want to read this: … Of course, if Ted Rall becomes an ex-Democrat, he'll likely end up Green, but a complete 180 from far Left to far Right is not unimaginable.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Moe Lane
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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
When Democrats derailed a GOP Latino nominee
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Men in throes of Supreme panic
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Sotomayor: Obama's End Run on the Second Amendment
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Judge Sotomayor and Race — Results from the Full Data Set  —  I've now completed the study of every one of Judge Sotomayor's race-related cases that I mention in the post below.  I'll write more in the morning about particular cases, but here is what the data shows in sum:
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Megan McArdle:
The Problem of Affirmative Action  —  HL Mencken once defined Fundamentalism as “the terrible, pervasive fear that someone, somewhere, is having fun”.  I've been thinking of this a lot watching some of the attacks on Sotomayor, but I'd frame the critics as suffering from the terrible …
Discussion: PoliBlog and TigerHawk
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Calls for Thorough and Timely Confirmation for Judge Sonia Sotomayor  —  WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama called for a rigorous, principled and swift confirmation for his Supreme Court nominee, Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Alex Conant
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Tape Reveals Views on Ricci v. DeStefano Discrimination Case
Discussion: Salon
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
White House moves to restrict criticism of stimulus projects  —  A new White House policy on permissible lobbying on economic recovery and stimulus project has taken a decidedly anti-First Amendment turn.  It's a classic illustration of Big Government trying to control every aspect …
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The White House:
Update on Recovery Act Lobbying Rules: New Limits on Special Interest Influence  —  Another update from Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, in the spirit of transparency as always:  —  I am writing with an update on the President's March 20 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Uighurs: Sometimes, the Obama Friday Night Bad News Dump Is Bad for the Left  —  The Obama Justice Department told the Supreme Court this evening that the Uighurs have no right to be released into the United States.  The Uighurs, Chinese Muslim detainees held at Guantanamo Bay …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush-Clinton Policy Talk Strikes a Congenial Tone  —  TORONTO — Former President Bill Clinton really misses the presidency.  “All of a sudden nobody plays a song,” he told an audience here on Friday, referring to “Hail to the Chief,” the anthem played at presidential events.
Discussion: The Swamp and Economist's View
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Michael James / The Note:
Presidents Bush, Clinton Team Up in Toronto; Clinton Says His View …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
U.S. Rep. John Sullivan checks in to Betty Ford clinic  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, who has spoken openly about former problems with drinking, announced Friday that he has checked himself into a treatment center to seek help for his alcohol addiction.
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 …
Niall Ferguson / Financial Times:
How economists can misunderstand the crisis  —  On Wednesday last week, yields on 10-year US Treasuries - generally seen as the benchmark for long-term interest rates - rose above 3.73 per cent.  Once upon a time that would have been considered rather low.  But the financial crisis has changed …
Discussion: The New Republic
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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Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
Plan of Attack  —  Bob Woodward versus the White House.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans OK with more government influence in return …
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
An Open Letter to Amnesty International
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Robert Pear / New York Times:
2 Democrats Spearheading Health Bill Are Split
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
The Talk, and the Talk, and the Talk, of Austin
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