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5:00 PM ET, May 30, 2009

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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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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Sotomayor's Focus on Race Issues May Be Hurdle  —  WASHINGTON — The selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court has opened a new battle in the fight over affirmative action and other race-conscious remedies for patterns of inequality, with each side invoking the election …
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Calls for Thorough and Timely …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Alex Conant
Megan McArdle:
The Problem of Affirmative Action
Discussion: PoliBlog, TigerHawk and The Corner
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
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
DOJ to Supremes: Uighurs “free to leave”
BBC:   US presses Australia to take Uighurs
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Backs Saudi Royal Family on 9/11 Lawsuit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Evan Harris / Political Punch:
First President in US History to Have Voted to Filibuster a Supreme Court Nominee Now Hopes for Clean Process  —  President Obama's expressed hope today in his weekly address “that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGER
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Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Men in throes of Supreme panic
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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.
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mankiw, Redistribution, Height Taxes, and Utilitiarianism  —  Via a distraught Conor Clarke, I see that not only did Greg Mankiw once write a cheeky paper arguing that maybe we should impose a height tax, he also goes in for some odd philosophical claims.  To try to reconstruct his argument, he believes:
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
A Promise to Be Ethical in an Era of Immorality  —  When a new crop of future business leaders graduates from the Harvard Business School next week, many of them will be taking a new oath that says, in effect, greed is not good.  —  Nearly 20 percent of the graduating class have signed …
Discussion: PERRspectives and Truthdig
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
NY Daily News:
Rangel's advice for Obama's NYC visit?  Don't go to Harlem without ID  —  Congressman Charles Rangel, in a snide aside Saturday, suggested even President Obama was at risk on the streets after a black cop was slain by a white colleague.  —  The veteran Democratic politician was asked …
 
 
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In which the president discovers an American intelligence agency at Five Guys
Discussion: Fausta's Blog