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8:10 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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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 and Don Surber
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
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Administration opposes Uighurs' release in US  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, picking up the argument of its predecessor, is opposing the release of Chinese Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay into the United States.  —  In papers filed with the Supreme Court late Friday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
DOJ to Supremes: Uighurs “free to leave”  —  The Obama Administration told the Supreme Court Friday that 17 Uighur men forcibly brought to Guantanamo Bay by the American military seven years ago are “free to leave” but have no right to come to the United States.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Backs Saudi Royal Family on 9/11 Lawsuit  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is supporting efforts by the Saudi royal family to defeat a long-running lawsuit seeking to hold it liable for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.  —  The Justice Department, in a brief filed Friday …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
BBC:   US presses Australia to take Uighurs
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 . . .
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas' Broadway Saturday night out  —  The Obamas headed to New York City to see a play tonight  —  August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Belasco Theater on W. 44th Street, according to theater executives cited by The New York Times' The Caucus blog.
Discussion: The Politico
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Patrick Healy / The Caucus:   First Couple to Hit Broadway This Weekend
David Perlman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fusion tests set at new Livermore facility  —  Outside a concrete slab of a building 10 stories high that holds the most powerful array of lasers and high-precision optics ever assembled, the scientists, engineers and workers who created the massive structure at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory celebrated its dedication Friday.
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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Growth/Oil Hammer  —  I find the debate about whether or not we're seeing “green shoots” to be a bit confused.  Moreover, I don't believe I can see the future.  What I can see is the present, where markets react to any sign of good economic news with a big jump in oil prices.
Discussion: Eschaton and BBC
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
 
 
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Tucker Carlson Starting “Right-Leaning” HuffPo
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