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10:45 PM ET, May 30, 2009

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The Politico:
Obama keeps Broadway pledge  —  President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama landed in New York City late Saturday afternoon for a Manhattan date night that was to include a Broadway show.  —  A spokesman read a statement from Obama: “I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised …
Discussion: Say Anything
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Mike Baker / Fox News:
Obamas' Date Night in New York City Draws Criticism  —  Even before the Obamas left Washington, the there-and-back trip drew criticism from Republicans who questioned the president's decision to travel to New York for a night of entertainment during a recession and while automakers struggle to survive.
Discussion: GayPatriot
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.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:   First Couple to Hit Broadway This Weekend
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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Julian Sanchez:
A Sotomayor core dump  —  I'll cop to sharing some of Yglesias' irritation at the treatment of Sonia Sotomayor, and if Republicans are managing to get a rise out of my pallid ass, I can only imagine the kind of damage they're doing to their brand among, you know, real Latinos.
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Calls for Thorough and Timely …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Alex Conant
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.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Backs Saudi Royal Family on 9/11 Lawsuit
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Administration opposes Uighurs' release in US
Discussion: Washington Monthly
BBC:   US presses Australia to take Uighurs
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
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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 . . .
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 …
Terry Frieden / CNN:
U.S. vows to keep using ‘state secrets’ defense  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration has informed a federal judge it will continue to invoke the “state secrets” privilege in a legal battle with an Islamic charity suspected of funding terrorism.  —  The United States has designated …
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: Blue Virginia, Eschaton and BBC
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.
Michael James / The Note:
Presidents Bush, Clinton Team Up in Toronto; Clinton Says His View on Gay Marriage Is ‘Evolving’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: This afternoon in Toronto, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush shared a stage for a “conversation with presidents” at Toronto's Convention Centre …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush-Clinton Policy Talk Strikes a Congenial Tone
Discussion: The Swamp and Economist's View
 
 
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