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3:35 AM ET, May 30, 2009

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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
G. Gordon Liddy On Sotomayor: 'Let's Hope That The Key Conferences Aren't When She's Menstruating'  —  Yesterday on his radio show, conservative host G. Gordon Liddy continued the right wing's all-out assault on Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  First, just like Tom Tancredo, Liddy slammed Sotomayor's affiliation …
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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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Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich Doubles Down On Sotomayor Racism Charge  —  Newt Gingrich grabbed cable news chatter all week after Twittering that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a “Latina woman racist.”  The ensuing controversy has not moderated his opposition.  —  Today, Renewing American Leadership …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Sessions ‘uneasy’ with Gingrich's ‘rhetoric’ against Sotomayor.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Fix
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Sotomayor: Obama's End Run on the Second Amendment
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush, Cheney split on Obama  —  Former President George W. Bush is sticking by his promise to leave President Barack Obama alone - prompting some second-guessing by allies of Vice President Dick Cheney, who is determined to confront the new president.  —  Bush has stuck to his memorable declaration …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Raw Story, JustOneMinute and CNN
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
W.H. concedes Sotomayor misspoke  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sought to tamp down criticism over controversial comments Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made in 2001, regarding whether a Latino judge might render “better” rulings than a white judge, saying the judge …
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Tape Reveals Views on Ricci v. DeStefano Discrimination Case
Discussion: Salon
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gen. Petraeus: US violated Geneva Convention, the court of law …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: Erick's blog and Hot Air
Fox News:
Charges Against ‘New Black Panthers’ Dropped by Obama Justice Dept.  —  Three men were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.  —  FOXNews.com
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Who pressured Justice to drop case against voter intimidation in Philly?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, QandO and Nice Deb
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Michael Goldfarb continues to embarrass himself  —  The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb remains on the lookout for evidence that Sonia Sotomayor has benefited from “preferential treatment.”  —  On Wednesday, Goldfarb argued that one such example was when a law firm apologized to Sotomayor …
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Mancow Muller / Big Hollywood:
Bored Bloggers Are All Wet  —  I am not a magician.  Many news cameras were there!  —  Obviously, it was on the radio and I wasn't in prison.  I'm also not a radicalized Muslim terrorist.  But it was not a hoax!  I repeat: NOT A HOAX.  —  We kept telling management, the insurance companies …
Michelle Malkin:
Lefty blogs punked by Mancow “torture” stunt(?); Updated  —  Last week, liberal blogs went ga-ga over radio talk show host Mancow's waterboarding stunt.  —  Matthew Yglesias wet his pants.  He featured Mancow's photo and the blaring headline: “Conservative Radio Host Has Himself Waterboard …
Discussion: Say Anything
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration  —  Andrew McLaughlin, Google's head of global public policy, is leaving the company to join the Obama administration, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. McLaughlin's plans.  —  Mr. McLaughlin will be deputy chief technology officer …
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.
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Bobby Ghosh / Time:
After Waterboarding: How to Make Terrorists Talk?  —  Correction Appended: May 29, 2009  —  The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or “walling” and no waterboarding.  All it took to soften up Abu Jandal …
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Sgwhiteinfla / ATTACKERMAN:
I Guess “The Use Of Sugar Free Cookies Saved Lives” Just Didn't Sound Tough Enough
Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
Liberaltarians?  —  Building bridges on economics, foreign policy and civil liberties.  —  I recently attended a dinner with a group of prominent liberal and libertarian bloggers to see if there is a community of interest that might lead to closer cooperation on some issues.
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
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
The Talk, and the Talk, and the Talk, of Austin  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — They call it chubbing, and while it sounds like a way to fatten pigs, it is actually a maneuver to slow business in the Legislature to a crawl — a filibuster of sorts, Texas-style.  —  For five pivotal days this week …
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
An Open Letter to Amnesty International  —  After Operation Iraqi Freedom began, Eason Jordan, the chief news executive at CNN, penned a column entitled “The News We Kept to Ourselves” about the balance between access and honest reporting.  That balance is something that effects not only news media, but many other fields as well.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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