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1:25 AM ET, May 31, 2009

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The Politico:
GOP takes aim at Obamas' NYC trip  —  President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama landed in New York Sunday afternoon, and after taking a helicopter from JFK into Manhattan, drove up the West Side Highway, where the northbound lanes were shut down by police for their visit, past Ground Zero …
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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: The Reaction and GayPatriot
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
First couple's NY date: a campaign promise kept  —  President Barack Obama made good on a campaign promise to his most important supporter Saturday night — his wife, Michelle.  —  The president and first lady jetted to a date in New York late Saturday afternoon, aides and media in tow.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obamas' Broadway Saturday night out
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:   First Couple to Hit Broadway This Weekend
Associated Press:
Saudi beheads and crucifies murder convict  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi authorities beheaded and crucified a man convicted of brutally slaying an 11-year-old boy and his father, the Interior Ministry announced.  —  According to the statement issued by the ministry Friday …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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 …
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
DOJ to Supremes: Uighurs “free to leave”
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) …
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Paul / Power Line:
Supreme Court confirmation — the standard matters less than that there be just one  —  John and the estimable Andy McCarthy have been discussing what standard Republican Senators should apply when voting on a Supreme Court nominee of a Democratic president.
Discussion: The Corner
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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The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Calls for Thorough and Timely …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Alex Conant
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 …
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 …
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Address Meeting the Needs of Special-Education Students  —  In a case with potential financial repercussions for school districts and families alike, the United States Supreme Court will soon decide when public schools must reimburse parents of special-education students for private-school tuition.
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
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
If Obama's lost Ted Rall . . .
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.
John Cook / Gawker:
Oh, Keith  —  Keith Olbermann devoted a good deal of time on his show tonight to our reporting on Erich “Mancow” Muller's fake waterboarding escapade.  He says we're conspiracy theorists.  We never said anybody conspired with anybody to do anything, but his puzzling, false, and hysterically paranoid response makes us wonder.
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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BBC:   US presses Australia to take Uighurs
 
 
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Says Politics Are Behind Federal Probes of His Office
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NY Daily News:
Rangel's advice for Obama's NYC visit? Don't go to Harlem without ID
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mankiw, Redistribution, Height Taxes, and Utilitiarianism
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