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2:00 PM ET, May 31, 2009

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOMETIMES, A DATE IS JUST A DATE.... Ordinarily, this is the kind of human-interest story that I wouldn't even read.  Apparently, though, it's angered quite a few Republicans, so I guess we might as well take a look at. … Good for them; I'm sure it's nice for the Obamas to get out once in a while.
Discussion: CNN, Riehl World View and The Impolitic
New York Post:
OBAMA KEEPS HIS BIG APPLE PLEDGE  —  WOWS FIRST LADY WITH DINNER & B'WAY SHOW  —  By CHARLES HURT in DC and STEFANIE COHEN in NY  —  Two martinis, a swank restaurant, a Broadway show — President Obama really knows how to treat a First Lady.  —  “I am taking my wife to New York City …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Was “Date Night” a Good Idea?  —  The President may have described it as keeping a campaign promise, but should he have taken the First Lady out for dinner and a show on Broadway in the Big Apple last night?  Or is this one promise that needed to be broken and just hope that Michelle would still vote for him in 2012 anyway?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
First couple's NY date: a campaign promise kept
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Politics Can Wait: The President Has a Date
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obamas' Broadway Saturday night out
Stan Finger / Wichita Eagle:
George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church  —  WICHITA - George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.  —  Tiller was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church …
Richard A. Clarke / Washington Post:
The Trauma of 9/11 Is No Excuse  —  Top officials from the Bush administration have hit upon a revealing new theme as they retrospectively justify their national security policies.  Call it the White House 9/11 trauma defense.  —  “Unless you were there, in a position of responsibility after September 11 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Rosen vows never to “blog” again  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  NPR has a thorough examination today of the controversy surrounding Jeffrey Rosen's New Republic anonymity-driven smear attack on Sonia Sotomayor's intellect and character.  The audio news report …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel to U.S.: ‘Stop favoring Palestinians’  —  Tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are growing after the U.S. administration's demand that Israel completely freeze construction in all West Bank settlements.  Israeli political officials expressed disappointment after Tuesday's round …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Wake up America
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Marla Singer / Zero Hedge:
I Am Marla's Observations On Artificial Selection In Chrysler Dealerships  —  Ok.  You f**k me, then snub me.  You love me, you hate me.  You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total a**hole.  Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship, Barack?
New York Post:
RANGEL'S SICK JOKE  —  CRACKS WISE ON OFFICER'S DEATH, SAYS PRESIDENT'S NOT SAFE IN HARLEM  —  There's nothing like a tragic police shooting to bring a tasteless guffaw out of Rep. Charlie Rangel.  —  Speaking yesterday at a rally in honor of slain cop Omar Edwards …
Evan Harris / Political Punch:
Obama Administration Asserts Uighur Detainees Have No Right to Come to US  —  The Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to reject a request for a hearing from 17 Chinese Muslims currently being held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, arguing they have no right to come …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama argues against Uigher release
Discussion: PoliGazette, Redhot and The Corner
Terry Frieden / CNN:
U.S. vows to keep using ‘state secrets’ defense
Discussion: snooperreport.com and Power Line
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
McConnell: I Have ‘Better Things To Do’ Than Ask My Party To Stop Calling Sotomayor ‘Racist’  —  Just hours after President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh declared that Obama had nominated a “racist.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman, Franken prep to face off on appeal  —  Monday's oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court may finally bring an end to the state's protracted Senate race, and both sides are proclaiming readiness.  —  Lawyers for former Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and Democrat Al Franken have prepped …
 
 
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