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5:00 PM ET, June 2, 2009


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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Right demands tougher fight  —  Conservatives are demanding that Senate Republicans take a harder line on Sonia Sotomayor, with new signs of tension between the Hill GOP and elements of the Republican base over the direction the opposition should move in the Supreme Court fight.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Leader Of Conservative Opposition To Sotomayor Was Nailed For Hacking And Spying On Senate Dems  —  Manuel Miranda is back!  —  The New York Times reports that a coalition of heavyweight conservative groups has signed a letter pressuring Senate Republicans to filibuster Sonia Sotomayor.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Sotomayor explains ‘wise Latina’
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Favor Sotomayor Confirmation
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Justices Gone Wild
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bad News for Franken?  —  I hope I'm wrong.  But Gov. Tim Pawlenty's (R) apparent decision not to seek reelection does not bode well for Al Franken's ability to get seated in the senate any time soon.  That's because the most probable next step in the endless Franken-Coleman drama …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
2012: Pawlenty's Not Running For Re-Election
Discussion: Open Left
CNN Poll: Many Americans hold unfavorable view of Muslim world  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hours before President Barack Obama departs for a trip to the Middle East, a new national poll suggests that only one in five Americans has a favorable view of Muslim countries.
Amir Taheri / Times of London:
Barack Obama is blind to his blunders over Islam
Telegraph:   Barack Obama should stop apologising for America
John / Power Line:   Dresden: Next Stop on Apology Tour?
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Obama to Name N.Y. Congressman the Army Secretary  —  Representative John M. McHugh, a Republican congressman from New York, will be nominated by President Obama to be secretary of the Army, according to officials, as the administration continues to reach into the ranks of the opposition for executive appointments.
Nancy Zuckerbrod / Associated Press:
Obama says Iran's energy concerns legitimate  —  LONDON — President Barack Obama suggested that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful.  —  In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, he also restated plans …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin links Tiller, Long slayings  —  Sarah Palin today picked up a widely heard theme on the right, using the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller to call attention to the murder of an army recruiter in Arkansas, allegedly by a self-styled Islamic militant:
Recruiter Shooting Suspect Under FBI Investigation  —  Man Accused of Killing One Recruiter, Wounding Another, Spent Time in Yemen  —  The suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one soldier and the critical injury of another at a Little Rock, Ark., Army recruiting booth today …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quagmire Ahead  —  On Jan. 21, 1988, a General Motors executive named Elmer Johnson wrote a brave and prophetic memo.  Its main point was contained in this sentence: “We have vastly underestimated how deeply ingrained are the organizational and cultural rigidities that hamper our ability to execute.”
James Bennet / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Mitt Romney Should Run GM
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
Playboy 's “Top 10 Conservative Women We Hate to Love”  —  The Playboy article linked to on this blog listed 10 conservative women “they love to hate” adding their reasons why.  The blog included the link but only used the names of the women listed.  But the Playboy article also included …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cheney Edges Away From Claim That CIA Docs Will Prove Torture Worked  —  There's a very revealing moment buried in an interview that Dick Cheney gave to Fox News last night that really gives away his game plan on torture.  —  Specifically: Cheney seemed to edge away from the claim …
George L. Priest / Wall Street Journal:
The Justice Department's Antitrust Bomb  —  Microsoft and Intel will find refuge in the courts.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As if commandeering the banking, finance and auto industries weren't enough, a couple of weeks ago the Obama administration decided to throw a bomb at modern antitrust law.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Shannon McCaffrey / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Feds spike voter citizenship checks in Georgia
New York Times:
Chinese Company Said to Be Buyer of Hummer  —  GUANGZHOU, China — General Motors has reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of its Hummer brand of large sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks to a machinery company in western China with ambitions to become a carmaker …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most oppose closing Gitmo  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and moving some of the detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.  —  By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn't be closed.
CNN Poll: No frontrunner in GOP 2012 presidential race  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll of Republicans suggests that there's no front runner at this extremely early moment in the next race for the White House.  —  Three possible candidates are all bunched at the top of a CNN/Opinion Research
New York Times:
Foreclosures: No End in Sight  —  A continuing steep drop in home prices combined with rising unemployment is powering a new wave of foreclosures.  Unfortunately, there's little evidence, so far, that the Obama administration's anti-foreclosure plan will be able to stop it.
Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Voted Against Roberts  —  ‘He has used his formidable skills on behalf of the strong in opposition to the weak.’  —  The following is from then-Sen. Barack Obama's floor statement explaining why he would vote against confirming Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (September 2005):
Discussion: Donklephant
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A New Iran Overture, With Hot Dogs  —  SAN SALVADOR — Having sent the Iranian people a video greeting on their New Year, President Obama is now inviting them to help celebrate a quintessentially American holiday, the Fourth of July.  —  Last Friday, the State Department sent a cable …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Stop The ACLU
Wall Street Journal:
Busy Not Running GM  —  And not choosing GM's office space.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama announced the bankruptcy of General Motors yesterday before GM's CEO even spoke, and the feds will soon own 60% of the company.  But whatever you do, please don't think the government is now running GM.
Ralph R. Ortega / New Jersey Online:
N.J. election officials report low voter turnout, few problems for primary so far  —  Voter turnout in today's primary elections has been relatively light, and problem free, so far, according to elections officials across New Jersey.  —  Board of Election officials in Essex, Union, Middlesex …
Discussion: Washington Wire and MSNBC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IN WHICH I APPARENTLY MAKE MEGHAN MCCAIN ANGRY.... I had an item yesterday noting that Dick Cheney's remarks on gay marriage may have a role in the party's debate over gay rights.  I added what seemed like a pretty uncontroversial idea — while Meghan McCain and Steve Schmidt were other Republicans …
Mona Charen / Real Clear Politics:
It's Not Fair To Casually Call People Racist  —  The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has already achieved a boon for our political culture: It has helped leading liberals and Democrats to discover that being tarred as a racist on flimsy grounds is unfair and deeply unpleasant.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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