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12:45 PM ET, June 2, 2009


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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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Justices Gone Wild  —  Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings won't happen for over a month, but it's easy to predict how they will go.  In a series of preening, long-winded questions, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will attempt to divine Sotomayor's position on a variety …
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Dems pressure Obama on Israel  —  As President Barack Obama prepares to depart for his first trip to the Arab world, the administration's escalating pressure on Israel to freeze all growth of its settlements on Palestinian land has begun to stir concern among Israel's numerous allies in both parties on Capitol Hill.
Rick Santorum / The Politico:
Why I would oppose Sotomayor
Discussion: TBogg
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.
Sources: No 3rd Governor Term For Pawlenty  —  Watch The News Conference LIVE On WCCO.COM At 2 p.m.  —  ST. PAUL (WCCO) ― Two sources have confirmed that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce that he will not seek re-election in 2010.  —  The sources confirmed …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty won't seek third term
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   2012: Pawlenty's Not Running For Re-Election
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 …
Caleb Howe / ActiCons:
The Playboy Article  —  Screenshots below the fold.  Not edited for content.
Discussion: Daily Dose
William Saletan / Slate:
Is it wrong to murder an abortionist?  —  If abortion is murder, the most efficient thing you could have done to prevent such murders this month was to kill George Tiller.  —  Tiller was the country's bravest or most ruthless abortion provider, depending on how you saw him.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin links Tiller, Long slayings
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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.”
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
Discussion: normblog
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
How Obamas' romantic £120 trip to Broadway racked up a £45,000 bill  —  ...that's for three private jets, two helicopter rides, extra planes for security and closing roads for motorcade  —  It was a campaign pledge that Barack Obama didn't dare break - a promise to take his wife …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
The cost of a NYC weekend
Discussion: and Scared Monkeys
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 …
Fox News:
Obama Invites Iranian Officials to 4th of July Parties
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Cheney: No link between Saddam Hussein, 9/11  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does not believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the planning or execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks.  —  He strongly defended the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq …
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.
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.
Obama: U.S. will be ‘honest’ with Israel on settlements  —  The United States will be more blunt in raising objections to Israel's settlement policies in the Palestinian territories than previous administrations, President Barack Obama told a U.S. radio network in an interview on Monday.
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
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It's Not Fair To Casually Call People Racist
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The Robert Wone Killing Remains ‘a Head-Scratcher’
Wall Street Journal:
A Saga of Decline and Denial
Discussion: Law Blog and The New Republic
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N. Korean Leader's Youngest Son Named Successor
Discussion:, Reuters and Hot Air
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Andrew Gelman / FiveThirtyEight:
Would Mike Dukakis Have Won the 2008 Election?
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George L. Priest / Wall Street Journal:
The Justice Department's Antitrust Bomb
Scott / Power Line:
How Hillsdale beats Harvard
Discussion: Wall Street Journal