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7:25 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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
The Sotomayor PR offensive  —  Senate Democrats turned the usually staid meet and greet for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee into a full blown PR offensive Tuesday, defending Judge Sonia Sotomayor's record while offering her first public defense of her controversial comments about race.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Riehl World View
The White House:
STATEMENTS AND RELEASES  —  Vice President Biden Transportation Secretary LaHood Hold High Speed Rail Roundtable on Wednesday June 3rd  —  On Wednesday, June 3rd, Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary LaHood will hold a roundtable discussion with Governors and state transportation officials …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Favor Sotomayor Confirmation
Mona Charen / Real Clear Politics:
It's Not Fair To Casually Call People Racist
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
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.
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Gibbs: Army Secretary Nominee Favors DADT Change  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of the Army, Republican representative John McHugh, agrees with the president that “don't ask, don't tell” should be changed.
Michelle Malkin:
Obama condemns Muslim attack on Arkansas Army recruiters...not
Discussion: American Thinker and Cassy Fiano
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
Right Wing News:
The 10 Hottest Liberal Women In Politics  —  After the debacle that was Playboy's Hit Piece On Conservative Women, I thought, “Someone should do this right.”  I mean, can't we simply admire the female form without being jerks about it...ehr, much?  —  So, I thought about doing a list …
Caleb Howe / ActiCons:
The Playboy Article  —  Screenshots below the fold.  Not edited for content.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 and Wake up America
Agence France Presse:
Al-Qaeda number two slams Obama visit to Egypt
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Likud: US meddling in Israeli politics  —  Article's topics: Barrack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Rahm Emanuel, Moshe Ya'alon  —  US President Barack Obama's administration's criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policies has crossed the line into interfering in Israeli politics, top Likud ministers and MKs said Tuesday.
Barack Obama should stop apologising for America
Discussion: Power Line
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
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New poll results are devastating for Obama's Gitmo plan
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
Shannon McCaffrey / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Feds spike voter citizenship checks in Georgia  —  ATLANTA — The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's system of using Social Security numbers and driver's license data to check whether prospective voters are citizens, a process that was a subject of a federal lawsuit in the weeks leading up to November's election.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pennsylvania Voters To Dem Establishment: Please Let Us Pick Our Senator  —  A striking number in a new poll that Susquehanna Research and Polling just sent over shows that an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania Democrats want a Senate primary, despite the best efforts of the White House …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Seventh Circuit Rules That, Under Supreme Court Precedent, the Second Amendment Is Not Incorporated Against the States: The case is NRA v. City of Chicago, the challenge to the Chicago handgun ban.  The core argument: … I don't think this reasoning (from Judge Frank Easterbrook …
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
Denise Grady / New York Times:
The Deadly Toll of Abortion by Amateurs  —  BEREGA, Tanzania — A handwritten ledger at the hospital tells a grim story.  For the month of January, 17 of the 31 minor surgical procedures here were done to repair the results of “incomplete abortions.”  A few may have been miscarriages …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AP: tech coming to stop “wholesale theft” on 'Net  —  It looks like the Associated Press is getting pretty close to deploying that ‘anti-misappropriation’ technology the news agency has been talking about.  Ars got an AP editor to give us some details.  —  Ever since the Associated Press warned …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Reid's not reading  —  You have to give Harry Reid points for candor.
Discussion: Say Anything
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Petreaus Does Geneva
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Cato @ Liberty
Wayne Barrett / Runnin' Scared:
Why Don't MSNBCers Question “Morning Joe” About Abortion Doc Killings?
Wall Street Journal:
How Hillsdale Beats Harvard
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Gays Have The Power  —  The Gallup poll tells you a lot:
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Ralph R. Ortega / New Jersey Online:
N.J. election officials report low voter turnout, few problems for primary so far
Discussion: Washington Wire
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Visclosky gives up subcommittee bill
Discussion: Roll Call, and RedState
Moe Lane:
Dick Durbin knew all along that Blagojevich was selling off the seat.
Discussion: Associated Press
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Daily Dose and Wonkette