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10:25 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor: You Read, You Decide  —  Shortly after President Obama nominated her to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, I read Judge Sonia Sotomayor's now famous words:  —  “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rush flips; may support Sotomayor  —  After calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a “reverse racist” last week, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that he may now possibly support President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court.  —  “I can see a possibility of supporting …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Sotomayor Made Same “Wise Woman” Speech In 1990s — And No One Objected  —  I've just obtained a speech that Sonia Sotomayor gave in 1994, in which she made a comment virtually identical to the “wise Latina” one from 2001 that has generated so much controversy.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Graham ‘troubled’ by nomination  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gave a harsh assessment of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday afternoon, criticizing her ideology, questioning her temperament and saying he had little intention of voting for her.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sotomayor's Supporters May Spin Her Out Of A Job  —  The White House explanation for Sonia Sotomayor's 2001 “wise Latina” statement was that Sotomayor used a “poor” choice of words and certainly would “restate” the language.  This spin made no sense, as the full text of the 2001 speech …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Don Surber
Think Progress:
Graham on Sotomayor: 'There is a character problem. …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Reaction
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Sotormayor Likes Her “Poor” Choice of Words
Discussion: 24Ahead
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rush: Newt Can Retract Sotomayor “Racist” Claim, But I'm Not Retracting Squat
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Salon and Washington Post
Tom Fahey / UnionLeader.com:
Same-sex marriage becomes law in NH  —  CONCORD - Gay marriage legislation became law in New Hampshire this afternoon.  —  Gov. John Lynch signed the bills just after 5:20 p.m. before dozens of enthusiastic supporters of same-sex marriage.  —  New Hampshire's law takes effect Jan. 1.
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Boston Globe:
N.H. becomes sixth state where gays can marry  —  Governor Lynch makes history with the stroke of a pen.  —  By Eric Moskowitz and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff  —  Traditionally conservative New Hampshire today became the sixth state in the nation — and the fifth state in New England …
Norma Love / Associated Press:
Gay marriage bill signed into law in New Hampshire
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Andrew J. Manuse / Reuters:
New Hampshire legalizes gay marriage
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SELF-PARODY WATCH.... During a visit with Saudi King Abdullah today, President Obama briefly responded to praise by saying, “Shukran,” which is “thank you” in Arabic.  It was only a matter of time before we saw a post like this one from Michael Goldfarb.  The headline readers, “Does Obama Speak Arabic?”
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Weekly Standard:
Does Obama Speak Arabic?  —  So Obama showed off a little Arabic in his meeting with the Saudi King: … Obama has said before that he speaks “barely passable Spanish” and “a smattering of Swahili,” as well as some Bahasa from his youth in Indonesia.  But Obama has at other times denied speaking …
Paul Demko / Minnesota Independent:
Experts: Prognosis grim as Coleman runs out of legal options  —  Al Franken Photo: Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent  —  The end is near in the U.S. Senate contest.  That might seem difficult to believe given that the fight has now dragged on for nearly seven months, but the bottom line …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMDC
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll abide by the Minnesota Supreme Court's …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and The Politico
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Pawlenty: I'll Certify Franken's Election …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
Fox News:
Source: More Targets Found on Arkansas Shooting Suspect's Computer  —  A senior U.S. official tells FOX News that more targets were found on the computer of a man charged in the fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Arkansas — suggesting the accused gunman may have been part …
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Ezra Klein:
News Break: How the White House Hopes to Control Health Care Costs  —  You've heard the line that “entitlement reform is health reform.”  Yesterday, at a meeting between Barack Obama and Senate Democrats from the Finance and HELP committees, that line grew up and graduated into something altogether sturdier: A policy.
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Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Playboy Mix of Sex, Hate, and Politics Demeans Conservative Women  —  By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.  —  Yesterday, I was contacted by the executive director of SmartGirlPolitics.org, a conservative women's website, to stand up for conservative women treated despicably by the media.
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Morning Joe journos can't name a successful unionized company, even though one signs their paychecks  —  The Morning Joe crew was on an anti-union tear this morning, claiming the union label on a company means “sell.”  Mika Brzezinski went so far as to say of unions: “They cripple the system that makes a company work.”
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Hoffa: Sorkin and Morning Joe Show Complete Failure To Understand
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A sheep in Wolffe's clothing?  —  It was Barack Obama himself who first proposed that Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe make a play to be this generation's Theodore White—the legendary journalist whose insider account of the 1960 election painted John F. Kennedy in heroic light.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Operation Rescue adviser helped Tiller suspect track doctor's court dates  —  KANSAS CITY — When Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller stood trial in March on charges he violated state law in providing late-term abortions, the man now accused of killing him made a point of attending the hearings.
Susan Crile / The Huffington Post:
Obama Gets Frustrated At Handlers, Five Guys Crowd Goes Nuts As He Arrives (VIDEO)  —  President Barack Obama was greeted with cheers last week when he stopped by Capitol Hill burger joint Five Guys.  —  The president was joined by NBC anchor Brian Williams and a crew that was filming a behind-the-scenes …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“Brotherhood” Invited To Obama Speech By U.S.  —  A sign that the Obama administration is willing to publicly challenge Egypt's commitment to parliamentary democracy: various Middle Eastern news sources report that the administration insisted that at least 10 members of the Muslim Brotherhood …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Terrorist Fist Jab: A Retrospective  —  Happy Terrorist Fist Jab Anniversary Day!  On June 3, 2008, the Obamas gave each other a pound as he locked up the nomination, shocking whites everywhere.  Now—as Dr. King dreamed—it's accepted.  A year of Obama pounds, in photos.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Tosses Telecom Spy Suits  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits targeting the nation's telecommunication companies for their participation in President George W. Bush's once-secret electronic eavesdropping program.  —  In his ruling, U.S. District Judge …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Raw Story and Emptywheel
ABCNEWS:
Searchers Find 23-Foot Piece of Airplane in Hunt for Missing Air France Flight  —  Air France Received a Bomb Threat About a Paris-Bound Flight Days Before Flight 447 Crashed  —  Searchers hunting for clues in the disappearance of Air France flight 447 found a 23-foot piece of airplane …
Discussion: Threat Level and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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