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8:40 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A sheep in Wolffe's clothing?
Think Progress:
Graham on Sotomayor: 'There is a character problem. …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Reaction
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
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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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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Conservative Judges' Gun Ruling in Agreement With Sotomayor
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Sotormayor Likes Her “Poor” Choice of Words
Discussion: 24Ahead
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Alas, a blog, First Draft and Salon
Norma Love / Associated Press:
Gay marriage bill signed into law in New Hampshire  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage after the Senate and House passed key language on religious rights and Gov. John Lynch — who personally opposes gay marriage — signed the legislation Wednesday afternoon.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Michael Cole / HRC Back Story:
BREAKING: NH Passes Marriage Equality; On to Governor
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Firedoglake
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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Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Obama tries out his Arabic
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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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.
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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.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Pufferfish and TPMDC
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama on Obama  —  During a telephone interview Tuesday with President Obama about his speech to Arabs and Muslims in Cairo on Thursday, I got to tell the president my favorite Middle East joke.  It gave him a good laugh.  It goes like this:  —  There is this very pious Jew named Goldberg who always dreamed of winning the lottery.
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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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 …
Quinnipiac University:
U.S. Voters Disagree 3-1 With Sotomayor On Key Case, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Say Abolish Affirmative Action  —  American voters say 55 - 36 percent that affirmative action should be abolished, and disagree 71 - 19 percent with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer's ruling …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Something Is Happening In Iran  —  I don't know whether you have been reading the various press accounts of the election campaign in Iran.  I know that the candidates' list is fixed, but I can also see democratic spirit when it is bang in front of me.  There appears to be a genuine fight for votes …
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 …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israelis Say Bush Officials Agreed to Settlement Building  —  JERUSALEM — Senior Israeli officials expressed irritation on Wednesday that President Obama had declined to acknowledge what they called clear understandings with the Bush administration that allowed Israel to build West Bank …
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
 
 
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Paul Demko / Minnesota Independent:
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
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Sen. Elizabeth Edwards? Even She Isn't That Resilient
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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Woodbury attorney may challenge Bachmann for GOP primary
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Message on Obama Attributed to Bin Laden
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