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12:45 AM ET, June 4, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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.
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
Moran comes out swinging in Va. contest
Discussion: MyDD
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
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.
Norma Love / Associated Press:
Gay marriage bill signed into law in New Hampshire
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Associated Press:
N.H. Legislature Approves Gay Marriage
Discussion: D-Day and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Sotomayor Made Same “Wise Woman” Speech In 1990s — And No One Objected
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor: You Read, You Decide
Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
What Socialism Looks Like  —  Have you heard that the United States is headed toward socialism?  Jonah Goldberg says it is.  Alabama Senator Richard Shelby says it is.  Phyllis Schlafly says it is.  Richard Viguerie says it is.  The Republican National Committee says it is.  We must be getting pretty close.
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Pawlenty: I'll Certify Franken's Election — If There's No Order Against It From A Federal Court  —  This is the sort of thing that gets people wondering whether Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) will actually sign a certificate of election for Al Franken — as he's said he would do …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
The White House:
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO  —  Dear Senator Kennedy and Senator Baucus:  —  The meeting that we held today was very productive and I want to commend you for your leadership — and the hard work your Committees are doing on health care reform, one of the most urgent and important challenges confronting us as a Nation.
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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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Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT: Did White House order FBI to “back off” anti-terror investigations of radicalized Muslim converts?  —  Today's update from Stratfor Research describes the background of a recent attack on U.S. soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas.  One soldier was killed and another critically wounded …
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Peter Roff / US News:
Cheney for President in 2012? Republicans Have No One Else
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Hoffa: Sorkin and Morning Joe Show Complete Failure To Understand  —  New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin went on MSNBC this morning and set off the entire labor movement.  —  “Name a successful unionized company.  Think.  You're going to go to [commercial] break before you come up with one.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
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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 …
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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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Kerry says $819,848 tax lien is IRS clerical error  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has filed a $819,848 tax lien against Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, but Kerry on Wednesday blamed an IRS clerical error for the claim and said his campaign owes no tax penalties.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
 
 
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Obama Aides' Mission to WaPo: FAIL!
Kiran Khalid / CNN:
Storekeeper changes robber's mind, religion
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Hate-F***Gate’: Fire Them All
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Mitch Daniels on ‘Making Conservatism Credible Again’
Discussion: Economist's View
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Tosses Telecom Spy Suits
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Emptywheel and Raw Story
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Terrorist Fist Jab: A Retrospective
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US News:
Sen. Elizabeth Edwards? Even She Isn't That Resilient
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Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Questioning Liberty University's Tax-Exempt Status
Discussion: Raw Story
Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Power Line