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6:50 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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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.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Sotormayor Likes Her “Poor” Choice of Words
Discussion: 24Ahead
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 …
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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?”
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Says U.S. Could Be Seen as a Muslim Country, Too
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Obama tries out his Arabic
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Wonkette
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
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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 …
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Stealth war: Obama sabotages GOP  —  Tuesday's announcement of Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) as President Barack Obama's nominee for Army secretary makes perfect sense from a policymaking standpoint.  It's hard to find a member of Congress who's more well-respected or more steeped …
Think Progress:
Graham on Sotomayor: 'There is a character problem. …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Eric Moskowitz / Boston Globe:
N.H. becomes sixth state where gays can marry  —  Traditionally conservative New Hampshire today became the sixth state in the nation — and the fifth state in New England — where same-sex couples will be allowed to marry.  —  “Today we're standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples …
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Associated Press:
N.H. Legislature Approves Gay Marriage
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Michael Cole / HRC Back Story:
BREAKING: NH Passes Marriage Equality; On to Governor
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
Tom Fahey / UnionLeader.com:
Same-sex marriage becomes law in NH
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Ben Smith's Blog
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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Michelle Malkin:
This is what feminism looks like  —  This is what feminism looks like: Bitter, clingy, and effete.  —  Oh, sorry, Mizzzz Erbe.  Didn't mean to spew my venom all over yours: … Translation: It's not okay to talk about “hatef**king” conservative women...unless they are rowdy …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Riehl World View
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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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.
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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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weekly Standard
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters, TigerHawk and FP Passport
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Newsweek Turns to Tina Tricks: Meet Guest Editor ... Stephen Colbert!  —  In the two weeks since Newsweek has redesigned, the magazine's editors have sent out a statement that they intend to sever any and all connection to the turgid, dusty newsweekly of yore.
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
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.
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico  —  Seeks white militias as allies  —  U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border …
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  Current economic and financial conditions and the federal budget  —  Before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Spratt, Ranking Member Ryan, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to have this opportunity to offer …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mondoweiss
 
 
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