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6:05 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: CNN and 24Ahead
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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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 and The Reaction
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama's Plan to Sabotage the Republican Party
Discussion: Donklephant
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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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Says U.S. Could Be Seen as a Muslim Country, Too  —  HAHN, Germany — As President Obama prepared to leave Washington to fly to the Middle East, he conducted several television and radio interviews at the White House to frame the goals for a five-day trip, including …
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 …
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Obama tries out his Arabic
Eric Moskowitz / Boston Globe:
N.H. becomes sixth state to legalize gay marriage  —  Traditionally conservative New Hampshire today became the sixth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, after a bill was enacted by both the state House and Senate and then signed by Governor John Lynch.
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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: Ben Smith's Blog and Alas, a 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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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: 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 …
New Jersey Online:
Pact apparently seals deal: No pickets for Corzine  —  Under threats that picketing state workers would disrupt the official kickoff of Gov. Jon Corzine's election campaign — and an appearance by Vice President Joe Biden — negotiators reached a last-minute, tentative settlement yesterday …
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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
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 …
 
 
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US News:
Sen. Elizabeth Edwards? Even She Isn't That Resilient
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Woodbury attorney may challenge Bachmann for GOP primary
Discussion: Eye on 2010 and Wonkette
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Questioning Liberty University's Tax-Exempt Status
Discussion: Raw Story
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NY Daily News:
Bam and Michelle's marriage went through frosty period, says new book