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3:40 PM ET, July 13, 2009


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Randy E. Barnett / Wall Street Journal:
The Seinfeld Hearings  —  How Senators could, but probably won't, make the Sotomayor confirmation a show about something.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If you suspect this week's Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor will be, like “Seinfeld,” a show about nothing, you are probably right.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Sotomayor: My experiences help me listen  —  Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor put judicial restraint into practice Monday afternoon — passing up the opportunity to deliver a passionate rebuttal to critics who have accused her of embracing the idea that her personal biases and ethnic background affect her judicial philosophy.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Live Blogging the Sotomayor Hearings  —  ‘A Truly American Story’ |  10:03 a.m. Senator Leahy now begins talking about the story we'll all hear throughout the Democrats' opening remarks — the success, or rags-to-riches if you will — tale of the judge's upbringing and career.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Five Senators to Watch on Sotomayor  —  The confirmation hearings for judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court begin today at 10 a.m. and, although the drama has largely been drained from the question of whether she will be confirmed (barring some disaster she will be on the Court) …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Sessions calls Sotomayor ‘prejudiced’
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Sotomayor's Critics Are the Radicals
Discussion: TalkLeft, and The Politico
New York Times:
Palin's Long March to a Short-Notice Resignation  —  This article was reported by Jim Rutenberg from New York and Serge F. Kovaleski from Wasilla and Anchorage, Alaska.  Jo Becker reported from New York and Kim Severson and William Yardley from Wasilla and Anchorage.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin's PAC Raises $700,000+ … Sarah PAC, the political action committee formed by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin earlier this year to maintain her national profile, raised $733,000 in the first six months of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission today.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Republican pundits open fire on Sarah Palin  —  Their harsh views conflict with those of grass-roots GOP voters, revealing a serious split within the party.  —  Since announcing her resignation, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been pummeled by critics who have called her incoherent, a quitter, a joke and a “political train wreck.”
John Bresnahan / The Politico:   SarahPAC rakes in $733K in 6 months
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Liz Cheney: Investigating My Dad Would Prove Americans 'Can't Trust' Democrats With National Security  —  On Saturday, the New York Times reported that former Vice President Dick Cheney gave “direct orders” to the CIA, compelling the agency to withhold “information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years.”
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Rewrites the Cold War  —  The President has a duty to stand up to the lies of our enemies.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  There are two different versions of the story of the end of the Cold War: the Russian version, and the truth.  President Barack Obama endorsed the Russian version in Moscow last week.
Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Liz Cheney open to political run  —  The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that running for political office is on her horizon.  —  “It's something I very well may do,” said Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney, a lawyer and State Department appointee who has worked on two Republican presidential campaigns.
Discussion: Nice Deb and Weasel Zippers
Jules Crittenden:
Big Hush-Hush Secret: U.S. Plotted To Kill AQ Leaders
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Obama Faces a New Push to Look Back
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Boiling the Frog  —  Is America on its way to becoming a boiled frog?  —  I'm referring, of course, to the proverbial frog that, placed in a pot of cold water that is gradually heated, never realizes the danger it's in and is boiled alive.  Real frogs will, in fact, jump out of the pot — but never mind.
Sudan women ‘lashed for trousers’  —  Several Sudanese women have been flogged as a punishment for dressing “indecently”, according to a local journalist who was arrested with them.  —  Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who says she is facing 40 lashes, said she and 12 other women wearing trousers …
Discussion: Tim Blair
Foster Kamer / Gawker:
Hate Speech Against Malia Obama On Conservative Blogs Reported By Hate Speech Planting Journalist  —  We should've seen this coming: conservative blog Free Republic fired hate speech off at Malia Obama after this photo of her appeared, letting their commenters go to town.
Tina Brown / Blogs and Stories:
Obama's Other Wife  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Left behind on major presidential trips, overruled in choosing her own staff—Hillary Clinton is the invisible woman at State.  But Obama's brilliant foreign policy spouse may not stay silent forever.  —  It's time for Barack Obama to let Hillary Clinton take off her burqa.
Discussion: marbury and The Opinionator
Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Obama to join Fox broadcast booth for All-Star Game … Barack Obama will be adding baseball broadcaster to his résumé. learned Sunday that the President will join Fox Sports announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver during Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Frenetic Pace, Packed Agenda Put West Wing Staffers Through Wringer  —  The White House mess — the military-inspired term for the West Wing cafeteria — opens at 7 a.m. each day.  And each day, there is a long line of hungry staffers who have already been at the office for well over an hour.
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Oppose Health Care Reform Plan, 46% Favor It  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Discussion: YID With LID and Commentary
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Traffic (or Lack of) May Be a Reason for a Columnist's Dismissal  —  The political columnist Dan Froomkin was hired by The Huffington Post last week, two short weeks after being fired by a more traditional Post, the venerable newspaper in Washington.  —  In his departure from The Washington Post …
Mike Rorty / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Shadow Banking: What It Is, How it Broke, and How to Fix It  —  We hear a lot of chatter about the shadow banking system and its crucial role in the financial crisis.  But rarely do we find time to step back and ask the basic questions: What is shadow banking, where did it come from …
Discussion: EconLog and Rortybomb
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Primary Weapon  —  That's a nice Senate seat you've got there, Unspecified Moderate Democrat.  Shame if anything happened to it.  —  A few weeks ago, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she and other Senate Democrats harbored reservations about President Obama's plans to overhaul the health care system.
Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
He stabbed man 61 times, but acquitted of murder  —  Joseph Biedermann fatally stabbed his Hoffman Estates neighbor 61 times last year.  —  On Friday, a Cook County jury acquitted him of first-degree murder, buying his claim that he was defending himself against an unwanted sexual advance, his mother confirmed Saturday.
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Sotomayor's statement  —  Her opening statement:  —  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
McKenna stepping aside for Kirk
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Carol Smaldino / The Huffington Post:
In the Shadows of “Our” Torture  —  Writing from her summer home …
Elaine Quijano / CNN:
Obama announces new surgeon general
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Climate bill faces steep Senate climb
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