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3:05 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.
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) …
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Schedule, Day by Day  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to open a weeklong hearing on whether to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court at 10 a.m. Monday.  The hearing will be broadcast live on C-Span and will be streamed online at the committee's Web site.
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
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
GOP catch phrase: ‘Obama standard’
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico Live's Blog
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.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Obama Faces a New Push to Look Back
Jules Crittenden:
Big Hush-Hush Secret: U.S. Plotted To Kill AQ Leaders
Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Liz Cheney open to political run
Discussion: Nice Deb and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.”
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin's PAC Raises $700,000+
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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.
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Iran's Rumored Nicaraguan ‘Mega-Embassy’ Set Off Alarms in U.S.  —  MANAGUA, Nicaragua — For months, the reports percolated in Washington and other capitals.  Iran was constructing a major beachhead in Nicaragua as part of a diplomatic push into Latin America, featuring huge investment deals …
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The World Newser:
Bob Woodruff: Why I've Gone Back to Iraq
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
McKenna stepping aside for Kirk
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
He stabbed man 61 times, but acquitted of murder
Carol Smaldino / The Huffington Post:
In the Shadows of “Our” Torture  —  Writing from her summer home …
Elaine Quijano / CNN:
Obama announces new surgeon general
Alison Leigh Cowan / City Room:
The Form That Lets You Say, ‘More Forms, Please’
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Climate bill faces steep Senate climb
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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