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4:20 AM ET, July 15, 2009


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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Don't quote Sotomayor on that, Senator  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - In endorsing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy did some creative rewriting of history.  And he put quote marks around it.  —  Trying to head off criticism …
Eva Rodriguez / PostPartisan:
Sotomayor's Unconvincing Backpedaling  —  I'm surprised and disturbed by how many times today Sonia Sotomayor has backed off of or provided less-than-convincing explanations for some of her more controversial speeches about the role of gender and ethnicity in judicial decision-making.
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Surprises Sessions  —  Jess Bravin reports on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.  —  Ouch!  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity …
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
Smiling GOPers Ought to be Frowning  —  Watching Lindsey Graham's gotcha grin as he needled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with disingenuous and rhetorical questions you had to wonder what was so funny.  —  Does the Republican senator think it is amusing that he and his party's …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TalkLeft
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sotomayor Leaves Passion Behind in Her Testimony  —  WASHINGTON — During her enforced silence, Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been portrayed as a woman of passion.  Her speeches, endlessly dissected in the weeks since President Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court, reveal a fiery Latino pride.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Sen. Jon Kyl Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing
Discussion: Politics Daily and Emptywheel
Washington Post:
Transcript of Sen. Feinstein Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Respecting Precedent, or Settled Law, Unless It's Not Settled
Discussion: The Politico
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Revisiting the Judges of Yore With Republican Senators
The New Republic:   Great Moments In Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings
Gateway Pundit:
OBAMA BOOED IN ST. LOUIS!... And Throws a Sissy Pitch (Video)  —  Barack Obama Booed at the All-Star Game in St. Louis On Tuesday!  —  And, he threw a sissy pitch:  —  It's going to be a rough 4 years.  He's only been in office 5 months and he's already getting booed.  —  ...And protested.
America's Affordable Health Choices Act  —  The Chairmen of the three Committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced comprehensive health care reform legislation on July 14 that will reduce out-of-control costs, encourage competition among insurance plans …
Ezra Klein:
The House Releases Its Health-Care Reform Bill  —  On first glance, it looks good.  A few thoughts:  —  The Process Is the Message: Three separate committees — Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor — have come together on one bill.  This is an incredible achievement.
New York Times:
House Health Plan Outlines Higher Taxes on Rich
Discussion: and The Caucus
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
BREAKING: House Bill Looks Good (So Far)
Dan / Riehl World View:
Meet Political Pundit, Mr. Ricky Hollywood  —  A reliable source confirms that when you call Levi Johnston's phone number, you're now officially greeted by his new marketing identity in long, loud, boldly-exaggerated phrasing, YOU'VE REACHED R-I-C-K-Y ... H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D!!!
Pilgrim / Say Anything:
Hilarious: HuffPo Says Sarah Palin Had No Authority To Write An Op-Ed In The Washington Post  —  My, my, my.  —  In what is without a doubt the best foot stomping, squealing, hold-your-breath-until-you-turn- purple fit I've seen in quite some time, and it's all because Sarah Palin had the gall …
Palin becomes MoveOn target as SarahPAC cash haul surges  —  (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee is confirming a flood of new donations that push her cash haul close to the million-dollar mark, as one of the nation's largest liberal PACs announced an ad targeting the former GOP vice presidential candidate.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Isaac Chotiner Gets Jonah Goldberg Wrong  —  So Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said this in an interview with Emily Bazelon: … Ginsburg is saying that her perception of the situation in 1980 is that there was a lot of concern on the right about Bell Curve-style dysgenics and that, therefore …
Fox News:
Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies  —  It could be a combination of 19th-century mechanics, 21st-century technology — and a 20th-century horror movie.  —  A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling …
Bil Browning / The Huffington Post:
Steele: GOP woos blacks with “fried chicken and potato salad”  —  The Young Republicans convention was held in Indianapolis last weekend and their election of a racist, middle-aged woman as President isn't the only controversial item to come out of the GOP gathering.
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Steele Says He'll Attract Diversity to GOP With “Fried Chicken and Potato Salad”
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Obama's Chutzpah.  Sorry, Only Israelis Have Chutzpah.  So It's Obama's Haughty Condescension.  —  Frankly, I am sick and tired of President Obama's eldering—more accurately, hectoring—Israel's leaders.  It is, after all, they whose country is the target of an armed and ideological cyclone …
Poll: Majority of Republicans don't think Palin's qualified for prez  —  (CNN) — A majority of Americans think Sarah Palin is stepping down as Alaska's governor for political reasons, according to a new national poll, with a majority of Republicans now saying that they do not believe that Palin would be an effective president.
Donna Smith / Reuters:
House bill to hit millionaires with 5.4 pct surtax  —  A sweeping overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system to be announced on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives will include a surtax on millionaires of 5.4 percent, congressional sources said.  —  The tax rate is higher …
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Reid Supports Amendment Ending DADT
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Thinking Clearly about Economic Inequality
Discussion: Reason and Cato @ Liberty
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The Same-Sex Marriage Switch