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2:40 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
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
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)
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.
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 …
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!!!
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
What Gov. Palin Forgot  —  Writing in this morning's Washington Post, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote, “many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges.”  —  Unfortunately, her promise to roll …
Palin becomes MoveOn target as SarahPAC cash haul surges
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Sen. Jon Kyl Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing  —  SEN. JON KYL: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  —  Judge, could I return briefly to a series of questions that Senator Feingold asked at the very beginning relating to the Maloney decision relating to the Second Amendment.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Emptywheel
The New Republic:
Jonah Goldberg Embarrasses Himself  —  In his Los Angeles Times column today, the man who styles himself the Churchill of opposition to liberal fascism takes aim at a surprising target. … Goldberg was just getting warmed up in these paragraphs, later adding:
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 …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
“Serious Self-Reflection”  —  Haaretz reports today …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Commentary
Agence France Presse:
Hamas says Israel dumping aphrodisiac gum on Gaza  —  GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas suspects that Israeli intelligence services are supplying its Gaza Strip stronghold with chewing gum that boosts the sex drive in order to “corrupt the young,” an official said on Tuesday.
Michael Tracey / The Nation:
The Same-Sex Marriage Switch  —  Former President Bill Clinton has come out in support of same-sex marriage.  —  After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported same-sex marriage.
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.
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Reid Supports Amendment Ending DADT
Will Wilkinson / Cato Institute:
Thinking Clearly about Economic Inequality
Discussion: Reason and Cato @ Liberty
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M Peretz / The New Republic:
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