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10:45 AM ET, July 15, 2009


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Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Mike Seidman on Sotomayor: On the Federalist Society Online Debate on the Sotomayor hearings (click here and scroll down), my Georgetown Law colleague Mike Seidman—a cofounder and intellectual leader of the Critical Legal Studies movement in the 1980s—is brutally candid in his opinion of Judge Sotomayor's testimony today:
Discussion: Don Surber and Bench Memos
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Respecting Precedent, or Settled Law, Unless It's Not Settled  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor's testimony about abortion and privacy rights at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Tuesday raised a puzzling legal question: when is a Supreme Court ruling a precedent?
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
GOP not buying ‘Latina’ explanation
Wall Street Journal:
Health Bill Would Hit Small Business  —  $1.04 Trillion House Health Bill Hits All but Tiniest Firms for Not Providing Insurance  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, from left, stands with House Democratic leaders Steny Hoyer, Pete Stark, Henry Waxman, Charles Rangel, and John Dingell to announce health-care legislation on Tuesday.
Washington Post:
House Democrats Want to Fund Health Care With an Ill-Advised Surtax on the Rich.  —  THERE IS a serious case to be made that the U.S. income tax system should become more progressive.  The average rate paid by the top 1 percent of households shrank from 33 percent in 1986 to about 23 percent in 2006.
New York Times:
House Health Plan Outlines Higher Taxes on Rich
Discussion: The Caucus and
Washington Post:
House Democrats Propose Surtax on Wealth to Fund Health-Care Plan
The Hill:
Healthcare reform advances
Discussion: Blog entry and USA Today
Ezra Klein:
The House Releases Its Health-Care Reform Bill
Kbh /
Does the House really want to raise taxes on eight million uninsured people?
Discussion: Hot Air
America's Affordable Health Choices Act
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.
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Obama reps Chicago's South Side, delivers All-Star first pitch  —  ST LOUIS — Where did it land?  Was it a strike or wasn't it?  Why didn't the network choose a better camera to shoot from?  Those were the questions that viewers of baseball's All-Star Game were asking themselves at home …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Even All-Star Game not safe from gratuitous Obama photo ops
Discussion: theblogprof and The Pink Flamingo
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
CFJ: Obama Is Putting a Terrorist On The Bench!  —  Yesterday, we noticed that the Committee for Justice had just unveiled two ads calling for Sonia Sotomayor's defeat - one contrasting her to Martin Luther King and the other claiming she wants to “take away your guns.”
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:   Bug, classmates startled student Sotomayor
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
Laurie K. Blandford /
Port St. Lucie apologizes to Treasure Coast Tea Party  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — After a week of complaints about a sign at Freedomfest on July 4, city officials apologized to the Treasure Coast Tea Party.  —  “It was not our intent to interfere or cast dispersions on the tea party,” …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and The Virginian
Washington Post:
Transcript of Sen. Feinstein Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing  —  FEINSTEIN: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.  —  I'm puzzled why Mr. Estrada keeps coming up.  Mr. Estrada had no judicial experience.  The nominee before us has considerable judicial experience.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Washington Post:
Sen. Jon Kyl Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing
Discussion: Emptywheel and Politics Daily
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems reject palling around with Palin  —  Gov. Sarah Palin said last weekend that she'd be willing to campaign for some Democrats when she leaves office later this month.  —  She may not have many takers.  —  Interviews with a number of the most conservative Democrats in the House …
Bombshell: Orders revoked for soldier challenging prez  —  Major victory for Army warrior questioning Obama's birthplace  —  A U.S. Army Reserve major from Florida scheduled to report for deployment to Afghanistan within days has had his military orders revoked after arguing he should not be required …
Paul / Power Line:
The great gesturer  —  Why do so many Senators persist during judicial confirmation hearings in making speeches rather than asking questions?  This bipartisan phenomenon plagued the Roberts and Alito hearings, and reared its head again today in the proceedings for Sotomayor.  —  But why?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
John O'Connor / The State:
Media jostled for access to Sanford  —  E-mails illustrate frenzy to be the first on the air or in print  —  National media blitzed Gov. Mark Sanford's staff, offering big ratings and, possibly, a sympathetic venue in an effort to land the first interview with the governor after his six-day trip to Argentina.
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Discussion: Right Pundits and Don Surber
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Big Picture and MyDD
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Aid for Auto Dealers Gains Traction on Hill
Discussion: Reason and Cato @ Liberty
Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
Antiabortion Leader Randall Terry Returns, Using Same Old Incendiary Tactics
Discussion: The Caucus
Iran could have atomic bomb within 6 months - report
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Obama mulls rental option for some homeowners-sources
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