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Another Name on President Obama's Supreme Court Short List  —  Last Friday we told you that President Obama's short list of possible nominees to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court contains fewer than 10 names.  —  We told you that 7th circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood …
Matthew DeLong / Washington Post:
Republicans say Obama's Supreme Court pick must be mainstream  —  Senate Republican leaders declined to rule out a filibuster of President Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, if they think the pick falls outside the judicial mainstream.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Senate Dems plan a busy schedule as SCOTUS debate looms
Ezra Klein:
The political case for immigration reform  —  I'd say it's pretty unlikely that comprehensive immigration reform happens this year.  But then, who cares what I think?  Harry Reid is in charge of the Senate, and he says he's got 56 votes, and it's gonna happen.
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Bill to extend jobless benefits faces Senate showdown  —  Congress is poised for another partisan showdown over extending unemployment insurance, as concerns about the growing budget deficit have complicated the path forward for an otherwise popular program.
Washington Post:
Millions of unemployed may never recover  —  WASHINGTON — Despite recent job gains, one grim statistic casts a long shadow over the recovering economy and the futures of more than 6 million workers: Fully 44 percent of the nation's 15 million unemployed have been out of work for more than six months.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Congress sees no budget rush
Discussion: Firedoglake and The New Republic
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Sarah Palin- “I Love Marco Rubio!”  —  The 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Convention (SRLC) in New Orleans featured a star-studded line up of prominent Republican politcos, headlined by former Governor Sarah Palin.  —  Palin's speech was well received, but it was what she said immediately afterwards that was most newsworthy.
Lpratapas / CNN:
Ron Paul backs Steele at RNC
Discussion: The Politico
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:   The two Republican Parties: Do we still need the Senate?
New York Times:
1994 Republican Rout Is Casting Shadow in 2010  —  WASHINGTON — The year was 1994.  Congressional Democrats were battered after a failed fight to pass a health care bill.  It was the first midterm election for a new Democratic president, Bill Clinton.  By overwhelming numbers …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Political pendulum in Michigan swings away from the Democrats
Discussion: The Page
John Harwood / The Caucus:
Conflicting Signs for Midterm Elections
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Jamie Guzzardo / CNN:
Conn. bishops fight sex abuse bill  —  Hartford, Connecticut (CNN) — A bill in Connecticut's legislature that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has sparked a fervent response from the state's Roman Catholic bishops, who released a letter to parishioners Saturday imploring them to oppose the measure.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DAVID GREGORY'S SENSE OF FACT-CHECKING.... The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz noted this morning that NBC's “Meet the Press,” still the most watched Sunday public affair show, is poised to undergo some cosmetic changes.  It will not, however, follow ABC's lead on the fact-checking front.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   Media Notes: Are newspaper critics old hat amid the flood of online critics?
John Tierney / New York Times:
Hallucinogens Have Doctors Tuning In Again  —  As a retired clinical psychologist, Clark Martin was well acquainted with traditional treatments for depression, but his own case seemed untreatable as he struggled through chemotherapy and other grueling regimens for kidney cancer.  Counseling seemed futile to him.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House kills Hillary SCOTUS buzz  —  The White House moved quickly today to squelch the widening speculation that Hillary Clinton could be nominated to the Supreme Court, as Senator Orrin Hatch suggested this morning.  —  “The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job …
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Crunch time for climate change bill
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Tea Party Rallies Remain a Cauldron for Conspiracy Theories  —  The Tea Party Express has toured state after state trying to kick up a debate about constitutional rights and cast doubt on the legality of the recently passed health care overhaul, all with an eye toward the 2010 elections.
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
An Angry Progressive's Picture Is Worth A Thousand “Angry, Right-Wing” Words  —  I want to commend Boston's progressive Left for the outstanding job they're doing fighting the hate-mongering of Sarah Palin and the Tea Partiers in advance of Wednesday's rally on Boston Common.
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Zazi, Al Qaeda pals planned rush-hour attack on Grand Central, Times Square subway stations  —  Chilling new details about the foiled Al Qaeda plot to blow up the city's busiest subways have emerged as a fourth suspect was quietly arrested in Pakistan, the Daily News has learned.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Russian President says what distinguishes Obama ‘from many other people’ is that he is ‘a thinker.’  —  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, one of 47 world leaders gathering for the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to relay his country's concerns ahead of the summit.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama: We're still working on our democracy  —  President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.  —  The remarks came as Obama met …
Conan O'Brien coming to TBS … And the winner of the Conan O'Brien sweepstakes is ... TBS.  —  According to a press release sent out by the cable network (which, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner), the comedian is joining TBS to host a late-night show that is expected to debut in November.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
GAO: Postal Service business ‘not viable’  —  Happy Monday!  The U.S. Postal Service's current business model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Better Pope  —  The world didn't always agree with Pope John Paul II, but it always seemed to love him.  Handsome and charismatic, with an actor's flair and a statesman's confidence, he transformed the papacy from an Italian anachronism into a globe-trotting phenomenon.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Repealing health bill GOP's ‘number one priority’
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Dems to push unemployment extension, eye yearlong fix soon
Discussion: The Politico
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John Vidal / Guardian:
Leak reveals US climate strategy
Discussion: Dot Earth
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
TIMING THE RECOVERY  —  Given high unemployment and flat wages …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Romney wades into Hawaii special election, raises $1.5 million for PAC
Terry Macalister / Guardian:
US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015