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  • The fight over Souter’s replacement on the SCOTUS
    From The Politico

    The top candidate, on paper, is Sotomayor, 54, a Clinton appointee to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She meets the empathy criteria, having grown up poor in the South Bronx, as well as Obama’s preference for sterling credentials, having graduated from Yale Law School.

    Even before Souter’s retirement was formally announced, some in the GOP already say they’re gearing up for a fight with Obama over his nominee, particularly if he picks Sotomayor. “The GOP obviously does not have much power in D.C. these days, but just like we helped ourselves by opposing the deficit-busting stimulus, opposing left-wing nominees like her is our path back to the majority,” one Republican source said.

    Souter’s Retirement Sets Stage for Nomination Fight

    Obama may break with tradition for high court pick

    Obama to Seek a Justice Attuned to ‘Daily Realities’

    James Walcott reads Ed Whelan from NRO who “lays out the staggering toll facing the nation once Souter’s seat is filled by an Ivy League amalgam of William Kunstler, Susan Sarandon, and Richard Dawkins’ selfish gene dressed in a Che Guevara t-shirt.” He goes through the “horror list” and does his darndest best to assuage Whelan’s angst
    Radical Left-Wing Agenda to Raise Army of Clones


  • GOP Quo vadis?
    Here is SC Senator Jim DeMint’s reaction after Senator Specter switched parties:
    “I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.” (Sweet Jesus may that wish be granted!)

    The good Senator from SC took his case to the op-ed page of the WSJ in a column oxymoronically titled
    How Republicans Can Build a Big-Tent Party

    Here’s Kimberly Strassel from on the same pages
    The GOP After Specter

    Once she was done drooling all over Obama’s performance during his last press conference (I didn’t know she had much drool left after slobbering for years all over George Bush), Peggy Noonan also offered her 2c
    ‘Shrink to Win’ Isn’t Much of a Strategy

    Tobin Harshaw at the NYTimes Opinionator has a very good compendium of the debate
    Weekend Opinionator: Souter, Specter and the Future of the G.O.P.


  • I know it’s already the 102nd(?) day of the Obama administration but we can still catch up and we will. Preety Aroon from the FP Blog has a
    Roundup of Hillary Clinton’s first 100 days


  • What should we do about the “swine” flu?
    Why Swine Flu Isn’t So Scary

    Flu fighters warn against complacency, seek clues

    Nestlé bans staff travel to US

    A Spotty Response to the Flu Threat

    Gail Collins chimes in
    Joe Biden, the Flu and You


  • Oh no! Obama to his Liberal base: “So long suckers”. Again. Is it status quo we’re smelling?
    U.S. May Revive Guantánamo Military Courts (h/t myiq2xu)

    The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.


  • We’re not quite done with Iraq (will we ever) but the next nightmare is already here
    US faces Iraq-like spending problems in Afghanistan

    The US record on reconstruction spending in Iraq continues to be less than stellar, lawmakers complain, raising fears that US spending in Afghanistan could be plagued by the same kinds of excess and lack of accountability.

    Gates reluctant to bolster U.S. Afghan force further

    As it leaves Iraq, Britain looks warily to Afghanistan

    Pakistan is fighting the Taliban
    Pakistan gains some ground against Taliban


  • The latest from “Torturegate”
    The lowly prison guards jailed for “prisoners abuse” are sick of being scapegoated and are asking themselves while they are sitting there. Somebody tell Condoleezza Rice.
    ‘Abu Ghraib US prison guards were scapegoats for Bush’ lawyers claim

    Prison guards jailed for abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq are planning to appeal against their convictions on the ground that recently released CIA torture memos prove that they were scapegoats for the Bush Administration.


  • Thoughts on the Chrysler Bankruptcy
    Union Takes Rare Front Seat in Chrysler Deal

    The Business Week: Chrysler’s Holdouts

    Why we should thank the Chrysler hold-outs (Felix Salmon)


  • What did the Monte Carlo simulation performed on the banks tell us?
    Stress test results to be released on Thursday
  • Citi Said to Need Up to $10 Billion


  • Life in The Big Apple is about to become even more expensive
    Bloomberg Proposes Sales Tax Increase


  • This wasn’t Jane Harman’s doing, was it?
    U.S. Drops Case Against Ex-Lobbyists
    Former AIPAC Employees Faced Espionage Charges


  • Women are on the march.
    Girl power: Is there a new revolution in China?

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    1. And a few more Jr.jr type news:
      Guantanamo won’t totally close and military tribunals – still on the table
      http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/jrjr-military-tribunals-not-so-bad-when-i-do-it/

    2. “Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong.”

      Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of the conservative blog Red State:

      The nation loses the only goat f**king child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter’s retirement.

    3. Oh, and the chance of those Abu Grahib prison guards lawsuit? Not so good from where I look at it.

    4. Last night Bill Moyers had an excellent segment on torture used during the Bush administration. “……..Bruce Fein, former deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, and Mark Danner, who has been reporting on the US treatment and interrogation of detainees for the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, talk to Bill Moyers about what the Red Cross report on detainee interrogation means for the United States.”

      http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/05012009/profile.html

      Both men made a good case for investigations and accountability all the way up the chain of command. Neither thinks it should be ignored as any “way forward.” Their arguments are reasoned, passionate and compelling.

      The implication seemed to be that they were calling on Obama to do the right thing. Only if it is somehow made politically expedient, IMO.

    5. Anybody know why our Madam Secretary was dissing Lou Dobbs yesterday at a press conference? That came as an unwelcome surprise. I’ve never really picked up on that before. Lou is a stalwart supporter of the middle class and the rule of law. Although they differ some regarding illegal immigration, they should be on the same team.

      • How can they be on the same team? Hillary is on Barack’s team. Lou Dobbs dislikes Barack and vice versa.

        • Dobbs is one of those guys who will say something reasonable and sensible, and you think “What a smart fellow”

          Then he says something else and you think “What an asshole”

        • I guess I meant philosophically since he’s an Independent.

      • I found that an unpleasant surprise as well. Generally I’m not a defender of Dobbs, but it was asking for trouble when Hillary agreed with the questioner that ” who cares what Lou Dobbs thinks.” …well, right or wrong, millions of Americans do and he was one of the few who, at least now and then, stuck up for Hill during the primary . But mostly such a thing is meat and drink to him and if she really wanted to keep speculation about “world governance “low, she would not have chimed in. Nothing gets a media figure’s attention faster than being singled out.

        But I have to say she seemed tired….fab as always, but tired. As far as I’m concerned she’s CO- POTUS and doing most of the work .

        • I agree. He’s not irrelevant and she needs to get some rest.

    6. Oh goody:

      The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.

      I hope Barack is wearing asbestos boxers, cuz pretty soon his pants are going to burst into flame.

    7. This will be interesting to watch.
      My money is on the discredited republican minority jamming up the SCOTUS nomination process and the Democrat leadership soiling their adult diapers in frustration.
      Harry Reid will then issue some bluster to the media only to back down and apologize the next day.

    8. I just got through going through Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people on the planet.

      Guess what? Gov. Sarah Palin is on it…i guess to me it’s not so much she is on it, it’s all the others that are not on it…….and there’s always that question repubs are asked, “who do you see being the leading contender for the 2012 elections, while we know mccain left her out on the jay leno show, and several others seemed to have done the same, maybe they
      need to ask themselves, why they werent on this list?

      just my thoughts on an early saturday morning

    9. MrMike, on May 2nd, 2009 at 9:38 am

      lol! We have seen that movie over and over. a GOP minority somehow always seems able to dictate to a Dem majority. However one of the major things tying the GOP hands, IMO, is that Barry is keeping up the flow of our grandchilren’s money to the top .999%. They can’t bring themsleves to get tough as long as he does that. When he stops, the GOP will stop treading water so much. It’s about the money.

    10. As the case load mounted in April, Mexico, which lacks the sophisticated tests that identify a new flu strain, sent samples to a Canadian laboratory that quickly identified the new swine flu virus. Mexico bypassed the C.D.C. for fear of getting slowed by paperwork, a complaint that needs investigation.

      Hemmm…. This is very interesting an needs to be fixed ASAP!

      • Mexico going to a Canadian laboratory with such a job , rather than the US , is pretty smart. It’s like asking a cousin to investigate something sensitive for you rather than your spouse.

        • Yup, especially since it turns out there were two cases in the US (they are now saying it could have started here :shock:) and the CDC is only now taking a look see. Smart move indeed.

      • Is there anything left of the CDC after Bush?

        • Don’t know, but it is good to know that we can send samples to Canada and maybe California should consider that, the next time around. Oh, and Canada has Universal Health Care, so huh to those Republicans…science does proceed onward with Universal Health Care.

        • It’s been 100 days. It’s time to stop putting this on Bush. If the CDC lacks resources it is because Barack Obama has not taken the time to committ those resources. Just as I did not like Bush blaming Clinton for the economy, I am not excepting Bush is to blame for any failures at the CDC at this point and time.

          Its time that leadership mean taking responsibility for what is going on around you, not playing pin the blame on whoever happens to be handy.

    11. Joe Biden, the Flu and You
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/02/opinion/02collins.html?ref=opinion
      Semihysteria is the easy political path. Anxious Americans appreciate politicians’ eagerness to assure us that we’re not only right, we’re under-reacting — maybe being overly stoic when we should be camping out in the emergency room, just in case.

      Take a deep breath. Wash your hands. And for Joe’s sake, stay out of closed containers.
      ….
      mablue2,

      Thanks for the link to New York Times article, the closing is funny. 😆
      I found this:
      Joe Biden: Hoof & Mouth… Swine Flu Style

      • The timing of Joe’s gaff seemed almost to be part of the 100 days celebration ! lol!

    12. Take a break from the swine….visit the ORIOLES, which have returned here. Also, a critique of “Critter Ridder” and some monstrous pollen!!

      Saturday Sanity: The Antidote to the Madness (May 2, 2009) Orioles!

      http://openrangeramblings.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/saturday-sanity-the-antidote-to-the-madness-may-2-2009/

      • I hope so…she needs to start producing the next generation. I’m only half kidding.

      • The range of comments was bizarre – from the vicious hate to very kind. What makes people think they HAVE to attack a perfect stranger like that?

        • They can’t help themselves. The jealousy and feeling inferior kicks in and they are off . Bill and Hillary generate this stuff because they are so great. Many like feeling superior to national figures….With Bill and Hill, it’s tough to do! lol!

        • That’s what morons call “snark”

      • good for i wish her the best she deserves it…

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