Saturday, April 10, 2010
April 9, 2010
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and CHARLIE SAVAGE, The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The announcement by Justice John Paul Stevens on Friday that he would retire at the end of this term gives President Obama the rare opportunity to make back-to-back appointments to the Supreme Court during the first two years of his presidency.
But it also presents Mr. Obama with a complex political challenge: getting a nominee confirmed in the thick of a midterm election season, when Republicans, fueled by the intensity of their conservative base, are angling to knock him down, and Democrats, despite having lost their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, are eager to flex their muscles after passing a landmark health care bill.
Click here to read more about the Supreme Court vacancy fight.
Blogger's Note: A former solicitor general under Bill Clinton is quoted in the article...and I hope this is what Obama does: “I think that in choosing a Supreme Court justice,” Mr. Dellinger said, “the president is less likely to compromise and more likely to go with his heart than on any other matter.”
Monday, April 5, 2010
April 4, 2010
By KATE ZERNIKE, The New York Times
LAS VEGAS — The television cameras went 60 miles south, to where Sarah Palin kicked off the “Showdown in Searchlight.”
But come the midterm elections, what may be more significant is what is happening here, in a dark condominium where the Home Depot tags are still on the lawn chairs that double as indoor seating for guests.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
Catcher in the Rye' Author Leaves Behind Tales of Teen Angst
January 29, 2010
J.D. Salinger, author of the popular book "Catcher in the Rye," leaves behind a legacy of debate over literature as a valuable and contentious resource.
Author Jerome David Salinger died Wednesday at the age of 91. Better known by his initials,J. D....
Click here to read more about the PBS tribute to Salinger.
April 4, 2010
By MAUREEN DOWD, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
The Devil didn’t make me do it.
The facts did.
Father Gabriele Amorth, the chief exorcist for the Holy See, said in Rome that The Times’s coverage of Pope Benedict, which cast doubt on his rigor in dealing with pedophile priests, was “prompted by the Devil.
” Click here to read more Maureen Dowd.