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Saturday, May 2, 2009

“As a Professor, a Pragmatist About the Supreme Court”: Sunday’s edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, “Many American presidents have been lawyers, but almost none have come to office with Barack Obama’s knowledge of the Supreme Court.” Linda Greenhouse will have a Week in Review article headlined “David H. Souter: Justice Unbound.” And the newspaper will also contain an editorial entitled “Justice Souter Departs.”

Today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal contains articles headlined “Obama to Seek a Justice Attuned to ‘Daily Realities’; Many Liberals Floated as Possible Souter Successors, but Democrats Fear a Prolonged Battle That Could Stall Broader Agenda” and “A Case Study in Unforeseen Legal Views.” The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Succeeding Souter: Will Obama send a left-wing Scalia to the High Court?

The Washington Post today contains an article headlined “Successor To Souter Anticipated By October; Obama Says New Judge Will Blend Respect for Constitution, ‘Empathy’” and an editorial enttiled “More Souters: The qualities President Obama should seek in filling the shoes of a fine justice.”

And online at National Journal, Stuart Taylor Jr. has an essay entitled “12 Points To Consider In Replacing Souter.”

Posted at 11:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Hearings for Nominee Will Reflect a Reversal”: The New York Times on Sunday will contain an article that begins, “The tables will be turned as a Democratic Senate prepares to consider the Supreme Court nominee of a Democratic president for the first time in 15 years, reversing the control Republicans held over the last two appointments to the court.”

Posted at 5:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Best Judges Obama Can’t Pick”: Sunday in The Washington Post, Benjamin Wittes will have an op-ed that begins, “What do Merrick Garland, David Tatel and Jose Cabranes have in common?”

Posted at 1:23 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Last Conservative: How Souter ended up disappointing conservatives by being … conservative.” Gordon Silverstein has this essay online at The New Republic.

Posted at 1:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obama calls ’empathy’ key to Supreme Court pick; Interest groups are already lobbying for a woman, minority or solid liberal to succeed Justice David Souter; Obama says he puts empathy, intelligence and independence before ideology”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times. Carol J. Williams has an article headlined “Key Souter cases on Supreme Court: The justice moved in a liberal direction over his 18-year tenure.” The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Replacing Souter: Obama appears to be looking for real-world experience in a successor to the retiring justice.”’s Tony Mauro reports that “Souter’s Retirement Sets Stage for Nomination Fight.”

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that “Obama pledges careful choice to replace Souter.”

And has articles headlined “Obama vows his Supreme Court nominee will be in touch with challenges“; “New Justice may reignite abortion fight“; “Obama’s Court pick: What he has to gain“; and “GOP gears up for Court fight.”

Posted at 11:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Overusing ‘state secrets privilege’: An appeals court was right to rule for the plaintiffs in five ‘extraordinary rendition’ cases.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman