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The GOP shapes a strategy for Sotomayor's nomination, and North Korea puts the U.S. to the test. Plus: Should Bernanke Stay on as Fed Chairman?

• The Supreme Court confirmation process "has long been mired in the culture wars" President Obama "has pledged to move beyond - a pledge that his choice of Sonia Sotomayor is carefully calibrated to respect," the Financial Times maintains.

E. J. Dionne Jr. believes that Obama "was drawn to" Sotomayor "not simply because the politics of naming the first Latina justice were irresistible, but also because he saw her as the precise opposite of Chief Justice John Roberts."

 

• "The main question about her confirmation is the choice it presents to Republicans." David S. Broder notes that "they are unlikely to defeat or even delay her elevation."

• "Democrats will win the [confirmation] vote, but Republicans can win the argument by making a clear case against the judicial activism she represents," Karl Rove argues.

Dana Milbank doesn't think White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is being very forthright about Sotomayor's "wise Latina woman" comments.

 

Margaret Carlson sees this high court nomination as an "opportunity for the opposition to display its wares. But" Obama "pitched a fast ball, low and inside, leaving only the party's truest believers itching for a fight."

• The Los Angeles Times wants the Senate's Republican minority to accord Sotomayor "the same respect it demanded for" George W. Bush's "nominees and end the tiresome tit-for-tat that has cheapened the confirmation of federal judges."

• "Obama had much to say about the glass ceiling he is smashing on behalf of Hispanics and nothing to say about the glass ceiling the California Supreme Court is reimposing on gays," Joan Vennochi fumes.

• "Some people think we're paying too much attention to former Vice President Dick Cheney." Ruth Marcus thinks "we may be paying too little."

 

• Recounting a recent interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, David Ignatius explains why he thinks Obama should reappoint Bernanke to this position when his term ends in January.

• "To understand why the woes of California's economy threaten the nation's, we must understand the state's road to insolvency," Harold Meyerson explains.

Gail Collins is baffled at the "strange" process by which students receive college loans, and she supports the government's idea to cut out the "middleman," the private lending company Sallie Mae.

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• The Wall Street Journal takes issue with the binding arbitration part of the Employee Free Choice Act. "The more accurate term would be federal wage setting," the board scoffs.

• "If you want to tell whether someone is conservative or liberal, what are a couple of completely nonpolitical questions that will give a good clue?" Referencing new studies, Nicholas D. Kristof offers some speculation.

• "Diplomacy -- backed by stiff sanctions -- is the only hope for walking North Korea back from the brink," the New York Times contends. "And for now, China -- not Washington -- is the prime player."

• "Distracted by a cascading economy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, swine flu and a resurgent Iran," Obama's "focus hasn't been on North Korea. This week's nuclear test was" leader Kim Jong Il's "way of saying he won't be ignored," William Pesek notes.

• The Washington Post weighs in on who it thinks Obama should address his attention to while in Egypt.

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