The Day In Politics, 6/1

By Staff

Today, we learned that Sonia Sotomayor's former clerks are recommending her for SCOTUS confirmation; Democrats are hitting six Republicans for opposing the stimulus; the White House issued strict guidelines to reporters traveling to Riyadh; the GOP is whiter, demographically, than the Democratic Party; Nancy Reagan said President Obama could have scored points by inviting her to his stem cell announcement; Michael Moore said goodbye to GM; Obama recognized gay pride month; and Sarah Palin worries about the pro-life movement after the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.

We also meditated on the political challenges of restructuring GM; how much of the economy the government really owns (it's not much); CIA technology and its role in the surge; the speech debate around Tiller's assassination; and whether South Carolina stimulus spending will end up in the Supreme Court.

Tomorrow: Obama departs for Saudi Arabia; Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is in China; the House votes on a resoultion recognizing the ""20th anniversary of the brutal suppression of protesters and citizens in and around Tiananmen Square"; Vice President Joe Biden holds a roundtable discussion with business leaders in New York on the stimulus; and the Senate votes on the confirmation of assistant EPA administrator nominee Regina McCarthy.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/06/the-day-in-politics-6-1/18605/