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TMZ.com:
Miss California Topless — Oops, She Did It Again  —  Carrie Prejean must have a really, really bad memory — because TMZ uncovered a brand new set of topless photos “biblically correct” Miss California took before she applied for the crown.  —  These pics were taken just last year — meaning Carrie was the ripe ol' LEGAL age of 20.
Mike Sargent / NewsBusters.org:
Contessa Brewer Calls Carrie Prejean A ‘Hater’
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Lede:
Trump Rules: Miss California Is Not Fired
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Jesse Ventura: You Give Me a Water Board, Dick Cheney and One Hour, and I'll Have Him Confess to the Sharon Tate Murders  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  On Larry King Live Jesse Ventura takes on the Bush administration chickenhawks and Rush Limbaugh, and defends Colin Powell.
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Conservatives may buck Crist  —  The expected announcement Tuesday by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist that he's running for the Senate would seem to be a rare bit of good news for beleaguered Republicans.  —  But while Crist is a brand-name recruit with sky-high approval ratings and bipartisan appeal …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War: Conservative Candidate Uses Image Of Obama To Attack Moderate GOPer  —  Another mark of just how far to the right the GOP has moved:  —  Barely moments after the news broke that Governor and stimulus-supporter Charlie Crist has entered the Florida GOP primary …
Discussion: TPMDC
Rachel Kapochunas / CQ Politics:
Crist's Senate Bid Flips CQ Ratings on Florida Races
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama administration threatens Britain to keep torture evidence concealed  —  (updated below)  —  Ever since he was released from Guantanamo in February after six years of due-process-less detention and brutal torture, Binyam Mohamed has been attempting to obtain justice for what was done to him.
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Inhofe: 200 ‘hard core terrorists’ to be ‘turned loose’ in U.S.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Obama threatens to limit U.S. intel with Brits
Discussion: The Daily Dish
The White House:
Clearing the Air  —  Media reports today are suggesting that OMB has found fault with EPA's proposed finding that emissions of greenhouse gases from motor vehicles contribute to air pollution that endangers public health and welfare.  Any reports suggesting that OMB was opposed to the finding are unfounded.
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Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
White House memo challenges EPA finding on warming
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
OMB memo raises doubts about EPA findings
Discussion: Hot Air
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
What if Cheney's Right?  —  Blogger Alert: I have written a column in defense of Dick Cheney.  I know how upsetting this will be to some Cheney critics, and I count myself as one, who think — in respectful paraphrase of what Mary McCarthy said about Lillian Hellman — that everything he says is a lie, including the ands and the thes.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   CAN RICHARD COHEN REMEMBER THE COLUMN HE WROTE TWO WEEKS AGO?
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Rove: Ending Torture Gives Terrorists 'A Tool To Make It More …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Soda Tax Weighed to Pay for Health Care  —  Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system.  —  The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans …
Timothy F. Geithner / ssa.gov:
A MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC:  —  Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs.  This message summarizes our 2009 Annual Reports.  —  The financial condition of the Social Security and Medicare programs remains challenging.
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Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Insolvency for Social Security and Medicare Is Seen Closer
Discussion: New America Blogs and Wonk Room
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Obama to Reverse on Release of Detainee Treatment Photos?  —  From White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs's press briefing today: … This sounds to me as if the president is getting ready to reverse the decision of his Justice Department.  I expect him to announce …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Palin distinguishes herself as the only governor to refuse energy conservation funds.  —  Every single governor except Sarah Palin (R-AK) has written to Energy Secretary Steven Chu accepting millions of stimulus dollars meant to increase energy conservation and efficiency.
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Dermot Cole / newsminer.com • Fairbanks, Alaska:   Statewide energy code not necessary to qualify for federal conservation money
Lt. Daniel Choi / CNN:
Gay soldier: Don't fire me  —  • Military … Open Letter to President Obama and Every Member of Congress:  —  I have learned many lessons in the ten years since I first raised my right hand at the United States Military Academy at West Point and committed to fighting for my country.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel  —  Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month's “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that's being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.”  —  The Republican Governors Association …
Discussion: The Note, RedState and Hot Air
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
It's A Good Time To Work For Uncle Sam  —  President Obama's call last year for “shared sacrifice” doesn't extend to federal employees, at least based on the details of his administration's 2010 budget released this week.  —  At a time when the official unemployment rate is nearing double digits …
Discussion: theblogprof and Townhall.com
The Plank:
Obama Breaks With Gates, Cancels Nuke Program  —  Obama's new budget plan includes a little-noted sea change in U.S. nuclear policy, and a step towards his vision of a denuclearized world.  It provides no funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead program, created to design a new generation …
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
Sometimes Silence Is Golden  —  The GOP Would Be Well-Advised To Take A Page From The Democratic Playbook And Steer Clear Of Politically Divisive Issues  —  The other day, a Republican campaign operative whose experience dates back to George H.W. Bush's White House political office was lamenting …
Discussion: Open Left and Balloon Juice
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
How ObamaCare Will Affect Your Doctor  —  Expect longer waits for appointments as physicians get pinched on reimbursements.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  At the heart of President Barack Obama's health-care plan is an insurance program funded by taxpayers, administered by Washington, and open to everyone.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Donklephant
wbaltv.com:
Dead Woman Gets Federal Stimulus Check  —  ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — Millions of Americans on Social Security are receiving $250 checks as part of the president's stimulus plan — including an Anne Arundel woman who died more than 40 years ago.  —  The woman's son, 83-year-old James Hagner …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Can Mitch Daniels Save the GOP?  —  (AP Photo/Indianapolis Star, Frank Espich)  —  Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered a condemnation of the “Baby Boomer” and a call for generational change during a recent commencement address at Butler University, a speech drawing considerable national attention …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Megan McArdle:
The Risk of Debt  —  So why should we worry about the ability of the government to borrow?  For the past decade, at least, the American government has been able to borrow pretty much all the money it wanted without seeming to pay much of a price in terms of higher interest rates.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 
 
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