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10:35 PM ET, May 18, 2009

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Pelosi facing Gingrich-like approval ratings  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As Nancy Pelosi continues to face a firestorm over what she may have known about aggressive government interrogation techniques, and when, a new survey has more unpleasant news for the House Speaker.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Fox News: Focus On Pelosi Changes Subject From Whether To Prosecute Bush Officials  —  Check out this surprisingly candid moment on Fox, where a top network correspondent says that the GOP's attack on Nancy Pelosi over what she knew about torture is a winner for the GOP because it changes …
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Say CIA May Have Misled Pelosi, 41% Disagree
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Matthew Yglesias discusses how the right-wing strategy on torture is backfiring.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Losses Span Nearly All Demographic Groups  —  Only frequent churchgoers show no decline in support since 2001  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gallup Poll: Republican Shrinkage Widespread
Discussion: Politics Daily and MyDD
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gallup: GOP Falls With Nearly Every Group, Down To Conservative, Church-Going Base
The Nation:
‘US special squad killed Benazir’  —  NEW YORK (Online) - Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of the special death squad formed by former US vice-president Dick Cheney, which had already killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and the army chief of that country.
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Thaindian:
US journo claims Bhutto was killed on Cheney's orders
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Huntsman strategist: If Palin and Limbaugh dominate, GOP ‘headed for a blowout’ in 2012  —  The Republican strategist who helped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman prepare for a possible presidential run says the Republican party is in for a devastating defeat if its guiding lights are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney.
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Supreme Court's stealth hard-liner.  —  Chief Justice John Roberts, in 2007.  Photograph by Steve Pyke.  —  KEYWORDS … When John G. Roberts, Jr., emerges from behind the red curtains and takes his place in the middle of the Supreme Court bench, he usually wears a pair of reading glasses …
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court upholds California medical pot law
Discussion: Raw Story
H.D.S. Greenway / New York Times:
Obama's Choice  —  With the resignation of U.S. Supreme Court …
Discussion: Politics Daily
John M. Broder / New York Times:
U.S. to Issue Tougher Fuel Standards for Automobiles  —  WASHINGTON —The Obama administration will issue new national emissions and mileage requirements for cars and light trucks to resolve a long-running conflict among the states, the federal government and auto manufacturers, industry officials said Monday.
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Associated Press:
Steelers' Harrison won't visit Obama … PITTSBURGH — James Harrison plans to pass on another trip to the White House with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  —  Harrison, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, says he'll skip the Super Bowl champion's visit to the White House to meet President Barack Obama …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and The Plank
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT defends Dowd in TPM flap  —  Last night, I reported on the plagiarism allegations leveled against New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd after a passage from a Talking Points Memo post by Josh Marshall ended up in her Sunday column without attribution.  —  On Sunday, Dowd told POLITICO …
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Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Exclusive: Clinton to be named UN special envoy on Haiti  —  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be named a U.N. special envoy on Haiti this week, sources close to the United Nations tell The Cable.  —  A UN official confirmed to The Cable that there would be a formal announcement on this Tuesday.
Discussion: Fox News and The Democratic Daily
Tara Malone / Chicago Tribune:
William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. headline Mideast peace rally  —  Oak Park forum features 2 figures associated with President Barack Obama  —  Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
Ruy Teixeira / Center for American Progress:
Public Opinion Snapshot: Millennials Are a Progressive Generation  —  It's a “New Progressive America” out there, as I argued in my recent Center for American Progress report, with a new demography and a new agenda.  The new demography refers to the array of growing demographic groups …
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Airport security bares all, or does it?  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Privacy advocates plan to call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to suspend use of “whole-body imaging,” the airport security technology that critics say performs “a virtual strip search” and produces “naked” pictures of passengers, CNN has learned.
DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:
Poor?  Pay Up.  —  Having Little Money Often Means No Car, No Washing Machine, No Checking Account And No Break From Fees and High Prices  —  You have to be rich to be poor.  —  That's what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don't understand.
Discussion: Wonk Room, The Foundry and Amygdala
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Smaller But Better Newsweek?  —  Jon Meacham admits it is hard to explain, even to his own people, why chopping Newsweek's circulation in half is a good thing.  —  “It's hugely counterintuitive,” the magazine's editor says.  “The staff doesn't understand it.”
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Introducing The Warrior Legacy Foundation  —  [This is for Schrambo, Cooter, Mikey, Andy, Erik, Shawn, Dup, Kylan, Jason, Sean, Eric, Chance, Mike and many other friends we've lost...]  —  “I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions …
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
George Will's Irritable Mental Gestures  —  It's probably not fair to say that conservatives have no idea, but this entire George Will column is basically the same as the column he wrote about how he hates jeans, except this time it's about how he hates Portland.
Discussion: Streetsblog and Newsweek
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
GOP cashes in on The Boss  —  Bruce Springsteen campaigned aggressively for the past two Democratic presidential candidates, but that didn't stop Republicans from joining Democrats in cashing in on the Boss' Monday night concert in Washington.  —  At least 15 lawmakers and political committees …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism  —  The Ron Paul quarters of the GOP are buzzing about Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) speech to this past weekend's state party convention — a combative performance in which he took on conservative activists and Paul supporters.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Jim Webb flip-flops, now opposes closing Guantanamo  —  To be more precise: He now opposes closing it anytime soon but naturally is A-OK with closing it at some murky, distant time in the future.  Which, as far as I can tell, means he holds the same position on it as George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.
Wall Street Journal:
Soak the Rich, Lose the Rich  —  Americans know how to use the moving van to escape high taxes.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  With states facing nearly $100 billion in combined budget deficits this year, we're seeing more governors than ever proposing the Barack Obama solution to balancing the budget: Soak the rich.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
As Wanda Sykes showed, comedians aren't funny when they try to flatter the president.  —  As a gnarled and grizzled veteran of the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner (it must be almost three decades since I first tuxed up and attended one), I see no reason to miss the chance to comment on the Wanda Sykes phenomenon.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Helen Thomas To Gibbs: ‘What Is The Threat From Iran?’  Prove It!  —  Here we have the ultimate head-in-your-hands moment.  I understand societal standards of decency and respect for the elderly, but every day this woman sits in the front row during the White House Press Briefing asking...
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
 
 
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