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8:35 PM ET, May 21, 2009

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Text of Cheney's AEI Speech  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained an advance copy of VP Cheney's remarks as prepared for delivery later this morning at the American Enterprise Institute.  I've read it quickly.  I think fair-minded people will find it very well-argued and powerful.
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The Corner:
Cheney vs. Obama  —  Two speeches, two very different men.  Former Vice President Cheney seeks no political future.  He speaks from the vantage of one who witnessed the killing of our fellow citizens, who deliberated and defined the strategy that would successfully prevent further murders of our fellow Americans.
New York Times:
Text: Obama's Speech on National Security  —  Following is a text of President Obama's prepared speech on Thursday on national security issues.  —  These are extraordinary times for our country.  We are confronting an historic economic crisis.  We are fighting two wars.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney vs. Obama: A Mismatch  —  I've read both speeches.  —  Obama's is the speech of a young senator who was once a part-time law professor—platitudinous and preachy, vague and pseudo-thoughtful in an abstract kind of way.  This sentence was revealing: “On the other hand …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Opinionator
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: U.S. went ‘off course’ on terror  —  President Barack Obama declared defiantly Thursday that the U.S. “went off course” in fighting terrorism over the past eight years, and said his policies will “better protect” the country against al Qaeda.  —  In a major address at the National Archives …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's civil liberties speech  —  Obama's speech this morning, like most Obama speeches, made pretty points in rhetorically effective ways about the Constitution, our values, transparency, oversight, the state secrets privilege, and the rule of law.  But his actions, in many critical cases, have repeatedly run afoul of those words.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Pronunciations
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cheney Secrecy & War Crimes Blogging
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Returns To Persuasion Mode
Discussion: Democracy in America
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Pelosi Gets Poor Marks for Handling Interrogation Matter  —  More disapprove than approve of speaker's response  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans disapprove than approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of the matter concerning the government's use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects.
Discussion: Don Surber and The Swamp
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Associated Press:
House rejects probe into Pelosi CIA claims  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats on Thursday defeated a Republican push to investigate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claims that the CIA misled her in 2002 about whether waterboarding had been used against terrorism suspects.
Fox News:
Dems Swat Down GOP Demand for Probe of Pelosi CIA Claims
Discussion: Weekly Standard
CNN:
CNN Poll: Favorable opinion of Dick Cheney on the rise  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As Dick Cheney prepares to give a major speech on the battle against terrorism, a new national poll suggests that favorable opinions of the former vice president are on the rise.  —  But the CNN/Opinion Research …
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Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Obama ‘Distracted’ by Biden's ‘Indiscipline,’ Book Asserts  —  The president is so “distracted by his vice president's indiscipline” that he has been forced to rebuke privately Vice President Biden, according to a new book by Richard Wolffe.  —  FOXNews.com
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Speed Reading Clerk Reads Stalling Amendment To House Climate Change Legislation  —  Earlier today, we reported that Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have taken an extraordinary measure to combat nefarious Republican stall tactics.  Faced with the possibility …
Discussion: Climate Progress and Wonkette
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Cleverly Thwart ‘Nefarious’ …
Discussion: Hot Air
Charlie Crist / tbo.com:
Secure our future responsibly  —  Last year I supported Sen. John McCain for president.  Despite these efforts, the American public chose Barack Obama as the person they wanted in the White House to confront the worst financial market turmoil since the Great Depression and the worst recession in a generation.
The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Demands “A Damn Apology” From The View (AUDIO)  —  Here's the latest dumbassed escalation in the Glenn Beck versus The View story!  Beck is now demanding apologies from the View for accusing him of lying.  GLENN BECK HAS CHECKED AND RECHECKED HIS MINUTIAE BY CRACKEE, and needs reparations!
Reason:
Replacing Justice Souter  —  With Supreme Court Justice David Souter set to retire next month at the end of the Court's current term, President Barack Obama faces one of the most important decisions of his tenure.  Reason.com asked a panel of leading legal scholars and commentators for their views …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Pew Research Center:
Independents Take Center Stage in Obama Era  —  Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2009  —  Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama era begins.  The political values and core attitudes that the Pew Research Center has monitored since 1987 show little overall ideological movement.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Congressman: We're going to Disney  —  Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.  —  So on Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first …
Megan McArdle:
The Road to Bankruptcy  —  At the end of his book's harrowing account of mortgage mistakes and credit card crises, Edmund Andrews writes: “While our misadventure had certainly been more extreme than those of many other Americans, our situation was not all that unusual.”
Media Matters Action Network:
RNC Hits Obama For Criticizing Slavery … RNC: as he prepares to deliver remarks in hall that holds the constitution, flashback obama: “constitution flawed” http://bit.ly/tFL7O #RNC [Twitter, 5/21/09]  —  FACT: Obama Explains The Constitution's “Fundamental Flaw” Was Slavery.
Discussion: Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Nashville Effect  —  Two members of rock-n-roll royalty are getting married.  A couple of weeks ago, news broke that White Stripes drummer Meg White and guitarist Jackson Smith (son of legendary MC5 founder the late Fred “Sonic” Smith and singer-songwriter Patti Smith) plan to tie the knot later this month.
Mayfly / community.feministing.com:
I had an abortion.  (And I don't regret it!)  —  This is the story of my abortion.  If you're against abortion or you are easily grossed out by talk of graphic surgical procedures, don't read. :)  —  I had an abortion last month.  It was probably the hardest choice I've ever had to make.
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Daley Gator
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Crisis 18% salary slash for California officials isn't 100% what it seems  —  Boy oh boy, did California voters show bickering state officials a thing or two with their slam-dunk downing of five out of six financial propositions in Tuesday's voting.  As The Ticket reported then, they didn't just say No; they said No way!
Discussion: GayPatriot
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
Dissecting the Republican Health Care Plan (Part 2)
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David Waldman / Congress Matters:
Obama meets with civil liberties advocates
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Culture wars return to D.C.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Porn star: panel to explore possible Senate run
Maggie Gallagher / The Corner:
The Trouble with Social Conservatives
Discussion: Politics Daily and AmSpecBlog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barbour To Iowa  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will make a trip …
Jordan Weissmann / The BLT:
Justice Breyer: Judges Need Voice in the Cabinet
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Los Angeles Times:
California braces for brutal budget cuts
Discussion: American Power, Reason and L.A. Now
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FCC's Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts
Discussion: Raw Story and Techdirt