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1:45 PM ET, May 23, 2009

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Andie Coller / The Politico:
RNC's below-the-belt shot at Pelosi  —  She's the 69-year-old speaker of the House of Representatives, second in the line of succession and the most powerful woman in U.S. history.  —  But when you see Nancy Pelosi, the Republican National Committee wants you to think “Pussy Galore.”
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
The GOP's new tool: Huffington Post  —  When Tom Coburn wanted to pitch his criticism of the Democrats' health care plan last month, the senator's office considered sympathetic media outlets like The Wall Street Journal and the conservative blog RedState.  —  Instead, the Oklahoma Republican went with The Huffington Post.
New York Times:
Cheney Seeks Book Deal on Bush Years and More  —  WASHINGTON — With his sustained blitz of television appearances and speeches, former Vice President Dick Cheney has established himself as perhaps the leading Republican voice against President Obama.  —  Not a bad time, then …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN ALTERNATIVE MOTIVATION.... So, why has Dick Cheney been so desperate to hit the airwaves as part of his crusade against the White House?  Explanations differ, but his desire to sell a memoir to publishers might have at least something to do with his efforts.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
After Reviewing CIA Records, Lawmakers Still Divided on Interrogation Briefings  —  Lawmakers Divided After Reviewing CIA's Notes on Pelosi Session  —  Sequestered in rooms buried deep within the Capitol and requiring top-secret clearances to enter, members of the House and Senate intelligence committees …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
From Olbermann  —  This out from MSNBC ...  If you haven't seen the Mancow waterboarding, you can see the full video here.  It's powerful on a number of different levels.  —  The upshot is that the guy goes into it in cocky Hannity mode and then after maybe 5 or 6 seconds he struggles …
Washington Post:
In TV Appearance, Powell Plans To Answer Right-Wing Critics  —  Under intense fire from the right, former secretary of state Colin L. Powell is preparing to answer his Republican critics this weekend in a television appearance that is likely to add fuel to his long-standing feud with top conservatives in his party.
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
California Supreme Court to rule on Proposition 8 Tuesday  —  The California Supreme Court announced today that it will rule Tuesday on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that resurrected a ban on same-sex marriage.  —  The ruling, which will be posted at 10 a.m. …
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Drudge Report:
'WE'RE OUT OF MONEY'  —  In a sobering holiday interview with C-SPAN, President Obama boldly told Americans: “We are out of money.”  —  C-SPAN host Steve Scully broke from a meek Washington press corps with probing questions for the new president.  —  SCULLY: You know the numbers …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Conservative Radio Host Has Himself Waterboard to Prove It's Not Torture, Realizes He Was Wrong  —  Via John Chait, it seems that conservative talk radio host Eric “Mancow” Muller decided it would be a fun stunt to have himself waterboarded in order to prove that it's not really torture.
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
President's Detention Plan Tests American Legal Tradition  —  President Obama's proposal for a new legal system in which terrorism suspects could be held in “prolonged detention” inside the United States without trial would be a departure from the way this country sees itself …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and TalkLeft
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
VIDEO: Obama honors Memorial Day  —  President Barack Obama called on the nation “to pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and to remember the servicemen and women who cannot be with us this year because they are standing post far from home - in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.”
Discussion: The Swamp
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Commencement address  —  I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address the graduates of the Boston College Law School today.  I realized with some chagrin that this is the third year in a row that I have given a commencement address here in the First Federal Reserve District …
Wendy Wright / Human Events:
Obama Aide: Not Our Goal to Reduce Abortions  —  Author's Note: Because of the Obama speech at Notre Dame and the widespread misunderstanding that this Administration has fostered, others have urged me to make public what the White House official in charge of finding “common ground” stated in our meeting.
Dan Milmo / Guardian:
British Airways ditches first class in new planes as austerity bites  —  • Fears that some wealthy customers may not return  —  • Company posted worst loss ever of £401m  —  Business class passengers famously draw envious glances from the herd in economy by turning left …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Boing Boing
 
 
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