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3:45 PM ET, May 2, 2009


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Corky Boyd / Island Turtle:
White House uses strong arm tactics to extort concessions from lenders  —  Yesterday (May 1) on Detroit's Frank Beckman's morning talk show (WJR), bankruptcy attorney Tom Lauria made the incendiary accusation that the members of the White House had threatened to use the “the full force …
Darren Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE:
Kinder, Gentler Military Tribunals?  You Betcha. . . .  Is President Obama planning to use highly criticized military courts to prosecute detainees at Guantanamo Bay?  —  According to a New York Times article, he is.  —  Civil libertarians within Obama's liberal base passionately opposed …
Discussion: Opinio Juris
NY Daily News:
Bronx girl makes good: Sonia Sotomayor merits look for U.S. Supreme Court  —  She is a daughter of the Bronx, a child of the projects and the product of a single-parent household - and now Sonia Sotomayor has rocketed onto the list of potential nominees for the United States Supreme Court.
Swine flu spread ‘not sustained’  —  There is no evidence of the swine flu virus spreading in a sustained way outside North America, a top World Health Organization official says.  —  Dr Michael Ryan, WHO Director of Global Alert and Response, praised European nations' handling of cases and said events did not seem out of control.
Discussion: Don Surber
Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
Swine flu deaths ebb, but could come back strong
Discussion: Don Surber and USA Today
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GET TO KNOW RULE IV.... With the Senate Democratic caucus up to 59 seats, chances are pretty good that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed, no matter how big a fit the right throws.  Even if Republicans abandon everything they said during the Bush years and launched a filibuster …
Discussion: Washington Post and ONTD: Politics
The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson Plans To Oppose Public Health Plan  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday that he will oppose legislation that would give people the option of a public health insurance plan.  The move puts him on the opposite side of two-thirds of Americans.  —  A poll released this week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Biden to appear at AIPAC  —  Vice President Joe Biden will headline the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference, which begins tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a source at the group said.  —  The announcement that Biden will speak Monday morning comes a day after a victory …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Fox News:
Study: Obama's Early Popularity Only Average Among Predecessors  —  Though President Obama's job approval score has been strong since he took office, historical polling data shows his popularity during his first 100 days is right in the middle of the scores other new presidents received from the public over the past 60 years
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Dems: Opportunity as gay marriage acceptance grows  —  WASHINGTON - Gay marriage legalization in several states and the public's growing acceptance of same-sex unions have Democrats sensing political opportunity and some Republicans re-evaluating their party's hard-line opposition to an issue that long has rallied its base.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus  —  WASHINGTON — The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is “global warming.”  —  The term turns people off, fostering images of shaggy-haired liberals, economic sacrifice and complex scientific disputes …
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Louisiana senator blocks nominee to lead FEMA
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Change the GOP should believe in
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