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4:10 PM ET, May 3, 2009


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Mandy Locke / The Charlotte Observer:
Feds are looking at Edwards' campaign  —  RALEIGH Federal investigators are sifting through the records of money that helped John Edwards' presidential campaign to determine if any was used to keep quiet his affair with Rielle Hunter.  —  Edwards, a Democrat and former U.S. senator …
Discussion: The Note and Liberal Values
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Edwards acknowledges probe over campaign funds  —  RALEIGH, N.C. - Failed presidential candidate John Edwards, whose political action committee paid more than $100,000 to his mistress' company, acknowledged Sunday that federal investigators were looking into how he handled his campaign funds.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Mandy Locke / Raleigh News & Observer:
Mellon gave Edwards a boost  —  Feds probe whether nonprofit's money went to girlfriend  —  John Edwards marched toward the White House in 2006 seeking an arsenal of millions collected a little at a time.  —  He also gathered more ammunition, about $11 million, collected in larger chunks …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Specter: ‘I Did Not Say I Am A Loyal Democrat’  —  Shortly after news leaked that Sen. Arlen Specter would be switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party, media reports quoted Specter telling President Obama he would be a “loyal Democrat” who would support his agenda:
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Specter: GOP moved ‘far to the right’  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) said Sunday in his first TV interview since becoming a Democrat last week he had not promised to be “a loyal Democrat” and would lead a filibuster against his new party if he felt strongly enough about an issue.
Christine Simmons / Associated Press:
Obamas take a walk, holding hands in the evening  —  WASHINGTON - The first couple took full advantage of the cool spring night.  —  After a date night out on Saturday evening, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama decided to take a stroll when their motorcade arrived back at the White House.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Assailin' Palin: Complaints deluge gov.  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's life has changed in a myriad of ways since she became the Republican vice presidential nominee last August, but one aspect of her newfound fame has been more bracing than the others: Since entering the national spotlight …
Rory Cooper / The Foundry:
Heritage Foundation Mourns Loss of Former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp  —  WASHINGTON, May 2, 2009—Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner tonight issued the following statement on the death of former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp:  —  “Jack Kemp was a leader …
Associated Press:   Former VP candidate, Bills QB Jack Kemp dies
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ex-Official Championed Housing, Tax Reforms
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Associated Press:
Jack Kemp, quarterback turned politician, dies
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Blogging On The Bus: What About The Sexism?  —  Eric Boehlert's book,"bloggers on the bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press", is a tour de force about the rise of activist political blogging that deftly describes the rise of political blogging in the Bush Era.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
FOX News' Chris Wallace called VP Joe Biden a “crackpot” over flu comments  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  ON FOX News Sunday, Chris Wallace really got into Joe Biden's remarks from the Today Show about the flu and ran with them pretty hard.
Cantor: 'We've got a lot to learn' from Obama  —  (CNN) — House Minority Whip Eric Cantor tells CNN's John King that the GOP still has a lot to learn from President Obama.  —  “President Obama is a great communicator.  We understand that,” he said in an interview that aired on CNN's State of the Union Sunday.
Patrick Leahy / Boston Globe:
Lifting the Bush-era veil of secrecy  —  On US torture, we need to find out what happened - and why  —  THE OBAMA administration's decision to release more Bush-era memoranda, which sought to rationalize torture, shows that President Obama is following through on his promise to ban torture …
Discussion: Think Progress, Macsmind and The Swamp
Karen Ocamb / The Huffington Post:
President Obama - Give Us an LGBT Advocate  —  I didn't bother writing a story on President Obama's first 100 Days.  Other than a few appointments, there wasn't much to write about from an LGBT perspective.  —  So my heart quickened when I heard him talk about picking a replacement …
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