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10:10 PM ET, May 3, 2009


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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Specter: I did not say I'll be a loyal Democrat  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  (h/t David E.)  —  Here it comes.  Been a Democrat for less than a week and already Arlen Specter is backtracking.  Is it any clearer that this Faustian bargain …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DINO.... When Sen. Arlen Specter announced that he's switching parties, there were press reports indicating that he told President Obama, “I'm a loyal Democrat.  I support your agenda.”  —  On “Meet the Press” this morning, David Gregory asked about health care, with this quote in mind.
Sestak says he's ‘not sure’ Specter's a Democrat yet  —  (CNN) — Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak told CNN Sunday that he wasn't sure Sen. Arlen Specter is really part of the Democratic Party, the latest in a series of tough comments aimed at his potential Senate primary rival.
Discussion: MyDD, Hot Air and Scorecard's Blog
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:
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Specter's defection, by the numbers
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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 …
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
For Edwards, investigation is latest stage of saga
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
New York Times:
Interrogation Debate Sharply Divided Bush White House  —  WASHINGTON — The proclamation that President George W. Bush issued on June 26, 2003, to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture seemed innocuous, one of dozens of high-minded statements published and duly ignored each year.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NYC: A RAINBOW IN A STORM HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION AGAINST ISLAMIC SUPREMACISM & VIOLENCE  —  The Rainbow coalition protested the violation of human rights by political Islam and shariah law.  Though drenched in the rain, 300 -500 decent and good people made their way to Times Square in NYC …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Fears over Pakistan nuclear projects  —  • Two reactors nearing completion at Khushab  —  • Report questions security of nuclear material  —  Pakistan is continuing to expand its nuclear bomb-making facilities despite growing international concern that advancing Islamist extremists …
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.
Stephanie Grace:
Poll suggests voters lukewarm on Vitter  —  U.S. Sen. David Vitter has done everything in his power to position himself for re-election next year.  Despite the embarrassing call girl scandal that turned his name into a late-night punchline, Vitter has lined up support, whether stated or implied …
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