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1:55 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 …
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Edwards acknowledges probe over campaign funds  —  RALEIGH, N.C. - Two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is acknowledging a federal inquiry into his campaign funds.  —  Edwards said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday that he is confident no campaign funds were used improperly.
Associated Press:
Jack Kemp, quarterback turned politician, dies  —  WASHINGTON - Jack Kemp, the former pro quarterback who turned fame on the gridiron into a career in national politics and a crusade for lower taxes, has died of cancer at age 73.  —  Family spokeswoman Marci Robinson said Kemp died shortly …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Jack Kemp, all-star quarterback, politician, father, dead of cancer, 73
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and The Page
Rory Cooper / The Foundry:
Heritage Foundation Mourns Loss of Former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp
Associated Press:
Former VP candidate, Bills QB Jack Kemp dies
Discussion: Power Line
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ex-Official Championed Housing, Tax Reforms
Discussion: and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
GOP chairman Steele calls moderates to party at La Crosse convention  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  La Crosse - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appealed to the political middle Friday to join his party but added that the party itself wouldn't moderate.
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
Washington Times:
Pelosi confronts justice  —  Laws apply to lawmakers, too  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working to buffer lawmakers from federal investigators.  This is a bad idea.  Special legal protections for politicians encourage unethical conduct.  —  Irvin B. Nathan, general counsel of the House …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
As a Professor, Obama Held Pragmatic Views on Court  —  Many American presidents have been lawyers, but almost none have come to office with Barack Obama's knowledge of the Supreme Court.  Before he was 30, he was editing articles by eminent legal scholars on the court's decisions.
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
Depression Scares Are Hardly New  —  WHAT is the chance that the current downturn will morph into another Great Depression?  That question has been preoccupying people for months.  —  The popular mood has a huge impact on the economy, so it's worth noting what many people seem to forget: Depression scares come and go.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
How Character Corrodes  —  How quaint.  —  The Republicans are concerned about checks and balances.  —  The specter of Specter helping the president have his way with Congress has actually made conservatives remember why they respected the Constitution in the first place.
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Enough With the 100 Days Already
Discussion: TPMCafe, Althouse and Alex Conant
Hazel Blears / Guardian:
YouTube is no substitute for knocking on doors
Discussion: and Spectator
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
David Shuster destroys NOM's Brian S. Brown over their misleading ad …
Discussion: Politics Daily