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11:40 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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hullabaloo
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
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Back a Real Keystone State Democrat: Joe Sestak
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Specter: GOP priorities contributed to Kemp death  —  Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its healthcare priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer.
Discussion: Moe Lane and GayPatriot
Dick Polman /
The American Debate: This party's over: Specter's departure is one more sign of the GOP's slide into immoderation and irrelevance.  —  Once upon a time, long before the GOP plummeted to its current status as the Southern and Rural Older White Guy Party, it actually was home to a healthy subspecies known as the Republican moderate.
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Specter's defection, by the numbers
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael Duffy / Time:
Jack Kemp, GOP's Supply-Side Beacon, Dies
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.
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:
For Edwards, investigation is latest stage of saga
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Sotomayor Video: I have a different reaction than my co-blogger Jonathan to the video of Judge Sotomayor.  Here's the transcript, as best I can tell: … As I see it, Judge Sotomayor is saying that, descriptively, the court of appeals is “where policy is made.”
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Flopping Aces
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
On Cusp of Big Transition, NASA Lacks Permanent Leader  —  President Obama has yet to name the person he wants to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  In this delay Mr. Obama has company: President George W. Bush did not decide on his choice, Sean O'Keefe, until November of his first year in office.
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Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Edward M. Liddy / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: and Hullabaloo
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Renewing Socialism? Don't Even Think About It ...
Discussion: Moe Lane and The TrogloPundit
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Patrick Leahy / Boston Globe:
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