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5:45 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 …
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  —  RALEIGH, N.C. - His once-prominent political career is buried and the turmoil of his marriage is playing out in public.  Now, John Edwards is facing a federal inquiry.  —  The two-time Democratic presidential candidate acknowledged Sunday …
Discussion: Big Brass 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:
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.
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Duffy / Time:
Jack Kemp, GOP's Supply-Side Beacon, Dies  —  Former Congressman Jack Kemp, who died Saturday at age 73 after a bout with cancer, was the Republican party's top cheerleader for tax cuts for nearly a generation.  —  Handsome, energetic and almost heroically optimistic, Kemp was also a man …
Associated Press:   Former VP candidate, Bills QB Jack Kemp dies
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
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Stephanie Grace:
Poll suggests voters lukewarm on Vitter
Discussion: MyDD and Taegan Goddard's …
Edward M. Liddy / The Huffington Post:
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Donald Douglas / American Power:
Renewing Socialism? Don't Even Think About It ...
Discussion: Moe Lane and The TrogloPundit
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