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9:45 AM ET, May 4, 2009


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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.
Quinnipiac University:
Ridge Trails Pennsylvania's Specter By 3 Points, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; New Democratic Senator Tops Toomey By 20 Points  —  Newly-minted Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter would whip old Republican rival Pat Toomey 53 - 33 percent if the 2010 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race were held today …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, CNN and The Page
Financial Times:
Republicans all at sea as party sinks  —  How much trouble is the Republican party in?  Plenty.  Compounding its recent miseries, too numerous to mention, Arlen Specter, the independent-minded senator for Pennsylvania, has gone over to the other side.  —  If the Democrats win …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MAKE HIM WORK FOR IT  —  I'm generally of the opinion that it's great to have anyone as a Democrat who will caucus with the party and support its candidates.  People get all bent out of shape about Ben Nelson (D-NE); and I'd count myself among the bent.  But it'd be difficult …
Dick Polman /   The American Debate: This party's over: Specter's departure …
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Specter's defection, by the numbers
Discussion: New York Times
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
The Case Against Sotomayor  —  Indictments of Obama's front-runner to replace Souter.  —  This is the first in a series of reports by TNR legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen about the strengths and weaknesses of the leading candidates on Barack Obama's Supreme Court shortlist.  —  RELATED CONTENT
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
4th-Grader Questions Rice on Waterboarding  —  Ex-Secretary of State Stresses Legality  —  Days after telling students at Stanford University that waterboarding was legal “by definition if it was authorized by the president,” former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was pressed again …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP turns to Bush aides for advice  —  Republicans looking to recover from Bush-era defeats are turning to an unlikely source for advice: top aides to former President George W. Bush.  —  Former White House press secretary Dana Perino, former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Times to File Notice It Will Close Boston Globe  —  The New York Times Co. said last night that it is notifying federal authorities of its plans to shut down the Boston Globe, raising the possibility that New England's most storied newspaper could cease to exist within weeks.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Romenesko
Francesco Guerrera / Financial Times:
BofA and Citi in last push on stress tests  —  Citigroup and Bank of America are working on plans to raise more than $10bn each in fresh capital, even as they launch last-ditch attempts to convince the US government they do not need to bolster their balance sheets.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Tests of Banks May Bring Hope More Than Fear
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Falling Wage Syndrome  —  Wages are falling all across America.  —  Some of the wage cuts, like the givebacks by Chrysler workers, are the price of federal aid.  Others, like the tentative agreement on a salary cut here at The Times, are the result of discussions between employers and their union employees.
Molly Bentley / BBC:
Ancient tsunami may have hit New York City  —  Such a wave today would flood Wall Street and the Long Island Expressway  —  A huge wave crashed into the New York City region 2,300 years ago, dumping sediment and shells across Long Island and New Jersey and casting wood debris far up the Hudson River.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Deal on climate bill remains elusive  —  Congressional Democrats headed into the weekend without an agreement on a climate change bill, raising doubts an accord will be found in time for a scheduled markup this week.  —  There is broad support within the party on the bill's overarching goal …
Discussion: The Politico
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Proposals Would Transform College Aid  —  Obama Plan to Expand Federal Control of Lending Includes Creating Entitlement  —  President Obama's health-care goals may be garnering attention, but his higher-education proposals are no less ambitious.  —  If adopted, they could transform …
Discussion: Corrente
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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Credit Card Law Is First Up in Congress This Week
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Gingrich at AIPAC  —  When Newt Gingrich appears before a large …
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
John Edwards faces federal investigation
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ariz. activist wants to dethrone McCain
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Baucus bill portends Dem fight over Cuba
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