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9:20 AM ET, May 5, 2009

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Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Rebuffed on Funds to Close Guantanamo  —  WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats raised tensions with the White House on a key foreign policy goal, rebuffing a request for funding to begin closing the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  —  President Barack Obama has sought $80 million …
Discussion: Don Surber, RedState and The Politico
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
When Reporters Rise For The President  —  Some people noticed that many reporters rose from their seats last Friday when President Obama unexpectedly entered the White House briefing room, but the same courtesy was not always extended in the past when President Bush would make an appearance.
Discussion: Slate, Riehl World View and Hot Air
The Hill:
Obey warns Afghanistan funding may slow unless significant progress made
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Porous Border With Pakistan Could Hinder U.S. Troops
Discussion: abu muqawama and Associated Press
Christianity Today:
Q & A: ‘Joe the Plumber’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher was launched into the public arena after Senator John McCain used him as an example of an average American during a presidential debate last fall.  “Joe the Plumber” quickly became a celebrity because he questioned then-candidate Barack Obama …
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Megan Slack / The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber Slurs Gay People: I Would Never Let “Queers” Near My Children  —  Joe the Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, sat down for an lengthy interview with Christianity Today to discuss his views on the future of the Republican party.  Wurzelbacher took the opportunity to speak out against gay marriage, which he says is wrong.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and digg.com
Wendy Norris / Colorado Independent:
‘Joe the Plumber’ on Dobson, theocracy and GOP hypocrites  —  Conservative movement pitchman Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, continues his rather controversial revisionist American history tour with free-wheeling remarks invoking states rights and the Biblical origins of the U.S. Constitution.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Generational gap on gay marriage  —  (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that a majority of Americans oppose legalizing same sex marriages — but there's a vast generational divide on the issue.  —  Fifty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Joe the Plumber: I would never let gay people ‘anywhere near my children.’
Wall Street Journal:
We Can't Subsidize the Banks Forever  —  Government has to show it can handle major insolvencies.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The results of the government's stress tests on banks, to be released in a few days, will not mark the beginning of the end of the financial crisis.
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Wall Street Journal:
More Banks Will Need Capital  —  Stress Tests Identify About Ten; Wells, BofA, Citigroup Face Order to Refill Coffers  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. is expected to direct about 10 of the 19 banks undergoing government stress tests to boost their capital, according to several people familiar with the matter …
Washington Post:
Murtha's Nephew Got Defense Contracts  —  Millions in Work Came Without Competition  —  The headquarters of Murtech, in a low-slung, bland building in a Glen Burnie business park, has its blinds drawn tight and few signs of life.  On several days of visits, a handful of cars sit in the parking lot …
The Politico:
Hatch: W.H. may reveal name this week  —  After talking to President Barack Obama on the phone today, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says he believes the White House will move swiftly on its Supreme Court nominee, perhaps making an announcement by the end of this week.
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The Politico:
For GOP, it's Coleman or bust  —  Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's shocking decision last week to become a Democrat has upped the ante in the never-ending Minnesota Senate race, providing a strong incentive for Republicans to hold out until every last appeal is exhausted.
Discussion: HotMES, The Page and Senate Guru
Associated Press:
Obama celebrates Cinco de Mayo a day early  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a little early.  —  On the eve of the Mexican holiday, Obama on Monday had an event in the East Room of the White House with Mexico's Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan (sahr-oo-KHAN').
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Al Jazeera report: U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have Pashto Bibles, told to ‘hunt people for Jesus.’  —  A report by Al Jazeera English shows soldiers in Afghanistan passing around Bibles in Pashto and Dari, the languages of Afghanistan, presumably to be distributed.
Discussion: Firedoglake and FP Passport
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
New Dem, new hope for health reform?  —  Sen. Arlen Specter's switch from Republican to Democrat drew a surprisingly blasé reaction — at first — from those most closely involved in negotiations over a health care reform bill.  —  He was targeted as a swing vote before the Pennsylvanian bolted …
Discussion: WSJ.com
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Matt Stiles / Houston Chronicle:
Records show appointees gave Perry $5 million  —  But governor's office says donations are not considered in job assignments  —  AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry has accepted nearly $5 million in political campaign donations from people he appointed to state boards and commissions …
The Huffington Post:
Congress Poised To Launch 9/11-Styled Commission On Financial Crisis  —  The House of Representatives came to agreement on Monday afternoon on the establishment of a 9/11-styled commission that would be independent of Congress and granted the power of subpoena to investigate the origins of the financial crisis.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Establishment Clause Violation for Public High School Teacher To Call Creationism “Superstitious Nonsense”: So holds C.F. v. Capistrano Unified School Dist., decided Friday.  I understand the logic of the case — the Court has repeatedly said that the government's disapproving of religion …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
The Taliban Tightens Hold In Pakistan's Swat Region  —  Taliban forces tightened their grip on Pakistan's Swat region Monday and continued resisting the military's efforts to dislodge them from neighboring Buner, bringing a fragile peace accord closer to collapse and the volatile northwest region nearer to full-fledged conflict.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is Sarah Palin Snubbing GOP's New Relaunch Effort?  —  The GOP has launched a major new effort to remake the party and cast it as forward-looking and constructive, but one person may not be all that interested in participating: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  Sources in the office of GOP …
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Dana Zimmerman / Ynetnews:
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Jim Spellman / CNN:
Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock up
Discussion: TBogg and Hullabaloo
Will Wilkinson:
Libertarian Democraphobia  —  If you're a new-school classical liberal …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hackers Break Into Virginia Health Professions Database, Demand Ransom
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
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CNN:
Swine flu cases rise worldwide as Mexico lowers its alert level
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Allison Corneau / Us Weekly:
Chace Crawford to Attend White House Correspondents Dinner
Discussion: The Swamp
Crisitunity / Swing State Project:
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Discussion: MyDD and Hullabaloo
Petra Cahill / World Blog:
‘THEY KILL PEOPLE LIKE US,’ SAYS GAY IRAQI
Discussion: The Reaction and #gay
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
MONSTERS, INC.  —  Amid the blizzard of economic data …