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9:10 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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Tests of Banks May Bring Hope More Than Fear  —  The results of the bank stress tests to be released by the Obama administration this week are expected to include more detailed information about individual banks — assessing specific parts of their loan portfolios — than many analysts have been expecting.
Francesco Guerrera / Financial Times:
BofA and Citi in last push on stress tests
Discussion: Bronte Capital and The Page
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.
Pete Seeger / NPR:
THE PETE SEEGER MIX  —  In honor of the iconic troubadour's 90th birthday, NPR Music partner Folk Alley has put together a five-hour mix of Pete Seeger classics and great covers.  Hear the stream here:  —  At 90, Pete Seeger is still maintaining a busy touring schedule this year …
Martin Walker / Woodrow Wilson International Center …:
The World's New Numbers  —  “Here lies Europe, overwhelmed by Muslim immigrants and emptied of native-born Europeans.”  That is the obituary some pundits have been writing in recent years.  But neither the immigrants nor the Europeans are playing their assigned roles.
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Baucus bill portends Dem fight over Cuba  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is set to introduce legislation that would open the door to more agricultural imports to Cuba, taking advantage of President Obama's pledge to “seek a new beginning” with the island nation.
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
N.Y. Fed Chair Faces Questions on Goldman  —  The Federal Reserve Bank of New York shaped Washington's response to the financial crisis late last year, which buoyed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other Wall Street firms.  Goldman received speedy approval to become a bank holding company …
Discussion: DailyFinance and naked capitalism
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Pakistan Strife Raises U.S. Doubts on Nuclear Arms  —  WASHINGTON — As the insurgency of the Taliban and Al Qaeda spreads in Pakistan, senior American officials say they are increasingly concerned about new vulnerabilities for Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, including the potential for militants …
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Fears over Pakistan nuclear projects
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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David Catanese / The Politico:
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Andrew Jack / Financial Times:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Times to File Notice It Will Close Boston Globe
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Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Deal on climate bill remains elusive
Discussion: The Politico
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Discussion: Moe Lane and The TrogloPundit