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11:40 AM ET, May 4, 2009

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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.
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Boston Globe:
As Globe closure looms, pressmen reach agreement; Guild goes home  —  Newspaper Guild president Daniel Totten, far left in white shirt, spoke early this morning to a group that included the lead negotiator for Globe management, Gregory L. Thornton.  —  By David Abel and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
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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
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Rachel Martin / ABCNEWS:   Conservatives in Crisis? GOP Reaches Out
Wall Street Journal:
Firms Face New Tax Curbs  —  Obama Plan Aims to Limit Use of Offshore Havens by Multinationals and the Wealthy  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will roll out details Monday of what aides are calling a far-reaching crackdown on offshore tax avoidance, targeting …
Discussion: DailyFinance and Cato @ Liberty
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama to crack down on business taxes
Discussion: CBS News and The Page
Suzanne Malveaux / CNN:   Obama wants to end overseas tax loopholes
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Gingrich at AIPAC  —  When Newt Gingrich appears before a large, politically-active crowd the question always arises: “What is he up to?”  Is he laying the ground work for something - perhaps starting a campaign?  It is not clear, nor is it clear Gingrich knows.
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Calif.'s Harman Rails Against Wiretapping That Ensnared Her
Discussion: Eschaton
Jerusalem Post:
Gingrich: ‘Obama endangering Israel’
Marist Poll:
5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom?  —  How low can New York Governor David Paterson's job approval rating go?  Based on the latest Marist Poll numbers, it can still go lower, but not by much!  Not quite one-fifth of New York registered voters statewide — 19% …
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.
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Sarah Palin's “Revelation”  —  This is unfinished business - a news event that got swallowed up by the release of the ICRC report, the OLC Memos and the Senate Armed Services report.  But given this blog's coverage of governor Palin's various strange stories about Trig …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Options in Pakistan Limited  —  Nation Rife With Security Issues, Infighting, Anti-American Sentiment  —  As Taliban forces edged to within 60 miles of Islamabad late last month, the Obama administration urgently asked for new intelligence assessments of whether Pakistan's government would survive.
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Kamran Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan battles Taliban
Time:
Bush Library Raises $100 Million in 100 Days  —  George W. Bush often has said that historians will vindicate his presidency.  And since he left office, he's moving fast to give them the tools.  —  Longtime financial backers of the 43rd president have raised more than $100 million …
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.
New York Times:
Worries Rise on the Size of U.S. Debt  —  The nation's debt clock is ticking faster than ever — and Wall Street is getting worried.  —  As the Obama administration racks up an unprecedented spending bill for bank bailouts, Detroit rescues, health care overhauls and stimulus plans …
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: LewRockwell.com Blog and Corrente
Wall Street Journal:
Journal's Wilke Dies of Cancer at 54  —  WASHINGTON — John R. Wilke, a 20-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal known for incisive reporting on the intersection of business and politics, died of cancer Friday afternoon at his Bethesda, Md., home.  —  Mr. Wilke, 54 years old, was a member of the Journal's Washington bureau.
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Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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Forbes:
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ariz. activist wants to dethrone McCain
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