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8:35 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 …
Dick Polman /
The American Debate: This party's over: Specter's departure …
Discussion: CNN
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Back a Real Keystone State Democrat: Joe Sestak
Thomas Fitzgerald /   Specter's defection, by the numbers
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.
Discussion: Bronte Capital and The Page
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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP turns to Bush aides for revival  —  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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Page
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Sotomayor Video: I have a different reaction than my co-blogger Jonathan to the video of Judge Sotomayor.  Here's the transcript, as best I can tell: … As I see it, Judge Sotomayor is saying that, descriptively, the court of appeals is “where policy is made.”
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 …
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.
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
Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
China Forces Dozens of Mexican Travelers Into Quarantine  —  BEIJING — The A/H1N1 flu outbreak is leading to a potential diplomatic row between China and Mexico, as Chinese health authorities round up and quarantine scores of Mexicans — only one of whom is thus far reported to be sick — as they fly in on business and holiday trips.
Discussion: James Fallows and Fausta's Blog
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.
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
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Discussion: Moe Lane
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Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Deal on climate bill remains elusive
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Baucus bill portends Dem fight over Cuba
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Harris / Guardian:
New claims over ‘torture-tape’ prince
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Term Limits Say New Orleans Mayor Can't Return; Residents Say They Don't Mind
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Discussion: Moe Lane and The TrogloPundit