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2:40 AM ET, May 4, 2009

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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Specter: I did not say I'll be a loyal Democrat  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  (h/t David E.)  —  Here it comes.  Been a Democrat for less than a week and already Arlen Specter is backtracking.  Is it any clearer that this Faustian bargain …
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Back a Real Keystone State Democrat: Joe Sestak
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Ransom of Chief Specter
CNN:
Sestak says he's ‘not sure’ Specter's a Democrat yet
Discussion: MyDD, Hot Air and Scorecard's Blog
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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Dick Polman / Philly.com:
The American Debate: This party's over: Specter's departure is one more sign of the GOP's slide into immoderation and irrelevance.  —  Once upon a time, long before the GOP plummeted to its current status as the Southern and Rural Older White Guy Party, it actually was home to a healthy subspecies known as the Republican moderate.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and CNN
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 …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:   Specter's defection, by the numbers
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.”
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.
New York Times:
Interrogation Debate Sharply Divided Bush White House  —  WASHINGTON — The proclamation that President George W. Bush issued on June 26, 2003, to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture seemed innocuous, one of dozens of high-minded statements published and duly ignored each year.
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.
Mandy Locke / The Charlotte Observer:
Feds are looking at Edwards' campaign  —  RALEIGH Federal investigators are sifting through the records of money that helped John Edwards' presidential campaign to determine if any was used to keep quiet his affair with Rielle Hunter.  —  Edwards, a Democrat and former U.S. senator …
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Mandy Locke / Raleigh News & Observer:   Mellon gave Edwards a boost
Mike Baker / Associated Press:   For Edwards, investigation is latest stage of saga
Christine Simmons / Associated Press:
Obamas take a walk, holding hands in the evening  —  WASHINGTON - The first couple took full advantage of the cool spring night.  —  After a date night out on Saturday evening, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama decided to take a stroll when their motorcade arrived back at the White House.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Term Limits Say New Orleans Mayor Can't Return; Residents Say They Don't Mind  —  NEW ORLEANS — As Mayor C. Ray Nagin approaches his final year in office, he faces scandal, an acrimonious stalemate with the City Council and the worst popularity ratings ever recorded for a mayor here.
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
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NYC: A RAINBOW IN A STORM HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION AGAINST ISLAMIC SUPREMACISM & VIOLENCE  —  The Rainbow coalition protested the violation of human rights by political Islam and shariah law.  Though drenched in the rain, 300 -500 decent and good people made their way to Times Square in NYC …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Fears over Pakistan nuclear projects  —  • Two reactors nearing completion at Khushab  —  • Report questions security of nuclear material  —  Pakistan is continuing to expand its nuclear bomb-making facilities despite growing international concern that advancing Islamist extremists …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Flopping Aces
 
 
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