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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Sessions to take over top GOP slot on Judiciary  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will take over the ranking member position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after striking a deal with his more senior colleagues over the weekend, sources confirm to The Hill.  —  Sessions and Sen. Chuck Grassley …
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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Credit Card Law Is First Up in Congress This Week
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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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Quinnipiac University:
Ridge Trails Pennsylvania's Specter By 3 Points, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; New Democratic Senator Tops Toomey By 20 Points  —  Newly-minted Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter would whip old Republican rival Pat Toomey 53 - 33 percent if the 2010 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race were held today …
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Michelle Malkin:
Arlen Specter: Human Ipecac  —  You know, it's one thing for far Left bloggers to go bananas and blame the Republican Party for killing people because they opposed increased federal spending on principle — as the dextrosphere did last week over swine flu funding in the porkulus.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Corp. tax-cheats cost $210 billion
Discussion: The Politico
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Takes Aim at Offshore Tax Havens
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP leaders give Palin cold shoulder  —  In the latest instance of a high-profile GOP member taking a passing swipe at the party's 2008 vice-presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney jokingly dismissed Sarah Palin's inclusion on Time's list …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Republicans Redouble Re-Branding Efforts
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and AMERICAblog News
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and JammieWearingFool
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% …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Personal Savings and the Age of Reagan  —  I've heard Europeans ascribe the low American savings rate to some aspect of our national character, but as you can see on this chart it's something that's changed quite a bit over the years:  —  Any political observer will look at this trend …
Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's in limbo as the weeks grind on  —  He's got the lead, but all he can do is study issues, talk policy and raise money to pay his recount bills.  —  Six months after Election Day, Al Franken is a man in limbo, preparing for an office he's not entirely sure he's going to get …
Discussion: TPMDC and The Page
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
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
Dan Abrams / Blogs and Stories:
Bush's Lawyers Strike Back  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In a brutally frank and at times contentious interview, former Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales sat down with Dan Abrams to talk about:  —  •their definition of torture ("Were the interrogations harsh?  Yes.
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 …
Jason Keyser / Associated Press:
Journalist group: US reporter hospitalized in Iran  —  CAIRO - The American journalist on a hunger strike for two weeks to protest her imprisonment in Iran was briefly hospitalized after she intensified her fast by refusing to drink water, Reporters Without Borders said Monday.
New York Times:
Marilyn French, Novelist and Champion of Feminism, Dies at 79  —  Marilyn French, a writer and feminist activist whose debut novel, “The Women's Room,” propelled her into a leading role in the modern feminist movement, died on Saturday in Manhattan.  She was 79 and lived in Manhattan.
Discussion: Althouse
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
God Talk  —  In the opening sentence of the last chapter of his new book, “Reason, Faith and Revolution,” the British critic Terry Eagleton asks, “Why are the most unlikely people, including myself, suddenly talking about God?”  His answer, elaborated in prose that is alternately witty …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
Funny thing about Obama ...  Well, maybe not so funny.  Comedians are treading carefully as they test the limits of political satire with a black president.  —  On his HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian routinely makes vicious fun of celebrities, politicians, presidents and even God.
Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
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.
Laura Varon Brown / Detroit Free Press:
Obama criticism shuts down conversation  —  Parties were more fun when George W. Bush was president.  You could debate, argue even, praise and condemn, throw darts and laurels and solve the world's problems over a bottle of wine.  —  No more.  At least not in my circles.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Don Surber
 
 
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Mayor closer to gunning for Rep. Shea-Porter's seat
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Allan H. Meltzer / New York Times:
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
An In-Law Is Finding Washington to Her Liking
Discussion: Gawker and Newsweek Blogs
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Ads shift from attack to support