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11:30 PM ET, May 5, 2009


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Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Specter Backs Coleman for Senate  —  I hear you're giving me 10 minutes for this interview, which is some kind of record for shortness.  Was that your decision?  —  No, but it sounds all right to me.  —  In that case, I must ask that you keep your answers short and try not to filibuster.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Caucus
Randyj / The Page:
Specter: I Want a Coleman Win  —  ATTENTION, LIBERAL BLOGGERS (AND AL FRANKEN)!!!  —  The new Democrat says the Minnesota Republican should return to the Senate.  —  “There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.”
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Senate Democrats Deny Specter Committee Seniority  —  The Senate dealt a blow tonight to Sen. Arlen Specter's hold on seniority in several key committees, a week after the Pennsylvanian's party switch placed Democrats on the precipice of a 60-seat majority.  —  In a unanimous voice vote …
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
Specter Says He 'Misspoke" on Minnesota Senate Race  —  The political whirlwind that surrounded Sen. Arlen Specter 's switch from the Republican to Democratic party had him forgetting which team he is rooting for in 2010.  —  But after voicing support for Republican Norm Coleman …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Specter Wants Coleman To Win In Minnesota  —  Memo to Sen. Arlen Specter (RD-PA): You're supposed to be a Democrat now.  —  In an interview with the New York Times, Specter stated in no uncertain terms that he wants Norm Coleman to win the disputed Minnesota Senate race …
Michelle Malkin:
How to file an FEC complaint against “Specter for the Cure”
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Specter regrets ‘no’ vote on Sessions
Discussion: The Note and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Carney / Clusterstock:
New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler  —  Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as “a farce,” saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats.  —  Conversations with administration …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Former Bush Officials Work to Soften Ethics Report on Interrogations  —  Former Bush administration officials are launching a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to urge Justice Department leaders to soften an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics …
New York Times:
Charges Seen as Unlikely for Lawyers Over Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — An internal Justice Department inquiry into the conduct of Bush administration lawyers who wrote secret memorandums authorizing brutal interrogations has concluded that the authors committed serious lapses of judgment …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Huntsman Rising, Weaver Advising  —  Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is looking more and more like a 2012 presidential candidate.  Photo by Lucian Perkins of the Washington Post  —  Less than 24 hours after Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's national profile received a nice — and unexpected …
Discussion: Deseret News
Chris Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
Obama's campaign manager fears Jon Huntsman the most in 2012
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   But Can The Guy Win The Iowa Caucuses?
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Bunning blames McConnell for GOP losses  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Bunning today renewed his attacks on his fellow Kentucky Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of selfishness and being responsible for lost GOP seats in the Senate.
KY-SEN: Bunning Goes After McConnell, Says He's Still In The Race (UPDATED)
Discussion: Firedoglake, 89.3 WFPL and MyDD
Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Miss California: I'll fight on despite racy photos  —  Carrie Prejean claims foes of her same-sex marriage views released them  —  With partially nude photos of her popping up on Web sites questioning her Christian credentials, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has fired back …
Banned by U.K., Savage hits back  —  Radio talk star blocked from visits, along with terrorists, neo-Nazis  —  Talk radio host Michael Savage is considering legal action against Britain's top homeland security official after she released today a list grouping him with terrorists …
Clifford S. Asness / Clusterstock:
Hedge Funds Outraged At Obama Bullying But Also Cowering In Fear  —  Cliff Asness, managing partner at AQR Capital Management, distributed the following letter after listening to Obama blast the Chrysler hedge-fund holdouts.  We picked the letter up at ZeroHedge.  —  Unafraid In Greenwich Connecticut
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
MSNBC Hides Obama's Dijon Mustard  —  MSNBC, Obama's favorite network, reported on Obama's trip with Joe Biden to get a burger.  Just two wild and crazy guys out for some red meat.  Andrea Mitchell (does she have nothing else to do?) reported that Obama ordered a burger and mustard.
Discussion: and Gateway Pundit
Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
Obama Democrats Accent Bullying Over Governing: Amity Shlaes  —  So Michele Bachmann's version of history is “from another planet.”  Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, is “chronically stupid.”  And Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking Republican in the House, is “busy lying constantly.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice, alicublog and Don Surber
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Cash for clunkers:’ Obama, Dems agree  —  President Obama and a group of key House Democrats claimed a small victory today in their campaign to agree on a massive energy and global-warming bill, but they left a meeting at the White House with critical issues still unresolved.
Discussion: The Politico
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Waxman may fast track climate bill
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Ridge Listed Residence in Maryland  —  Political Wire has learned that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R) listed his residence as Chevy Chase, MD on a recent foreign agents registration filing with the U. S. Department of Justice.  He reported he was representing the Government of Albania.
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
The CIA's Fight With Obama  —  Has Barack Obama made an enemy who can sabotage his presidency?  —  The presidency of George W. Bush began to unravel when some in high positions at the Central Intelligence Agency began waging a covert campaign against him.  —  It began in the summer of 2003 …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Strata-Sphere
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
AIG bonuses higher than reported  —  The 2008 AIG bonus pool just keeps getting larger and larger.  —  In a response to detailed questions from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the company has offered a third assessment of exactly how much it paid out in bonuses last year.
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
PHANTOM AIR FARCE PICTURES  —  The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday.  —  “We have no plans to release them,” an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.
Chris Isidore /
Chrysler won't repay bailout money  —  An administration official confirms that a $4 billion bridge loan and $3.2 billion in bankruptcy financing won't be paid back by Chrysler following bankruptcy.  —  NEW YORK ( — Chrysler LLC will not repay U.S. taxpayers more than $7 billion …
Steve Bousquet / The Buzz:
The buzz: Crist may announce next week  —  The buzz in the Capitol is getting louder that Gov. Charlie Crist will announce his future political plans as early as next week.  One source said Monday will be the date, and another said it will be next week, but no specific day.
Discussion: Swing State Project
Washington Whispers:
Sorry, Al Gore, but Public Cares About the Economy, Not Global Warming  —  He admits that “it's counterintuitive,” but Gallup Poll Editor Frank Newport says he sees no evidence that Al Gore's campaign against global warming is winning.  “It's just not caught on,” says Newport.  “They have failed.”
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama bites rich hands that fed him  —  For a politician who sometimes got accused of playing class warfare, candidate Barack Obama sure made a lot of well-to-do friends during the 2008 campaign.  —  The big question now is whether President Barack Obama can keep them.
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
10 Genes, Furiously Evolving  —  Evolutionary biology may sometimes seem like an arcane academic pursuit, but just try telling that to Gavin Smith, a virologist at Hong Kong University.  For the past week, Dr. Smith and six other experts on influenza in Hong Kong, Arizona …
Associated Press:
Obama, Biden raise some Hell Burgers  —  President, vice president motorcade to local grill for lunch  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - It's like this: When you want a burger, you have to have a burger.  —  In this state of mind, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a short …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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