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1:45 AM ET, May 6, 2009


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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 …
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.
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.”
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Specter Will Be Junior Democrat on Committees  —  Despite promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) would retain his seniority after switching parties, Specter will be put at the end of the seniority line on all his committees but one under a resolution approved on the floor late Tuesday.
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Party Switch Costs Specter His Seniority on Senate Committees
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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
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 …
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
Francis Cianfrocca / The New Ledger:
The Chrysler Fallout: Obama Takes Sides
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler” …
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:
Torture Memos Will Not Result in Prosecutions  —  WASHINGTON — An internal Justice Department inquiry has concluded that Bush administration lawyers committed serious lapses of judgment in writing secret memorandums authorizing brutal interrogations but that they should not be prosecuted …
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?
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
MSNBC Hides Obama's Dijon Mustard (aka Dijongate)  —  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
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.
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.”
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.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Waxman may fast track climate bill
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Birther civil war  —  The vast, but rather low-impact, movement of people who believe (without evidence) that Barack Obama was born outside the United States appears — in the way of such movements — to have developed its own internal divisions.  —  In particular, its East Coast faction …
Discussion: Salon
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.
Confederate Yankee:
No Pics, No Perks, and an F-16 a Long Way From Home...
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Cas / Cassy Fiano:
Texas infanticide bill would decriminalize murdering an infant  —  Is there a more despicable crime than murdering a baby?  I mean, really... think hard.  Murder is always apalling and deplorable and sickening.  But no matter what, murdering a baby would be, in my book, the most disgusting, horrible thing a person could do.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
The Delaware Business Ledger:
Poll shows Castle thumping Biden in hypothetical Senate race  —  A poll shows Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Castle topping Democrat Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden in a mythical Senate race.  —  The poll was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based …
College Student Shoots, Kills Home Invader  —  COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they're thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own.  Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.
Wall Street Journal:
BofA Faces $35 Billion Gap  —  Government Stress Test Finds Capital Cushion Inadequate; New Pressure on Lewis  —  Regulators have told Bank of America Corp. that the company needs to take steps to address a roughly $35 billion capital shortfall based on results of the government's stress tests …
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
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Dan Solin / The Huffington Post:
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama bites rich hands that fed him
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Luntz to GOP: Health reform is popular
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Dinner With Prize-Winning Critics
Discussion: The Caucus
Texas police shake down drivers, lawsuit claims
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Washington Whispers:
Sorry, Al Gore, but Public Cares About the Economy, Not Global Warming
Discussion: Hot Air and
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Elizabeth Edwards doubts husband's denials on baby's paternity
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Time
US offshores 22,000 green jobs to India
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
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