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10:40 PM ET, May 5, 2009


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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.”
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
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 …
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:   Senate Democrats Deny Specter Committee Seniority
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
Byron York /
Specter to Minnesota courts: Elect Norm Coleman
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Lauria allegations of threats corroborated  —  Business Insider reports that more than one Chrysler senior creditor has corroborated Thomas Lauria's allegation that the Obama administration threatened them with public attacks if they didn't surrender their contractual rights.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler” [updated]
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 Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
Obama's campaign manager fears Jon Huntsman the most in 2012 … SALT LAKE CITY - (ABC 4 News) - There is one republican presidential candidate that President Barack Obama's campaign manager fears the most in 2012...and his name is Jon Huntsman Jr.  —  This week for Governor Huntsman, good things are coming in threes.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   But Can The Guy Win The Iowa Caucuses?
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 …
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
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, Maggie's Farm and Hot Air
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
AIG bonuses four times higher  —  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.
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
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Groups push for first gay justice  —  President Barack Obama is looking to advance diversity with his pick to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter — and early speculation has focused on whether he'll pick a woman, or perhaps the first Hispanic justice.
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
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
NO EVIDENCE OF UNION INTIMIDATION.  —  A study [PDF] came out yesterday (perhaps a few months too late) that puts the lie to conservative claims that majority sign-up, the union organizing technique that would become standard under the Employee Free Choice Act, leads to increased union intimidation.
Agence France Presse:
US senator looks to block Guantanamo releases in US  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US senator said Tuesday he would soon introduce legislation aimed at blocking the release on US soil of any detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay facility for suspected terrorists.
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Chris Strohm / National Journal Online:
Powell Says Shrinking GOP Should Return To The Center
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Texas police shake down drivers, lawsuit claims
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Wall Street Journal:
Condition Is Set for Banks' TARP Exit
Discussion: Clusterstock
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Did the Mormons baptize Obama's mother, after her death …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Elizabeth Edwards doubts husband's denials on baby's paternity
Discussion: Time and Taylor Marsh
The Politico:
Souter told Leahy of plans in March
US offshores 22,000 green jobs to India
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