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9:10 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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Party Switch Costs Specter His Seniority on Senate Committees  —  The Senate last night stripped Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) of his seniority on committees, a week after the 29-year veteran of the chamber quit the Republican Party to join the Democrats.  —  In announcing his move across the aisle last week …
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
New York Times:
Torture Memos: Inquiry Suggests No 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 …
Glenn Beck / Fox News:
Justice Nears End of Probe Into Interrogation Memo Lawyers
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
New York Times:
U.S. Says Bank of America Needs Cushion of $33.9 Billion  —  The government has told Bank of America it needs $33.9 billion in capital to withstand any worsening of the economic downturn, according to an executive at the bank.  —  If the bank is unable to raise the capital cushion …
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 …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
John Edwards's Wife Speaks About His Affair  —  In often blunt terms, Elizabeth Edwards is going public with her account of how her husband's affair rocked their marriage and left his political career in tatters.  —  In an interview with Oprah Winfrey and in excerpts from a new book …
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Elizabeth Edwards doubts husband's denials on baby's paternity
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Liberal Values and Salon
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 …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Secret U.S.-Israel nuclear accord in jeopardy  —  President Obama's efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel's nuclear weapons from international scrutiny, former and current U.S. and Israeli officials and nuclear specialists say.
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
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.
David Barstow / New York Times:
Inspector at Pentagon Says Report Was Flawed  —  In a highly unusual reversal, the Defense Department's inspector general's office has withdrawn a report it issued in January exonerating a Pentagon public relations program that made extensive use of retired officers who worked as military analysts for television and radio networks.
Tim Craig / D.C. Wire:
Barry Warns of “Civil War” Over Gay Marriage  —  D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), the only council member to vote against the bill today to legalize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, predicted today there could be a “civil war” in the District if the Council decides …
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: Gateway Pundit
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Skeptical Administration Keeping Karzai at Arm's Length  —  Skepticism of Afghan Leader Shapes Policy  —  Afghan President Hamid Karzai began talking as soon as his luncheon guests had taken their seats in his wood-paneled dining room at the presidential palace in Kabul …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Luntz to GOP: Health reform is popular  —  Dr. Frank Luntz, a top Republican consultant on the language of politics, is warning the GOP that the American people want health-care reform and that lawmakers need to try to avoid directly opposing President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Swampland and Liberal Values
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who Will “Sister Souljah” Them?  —  It's time to reclaim conservatism from Coulter and O'Reilly and Limbaugh and Hannity.  Reihan: … Take yours truly.  I'm not a Democrat and if pushed, I'd have to say right now I'm a libertarian independent.  I'm uneasy about Obama's long-term debt …
Discussion: American Power
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Behind the Judicial Blindfold  —  Should the judge be an umpire or an empathizer?  —  Chief Justice John Roberts memorably likened the judge to a baseball umpire, dispassionately applying existing rules to call balls and strikes.  —  President Obama is more, well, touchy-feely.
Discussion: Bench Memos and Commentary
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Congress to vote on finance probe  —  The blue-ribbon panel is a much-maligned Washington cliché — it is said that you appoint one when you don't really want anything to be done.  —  But sometimes, as with the 9/11 Commission, such bodies actually produce substantive results.
Discussion: Macsmind and The Page
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Daniel Woolls / Associated Press:
Spanish judge asks US if it will probe torture
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats wallow in a ‘culture of corruption’
Dan Solin / The Huffington Post:
The Farce Called FINRA Has No Shame
Discussion: naked capitalism
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Birther civil war
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama bites rich hands that fed him
Chris Strohm / National Journal Online:
Powell Says Shrinking GOP Should Return To The Center
Discussion: The Swamp, Gallup, RedState and Macsmind
Steve Bousquet / The Buzz:
The buzz: Crist may announce next week
Discussion: Swing State Project and SENATUS
Texas police shake down drivers, lawsuit claims
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
The CIA's Fight With Obama
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Strata-Sphere