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10:05 AM ET, May 5, 2009

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Megan Slack / The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber Slurs Gay People: I Would Never Let “Queers” Near My Children  —  Joe the Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, sat down for an lengthy interview with Christianity Today to discuss his views on the future of the Republican party.  Wurzelbacher took the opportunity to speak out against gay marriage, which he says is wrong.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and digg.com
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Christianity Today:
Q & A: ‘Joe the Plumber’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher was launched into the public arena after Senator John McCain used him as an example of an average American during a presidential debate last fall.  “Joe the Plumber” quickly became a celebrity because he questioned then-candidate Barack Obama …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Generational gap on gay marriage
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber: I would never let gay people ‘anywhere near my children.’
Discussion: The Bilerico Project
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Mark Knoller / CBS News:
When Reporters Rise For The President
Discussion: Slate, Riehl World View and Hot Air
Daniel Casse / Commentary:
Jack Kemp, In Dissent
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
We Can't Subsidize the Banks Forever  —  Government has to show it can handle major insolvencies.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The results of the government's stress tests on banks, to be released in a few days, will not mark the beginning of the end of the financial crisis.
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Paul Krugman:
Leaking under stress  —  John Hempton has a good question, which other people have asked me: who is leaking about the stress tests?  —  Traditionally, leaks to the press come from officials trying to curry favor with journalists, who will treat them favorably in the future.  (See Woodward, Bob.)
New York Times:
Porous Border With Pakistan Could Hinder U.S. Troops  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan — President Obama is pouring more than 20,000 new troops into Afghanistan this year for a fighting season that the United States military has called a make-or-break test of the allied campaign in Afghanistan.
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
In Surge Preview, U.S. Troops Calm an Afghan Valley
Discussion: Global Guerrillas
Washington Post:
Murtha's Nephew Got Defense Contracts  —  Millions in Work Came Without Competition  —  The headquarters of Murtech, in a low-slung, bland building in a Glen Burnie business park, has its blinds drawn tight and few signs of life.  On several days of visits, a handful of cars sit in the parking lot …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Litmus Test That Counts  —  As the time approaches for President Obama to choose a successor to Justice David Souter, the term “litmus test” will be heard throughout the land.  The White House will deny applying any such thing, but the nominee will undoubtedly be chosen according …
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The Politico:
Hatch: W.H. may reveal name this week
Chris Cillizza W / Washington Post:
Ridge May Run for Specter's Senate Seat  —  Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge (R) is seriously considering a 2010 bid for the Senate seat held by Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter and will make his decision in the next two weeks, according to several sources familiar with his thinking.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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GrassrootsPA:   New PA Poll: Specter 42% Toomey 36%, Ridge 39% Specter 38%...
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Rebuffed on Funds to Close Guantanamo  —  WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats raised tensions with the White House on a key foreign policy goal, rebuffing a request for funding to begin closing the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  —  President Barack Obama has sought $80 million …
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The Hill:
Obey warns Afghanistan funding may slow unless significant progress made
Discussion: The Politico
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Our Genius President: ‘Happy Cuatro de Cinco!’  —  I like to note these little incidents when they happen, not because I think it makes Obama an idiot because he occasionally stumbles over his words, but because his somewhat overblown reputation as the most cerebral, eloquent …
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Associated Press:
Obama celebrates Cinco de Mayo a day early
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Schumer Offers Middle Ground on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — In an effort to defuse the most explosive issue in the debate over comprehensive health care legislation, a top Senate Democrat has proposed that any new government-run insurance program comply with all the rules and standards that apply to private insurance.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
New Dem, new hope for health reform?
Discussion: WSJ.com
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Establishment Clause Violation for Public High School Teacher To Call Creationism “Superstitious Nonsense”: So holds C.F. v. Capistrano Unified School Dist., decided Friday.  I understand the logic of the case — the Court has repeatedly said that the government's disapproving of religion …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
The Huffington Post:
Congress Poised To Launch 9/11-Styled Commission On Financial Crisis  —  The House of Representatives came to agreement on Monday afternoon on the establishment of a 9/11-styled commission that would be independent of Congress and granted the power of subpoena to investigate the origins of the financial crisis.
Beverley Rouse / Press Association:
Named and shamed: the 16 barred from UK  —  Sixteen people banned from entering the UK were “named and shamed” by the Home Office today.  —  Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned since October so others could better understand what sort …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
G.O.P. Résumé, Cabinet Post, Knack for Odd Jobs  —  WASHINGTON — Ray LaHood, the secretary of transportation, is not one to toot his own horn over how much he knows about planes, trains and automobile bailouts.  On the contrary.  —  “I don't think they picked me because they thought …
Elizabeth Edwards / Time:
How I Survived John's Affair  —  On May 3, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards acknowledged that a federal investigation had been opened into whether his campaign improperly gave money to a woman with whom Edwards had an extramarital affair.  Edwards has denied any wrongdoing by his campaign.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Long Voyage Home  —  Republicans generally like Westerns.  They generally admire John Wayne-style heroes who are rugged, individualistic and brave.  They like leaders — from Goldwater to Reagan to Bush to Palin — who play up their Western heritage.  Republicans like the way Westerns seem …
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Post
 
 
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Van Gogh's ear ‘was cut off by friend Gauguin with a sword’
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Catherine Mayer / Yahoo! News:
Yes One Can: Prince Charles Hires Obama's Web Wizards
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Dana Zimmerman / Ynetnews:
Young Israelis more skeptical of Obama
Matt Stiles / Houston Chronicle:
Records show appointees gave Perry $5 million
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Wall Street Journal:
The Next Housing Bust
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
Jim Spellman / CNN:
Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock up
Discussion: TBogg and Hullabaloo
Will Wilkinson:
Libertarian Democraphobia  —  If you're a new-school classical liberal …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and EconLog
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hackers Break Into Virginia Health Professions Database, Demand Ransom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Wikileaks
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
I Like Gloats!  —  The MSM is sick.  John Edwards runs …