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9:30 AM ET, May 5, 2009

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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 …
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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
Wendy Norris / Colorado Independent:
‘Joe the Plumber’ on Dobson, theocracy and GOP hypocrites  —  Conservative movement pitchman Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, continues his rather controversial revisionist American history tour with free-wheeling remarks invoking states rights and the Biblical origins of the U.S. Constitution.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Generational gap on gay marriage  —  (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that a majority of Americans oppose legalizing same sex marriages — but there's a vast generational divide on the issue.  —  Fifty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Joe the Plumber: I would never let gay people ‘anywhere near my children.’
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Mark Knoller / CBS News:
When Reporters Rise For The President  —  Some people noticed that many reporters rose from their seats last Friday when President Obama unexpectedly entered the White House briefing room, but the same courtesy was not always extended in the past when President Bush would make an appearance.
Discussion: Slate, Riehl World View and Hot Air
Daniel Casse / Commentary:
Jack Kemp, In Dissent
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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  —  House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) signaled he might not be so generous in funding the Afghanistan war next year unless significant progress is made — progress that could be difficult to achieve.
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Porous Border With Pakistan Could Hinder U.S. Troops
Discussion: abu muqawama and Associated Press
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
More Banks Will Need Capital  —  Stress Tests Identify About Ten; Wells, BofA, Citigroup Face Order to Refill Coffers  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. is expected to direct about 10 of the 19 banks undergoing government stress tests to boost their capital, according to several people familiar with the matter …
The Politico:
Hatch: W.H. may reveal name this week  —  After talking to President Barack Obama on the phone today, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says he believes the White House will move swiftly on its Supreme Court nominee, perhaps making an announcement by the end of this week.
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Associated Press:
Obama celebrates Cinco de Mayo a day early  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a little early.  —  On the eve of the Mexican holiday, Obama on Monday had an event in the East Room of the White House with Mexico's Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan (sahr-oo-KHAN').
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Matt Stiles / Houston Chronicle:
Records show appointees gave Perry $5 million  —  But governor's office says donations are not considered in job assignments  —  AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry has accepted nearly $5 million in political campaign donations from people he appointed to state boards and commissions …
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
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Al Jazeera report: U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have Pashto Bibles, told to ‘hunt people for Jesus.’  —  A report by Al Jazeera English shows soldiers in Afghanistan passing around Bibles in Pashto and Dari, the languages of Afghanistan, presumably to be distributed.
Discussion: Firedoglake and FP Passport
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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.
CNN:
FAREED ZAKARIA GPS  —  Interview With Robert Gates  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: This is GPS, the GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE.  Welcome to all of you in the United States and around the world.  I'm Fareed Zakaria.
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Van Gogh's ear ‘was cut off by friend Gauguin with a sword’  —  He is known as the tortured genius who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the breakdown of his friendship with a fellow artist.  —  But a new study claims Vincent Van Gogh may have made up the story …
Discussion: CBS News and Althouse
Will Wilkinson:
Libertarian Democraphobia  —  If you're a new-school classical liberal (neoclassical liberal?) like me, you like democracy just fine.  This puts you somewhere between (a) modern liberals in the post-Rawlsian vein who tend toward not-actually-very-liberal Rousseuvian romanticism about democracy and …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and EconLog
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 …
Discussion: marbury
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
 
 
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
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Chace Crawford to Attend White House Correspondents Dinner
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
MONSTERS, INC.  —  Amid the blizzard of economic data …