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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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: “At the White House, we love MS-NBC”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
When Reporters Rise For The President
Discussion: Riehl World View, Slate and Hot Air
Daniel Casse / Commentary:
Jack Kemp, In Dissent
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
El presidente Obama celebrates ‘Cinco de Cuatro’
The Hill:
Obey warns Afghanistan funding may slow unless significant progress made
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Christianity Today:
Q & A: ‘Joe the Plumber’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher was launched …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Generational gap on gay marriage
Discussion: Hot Air
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.)
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 and Balloon Juice
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GrassrootsPA:   New PA Poll: Specter 42% Toomey 36%, Ridge 39% Specter 38%...
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
New Dem, new hope for health reform?
Discussion: WSJ.com
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
The Politico:
For GOP, it's Coleman or bust  —  Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's shocking decision last week to become a Democrat has upped the ante in the never-ending Minnesota Senate race, providing a strong incentive for Republicans to hold out until every last appeal is exhausted.
Discussion: HotMES, The Page and Senate Guru
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The Politico:
Hatch: W.H. may reveal name this week
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Rosen, TNR and the anonymous smears against Sonia Sotomayor  —  (updated below- Update II)  —  Jeffrey Rosen's New Republic smear of Sonia Sotomayor's intellect and character — based almost exclusively on anonymous, gossiping “sources” — is such a model of shoddy, irresponsible …
 
 
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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John R. Ellement / Boston Globe:
SJC calls illegal gun possession victimless
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The Long Voyage Home
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Young Israelis more skeptical of Obama
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Jim Spellman / CNN:
Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock up
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Libertarian Democraphobia  —  If you're a new-school classical liberal …
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