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3:19 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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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber: I would never let gay people ‘anywhere near my children.’  —  In an interview with Christianity Today, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher said that calling gay people “queer” “is not like a slur” because homosexuality is “strange and unusual.”  He also declared that he would never …
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: American Power and Hot Air
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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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Sessions to take over top GOP slot on Judiciary  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will take over the ranking member position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after striking a deal with his more senior colleagues over the weekend, sources confirm to The Hill.  —  Sessions and Sen. Chuck Grassley …
Christopher Eisgruber / NPR:   The Next Justice: No More Mr. White Guys
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama official Kareem Dale confirms White House's love for MSNBC  —  (UPDATED: A second video has been added below.)  —  For some inexplicable reason having to do with who knows what, a widespread impression has grown among many politics fans that MSNBC and its crowd of talkers …
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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: Don Surber and Hot Air
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Is The White House Lying About Perella Weinberg Threat Story?
Discussion: TPMMuckraker, Hot Air and SCSUScholars
Peter Graff / Reuters:
U.S. denies letting troops convert Afghans  —  KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military denied Monday it has allowed soldiers to try to convert Afghans to Christianity, after a television network showed pictures of soldiers with bibles translated into local languages.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and AlterNet.org
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Al Jazeera report: U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have Pashto Bibles …
Discussion: Aljazeera and FP Passport
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is Sarah Palin Snubbing GOP's New Relaunch Effort?  —  The GOP has launched a major new effort to remake the party and cast it as forward-looking and constructive, but one person may not be all that interested in participating: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  Sources in the office of GOP …
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Mary Manning / Las Vegas Sun:
Criminal charges filed against ACORN, two employees  —  Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State Ross Miller announced Monday that voter registration fraud charges have been filed against an organization that works with low-income people and two of its employees in its Las Vegas office.
Discussion: Election Law and AmSpecBlog
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN charged with registration fraud for ‘blackjack’ payments
Discussion: American Prospect and Salon
Jerusalem Post:
Emanuel: Thwarting Iran hinges on Israeli-Palestinian talks  —  Article's topics: Rahm Emanuel, Iran, AIPAC  —  Thwarting Iran's nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
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New York Times:
Addressing U.S., Hamas Says It Grounded Rockets
Discussion: D-Day
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
A VERY WEIRD FORM OF CONSISTENCY.  —  Not to fill the blog with Arlen Specter related content this morning, but this bit from Meet the Press deserves to be quoted. … The thing about the Wyden-Bennett plan — the aspect that actually makes it different from virtually every other plan on offer …
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
I Like Gloats!  —  The MSM is sick.  John Edwards runs an entire presidential campaign based in large part on his character as shown by his loyalty to his brave, ill wife—when in reality he's cheating on her, practically setting up a second family—and the press doesn't care (or, rather …
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 …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Calculated Risk
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hackers Break Into Virginia Health Professions Database, Demand Ransom  —  Hackers last week broke into a Virginia state Web site used by pharmacists to track prescription drug abuse.  They deleted records on more than 8 million patients and replaced the site's homepage with a ransom note …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Wikileaks
Allison Corneau / Us Weekly:
Chace Crawford to Attend White House Correspondents Dinner  —  Mr. Crawford is going to Washington!  —  Usmagazine.com has exclusively learned that Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford has been invited to be the guest of the Fox News Channel at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: The Swamp
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').
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
Tom LoBianco / Washington Times:
Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda  —  Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason that he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its health-care priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer.
Jim Spellman / CNN:
Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock up  —  AURORA, Colorado (CNN) — Gun shops across the country are reporting a run on ammunition, a phenomenon apparently driven by fear that the Obama administration will increase taxes on bullets or enact new gun-control measures.
Discussion: TBogg and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans Kindle for Textbooks  —  Amazon.comInc. on Wednesday plans to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical and academic textbook publishers, according to people familiar with the matter.
Laura Varon Brown / Detroit Free Press:
Obama criticism shuts down conversation  —  Parties were more fun when George W. Bush was president.  You could debate, argue even, praise and condemn, throw darts and laurels and solve the world's problems over a bottle of wine.  —  No more.  At least not in my circles.
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
MONSTERS, INC.  —  Amid the blizzard of economic data that the government puts out every week, last Tuesday's report analyzing G.D.P. industry by industry got little notice.  But it contained one very interesting piece of data: in 2008, for the first time in sixteen years, the finance and insurance industry shrank.
The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann: Obama Led Spending “Orgy,” Government “Spent Its Wad” (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann is on a roll.  Less than a week after suggesting a link between the swine flu outbreak and Democratic control of the U.S. government, the Minnesota Republican penetrated a heretofore unseen zone …
The Huffington Post:
James Carville: If GOP Abandoned Christian Right, “Their Party Would Crumble”  —  Democratic strategist James Carville warned on Monday that if the Republican Party were to abandon its decades-old alliance with the Christian Right, it would only cement major losses in party identification and vote totals for the GOP.
Michelle Malkin:
What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP  —  George Will's latest column on the sagging economy of California and the upcoming slate of massive tax-hike initiatives on the ballot only scratches the surface of what's rotten in the formerly Golden State.  —  The state GOP is a basket case.
 
 
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CNN:
Swine flu cases rise worldwide as Mexico lowers its alert level
Discussion: Washington Post
Crisitunity / Swing State Project:
PVI/Vote Index for 2008  —  One year ago I tried out an experiment …
Discussion: MyDD
Petra Cahill / World Blog:
‘THEY KILL PEOPLE LIKE US,’ SAYS GAY IRAQI
Discussion: #gay
Jeffrey Bell / NewsMax.com:
Kemp Brought America Back from 1970s
Discussion: On the Square and The Anchoress
Neil Newhouse / TQIA:
A Deeper Look at Party Identification
Discussion: MyDD and Ben Smith's Blog
Anne Barrowclough / Times of London:
Doh! Pirates captured after attacking the wrong ship
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Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
Dodd Likens Bush Administration To Nazis
Discussion: RedState