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8:40 PM ET, May 5, 2009

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Randyj / The Page:
Specter: I Want a Coleman Win  —  ATTENTION, LIBERAL BLOGGERS (AND AL FRANKEN)!!!  —  The new Democrat says the Minnesota Republican should return to the Senate.  —  “There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.”
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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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Specter Wants Coleman To Win In Minnesota  —  Memo to Sen. Arlen Specter (RD-PA): You're supposed to be a Democrat now.  —  In an interview with the New York Times, Specter stated in no uncertain terms that he wants Norm Coleman to win the disputed Minnesota Senate race …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Specter Wants Coleman to Win
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Specter to Minnesota courts: Elect Norm Coleman
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and Salon
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Too Cocky  —  Last week Arlen Specter's election as a Democrat …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Specter regrets ‘no’ vote on Sessions
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:   Standing O for Specter, Praise for Sessions
John Carney / Clusterstock:
New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler  —  Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as “a farce,” saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats.  —  Conversations with administration …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Lauria allegations of threats corroborated  —  Business Insider reports that more than one Chrysler senior creditor has corroborated Thomas Lauria's allegation that the Obama administration threatened them with public attacks if they didn't surrender their contractual rights.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler”
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Former Bush Officials Work to Soften Ethics Report on Interrogations  —  Former Bush administration officials are launching a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to urge Justice Department leaders to soften an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics …
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New York Times:
Charges Seen as Unlikely for Lawyers Over Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — An internal Justice Department inquiry into the conduct of Bush administration lawyers who wrote secret memorandums authorizing brutal interrogations has concluded that the authors committed serious lapses of judgment …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balkinization
Glenn Beck / Fox News:   Justice Nears End of Probe Into Interrogation Memo Lawyers
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Groups push for first gay justice  —  President Barack Obama is looking to advance diversity with his pick to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter — and early speculation has focused on whether he'll pick a woman, or perhaps the first Hispanic justice.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Cookie Cutters  —  Chris Matthews, speaking for oppressed white …
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Potential Supreme Court Nominees
Discussion: The Swamp
Chris Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
Obama's campaign manager fears Jon Huntsman the most in 2012 … SALT LAKE CITY - (ABC 4 News) - There is one republican presidential candidate that President Barack Obama's campaign manager fears the most in 2012...and his name is Jon Huntsman Jr.  —  This week for Governor Huntsman, good things are coming in threes.
Discussion: Hot Air and MyDD
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Huntsman Rising, Weaver Advising  —  Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is looking more and more like a 2012 presidential candidate.  Photo by Lucian Perkins of the Washington Post  —  Less than 24 hours after Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's national profile received a nice — and unexpected …
Discussion: Deseret News
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
But Can The Guy Win The Iowa Caucuses?
Discussion: GOP 12
Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Miss California: I'll fight on despite racy photos  —  Carrie Prejean claims foes of her same-sex marriage views released them  —  With partially nude photos of her popping up on Web sites questioning her Christian credentials, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has fired back …
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Bunning blames McConnell for GOP losses  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Bunning today renewed his attacks on his fellow Kentucky Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of selfishness and being responsible for lost GOP seats in the Senate.
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.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:   Disgraced Edwards back in the spotlight
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:   Elizabeth Edwards doubts husband's denials on baby's paternity
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
PHANTOM AIR FARCE PICTURES  —  The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday.  —  “We have no plans to release them,” an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Hole in the Center  —  You can't have a successful political party without centrists.  Happily for Republicans still smarting from last week's defection, you can have a successful political party without centrists like Arlen Specter.  —  Political debates are often framed in binaries …
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Clifford S. Asness / Clusterstock:
Hedge Funds Outraged At Obama Bullying But Also Cowering In Fear  —  Cliff Asness, managing partner at AQR Capital Management, distributed the following letter after listening to Obama blast the Chrysler hedge-fund holdouts.  We picked the letter up at ZeroHedge.  —  Unafraid In Greenwich Connecticut
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Maggie's Farm
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Gay Marriage Measure Set for Mayor's Signature  —  An overwhelming majority on the D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, sending the District deeper into the national debate and galvanizing supporters on both sides of the issue.
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Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
California Gay Marriage Backers Poised to Try Again in 2010
Discussion: American Power
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Cash for clunkers:’ Obama, Dems agree  —  President Obama and a group of key House Democrats claimed a small victory today in their campaign to agree on a massive energy and global-warming bill, but they left a meeting at the White House with critical issues still unresolved.
Discussion: The Politico
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
AIG bonuses four times higher  —  The 2008 AIG bonus pool just keeps getting larger and larger.  —  In a response to detailed questions from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the company has offered a third assessment of exactly how much it paid out in bonuses last year.
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:   Health care activists disrupt hearing
The Delaware Business Ledger:
Poll shows Castle thumping Biden in hypothetical Senate race  —  A poll shows Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Castle topping Democrat Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden in a mythical Senate race.  —  The poll was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based …
Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
Obama Democrats Accent Bullying Over Governing: Amity Shlaes  —  So Michele Bachmann's version of history is “from another planet.”  Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, is “chronically stupid.”  And Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking Republican in the House, is “busy lying constantly.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Don Surber
 
 
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The CIA's Fight With Obama
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
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Agence France Presse:
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Torture probe might target Cheney's office, Dodd says
Discussion: Think Progress and My Left Nutmeg
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The Lion and the Legacy  —  Senator Edward Kennedy's diagnosis …