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5:50 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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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Wonkette and Raw Story
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sestak: We Don't Need The GOP's Benedict Arnolds  —  Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) hasn't been shy about criticizing Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) for switching parties last week, but his harshest words came last night in an interview with TPMDC: “He left the fight,” said the former admiral …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Specter Wants Coleman to Win
Discussion: Hot Air and D-Day
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Too Cocky  —  Last week Arlen Specter's election as a Democrat …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Obsidian Wings
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:
Can Tom Ridge Win a Republican Primary in PA?
Discussion: TPMDC
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Tom Ridge in Congress
Discussion: TPMDC
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Sestak: ‘Inclined’ to tackle Specter
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Sotomayor's Public Image At Risk, Early
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Potential Supreme Court Nominees
Discussion: The Swamp
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Cookie Cutters  —  Chris Matthews, speaking for oppressed white …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Litmus Test That Counts
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Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
California Gay Marriage Backers Poised to Try Again in 2010
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
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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.
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
Discussion: Moe Lane and SCSUScholars
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.
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
AIG bonus pool higher than reported  —  The 2008 AIG bonus pool just keeps getting larger and larger.  —  In a response to detailed questions from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-M.D.), the company has offered a third assessment of exactly how much it paid out in bonuses last year.
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 …
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
10 Genes, Furiously Evolving  —  Evolutionary biology may sometimes seem like an arcane academic pursuit, but just try telling that to Gavin Smith, a virologist at Hong Kong University.  For the past week, Dr. Smith and six other experts on influenza in Hong Kong, Arizona …
Associated Press:
Obama, Biden raise some Hell Burgers  —  President, vice president motorcade to local grill for lunch  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - It's like this: When you want a burger, you have to have a burger.  —  In this state of mind, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a short …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
How to file an FEC complaint against “Specter for the Cure”  —  Arlen Specter's campaign finance travesty deserves more than just mockery.  It deserves action.  Here are screenshots of his misleading “Specter for the Cure” website, which is a slimy front to raise campaign funds:
Discussion: The Corner, PoliTex and NewsBusters.org
MickD / Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh's living large while radio boss Clear Channel implodes  —  Even for a pancaked industry like radio broadcasting, which has become somewhat numb to years' worth of mass layoffs triggered by hyper, corporate consolidation, and more recently by an over-the-cliff advertising recession …
 
 
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