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6:20 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  —  In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) said he hopes Norm Coleman (R) prevails in his Senate recount court fight against Al Franken (D) in Minnesota.  —  Said Specter: “There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Hot Air and D-Day
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
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Specter to Minnesota courts: Elect Norm Coleman
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and Salon
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Tom Ridge (R-Maryland)
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Too Cocky  —  Last week Arlen Specter's election as a Democrat …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and TalkLeft
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Tom Ridge in Congress
Discussion: TPMDC and Democracy in America
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:
Can Tom Ridge Win a Republican Primary in PA?
Discussion: TPMDC
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
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.
Discussion: Moe Lane and SCSUScholars
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler”
Discussion: Cold Fury
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
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Deseret News
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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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 …
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.
Agence France Presse:
US senator looks to block Guantanamo releases in US  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US senator said Tuesday he would soon introduce legislation aimed at blocking the release on US soil of any detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay facility for suspected terrorists.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Specter regrets ‘no’ vote on Sessions
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:   Standing O for Specter, Praise for Sessions
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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
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:
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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 …
 
 
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