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5:20 AM ET, May 8, 2009


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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Thou Shall Not Mock Obama's Mustard  —  My post the other day, MSNBC Hides Obama's Dijon Mustard (aka Dijongate), has hit a nerve unlike anything else I have written.  —  The post concerned the lunch trip of Obama and Biden to a burger shop to get a “Hell Burger.”
Media Matters for America:
Dijon Derangement Syndrome: Conservative media attack Obama for burger order  —  SUMMARY: Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Steyn criticized President Obama as an elitist because he ordered a burger with “spicy mustard” or “Dijon mustard.”  —  Following President Obama's May 5 visit …
The Huffington Post:
Hannity Attacks Obama For Putting Mustard On His Burger [UPDATED]  —  [Good Lord, this has become a full-blown “thing” now.  Please see utterly deranged updates, below.]  —  Oh hi, everyone!  Are we still doing that election year thing, where if a politician consumes anything other than box wine …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Latest right-wing-lunatic smear about Obama: Dijongate  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  If the Republican Party wants to go on a listening tour to figure out what they need to do, they may start turning off their radios and televisions too.
Discussion: Gawker and
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. '02  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared …
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
CIA Says Pelosi Was Briefed on Use of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’  —  Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners …
John Feehery / CNN:
Commentary: 5 reasons GOP will rebound
Discussion: Firedoglake
Aaron Belkin / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist  —  Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and officer in the Army National Guard who is fluent in Arabic and who returned recently from Iraq, received notice today that the military is about to fire him.  Why?  Because he came out of the closet as a gay man on national television.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Fires A Military Linguist  —  It's the commander-in-chief's first persecution of a servicemember critical to national defense and intelligence.  The man is Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and officer in the Army National Guard who is fluent in Arabic and just returned from Iraq.
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
More Sotomayor  —  Rosen responds to his critics.  —  I've just returned from London to find that my piece on Sonia Sotomayor has provoked an energetic response in the blogosphere.  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  Just (5/7/09): The Upside Of Nominating A Lesbian To The Court
Theresa Cook / Legalities:
White House Formalizes Supreme Court Short List  —  The White House has formalized its short list of Supreme Court contenders and asked six prospects to provide personal background information, with an intensive vetting process well underway, according to sources close to the process.
The Huffington Post:
Cheney: “Mistake” For GOP To “Moderate,” Glad That Detainees Were Waterboarded  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration's use of waterboarding on Thursday, saying that, contrary to arguments made by Barack Obama, the techniques were a necessary last-resort measure to get information from detainees.
Discussion: Wizbang
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cheney to GOP: ‘It would be a mistake for us to moderate’
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cheney: Mistake for GOP to ‘moderate’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Swamp
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' Manny Ramirez suspended 50 games after failing drug test  —  The suspension, for using what a source says is a female fertility drug, will cost him $7.7 million.  Ramirez takes responsibility, while the Dodgers support the testing program and back their star slu
Discussion: ESPN
Yahoo! Sports:   Ramirez's drug used to stimulate testosterone
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Ailing Banks Need $75 Billion, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — After subjecting the nation's biggest banks to the most public scrutiny in decades, federal regulators ordered 10 of them on Thursday to raise a total of $75 billion in extra capital and gave the rest a clean bill of health.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Releases Stress Test Results
Discussion: The New Republic and Deal Journal
Friedman Resigns as Chairman of New York Fed  —  Stephen Friedman, the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, abruptly resigned on Thursday, days after questions arose about his ties to Goldman Sachs.  —  Mr. Friedman was chairman of the New York Fed at the same time he was a member of Goldman's board.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Teenage Bomb Threat Suspect Was Internet Prank-Call Star  —  A 16-year-old North Carolina boy arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat against Purdue University had a secret identity as a superstar in an unusual online subculture — one dedicated to making prank phone calls for a live internet audience, his mother admitted Thursday.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Tells Journalists To Stress “Significant” Nature Of Budget Cuts  —  In remarks on his administration's proposed $17 billion in cuts from the 2010 budget this morning, President Obama was somewhat on the defensive against charges that his cuts don't amount to much considering that next year's total budget amounts to $3.4 trillion.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Keep Terrorists Out of America Act  —  It's a great name for a bill, and it will make great fodder for 2010 campaign ads — who wants to be the guy who voted against keeping terrorists out of America?  The bill was announced at a press conference this morning with the ranking members of each House committee present.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Bids to Push States' Rights Falter in Face of Stimulus  —  BOISE, Idaho — Standing up for states' rights has not been easy this spring, even as many state lawmakers wince at the extended reach of the federal government.  With the recession sparing few corners of the country …
Kos / Daily Kos:
PA-Sen: Baseline poll  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/4-6.  Likely voters.  MoE 4%, 5% for primary oversamples.  —  First off, it's a good thing former Gov. Tom Ridge decided he had better things to do, because he was facing just as tough slow as a “moderate Republican” in a GOP primary as Specter would've.
Pepe Escobar / Asia Times:
Obama does his Bush impression  —  The “lasting commitment” Washington war-time summit/photo-op between United States President Barack Obama and the AfPak twins, “Af” President Hamid Karzai and “Pak” President Asif Ali Zardari was far from being an urgent meeting to discuss ways to prevent the end of civilization as we know it.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Texas Republican Primary  —  Texas Governor's Primary A Toss-Up  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison find themselves essentially tied in an early look at their 2010 Primary battle.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows …
Washington Post:
In Pakistan, ‘Great Rage, Great Fear’  —  Refugees Fleeing Swat Valley Tell of Taliban Crimes, Abuses  —  Hajji Karim and his extended family of 70 were camped in a dirt-floor stable 10 miles outside Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.  It was as far as they could get from the Swat Valley …
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Cheese war ends.  Everyone wins.  —  Our long international nightmare is over.  The U.S. and EU have reached an agreement to end the world's most entertaining trade dispute, which began with George W. Bush's lame-duck decision to raise import duties on Roquefort cheese:
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Discussion: At-Largely and Raw Story
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
THE EXECUTIVE  —  Lawmakers may give recalled combat helmets more scrutiny
Discussion: ProPublica and The Campaign Spot
Norm Stamper / The Huffington Post:
Open Letter to the New “Drug Czar” from Another Top Cop: End the Drug War
Suspect in Wesleyan slaying in police custody
Discussion: American Power
Dan Nephin / Associated Press:
Government to condemn land for Flight 93 memorial
Discussion: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
David Rogers / The Politico:
Committee OKs $96.7B wartime bill
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Feds Order GMAC to Raise $13.1 Billion to Shore Up Finances
Discussion: D-Day and Fox News
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP relies on Specter-like recruits
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
The GOP Doesn't Understand Sex
Jeff Greenwald / Salon:
Obama is Spock: It's quite logical
Discussion: TigerHawk and protein wisdom
Mark Joseph / Fox News:
Leahy Blocks Democrats' Deal to Give Specter Judiciary Subcommittee Chair