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1:55 PM ET, May 7, 2009


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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
RIDGE NOT RUNNING  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will not run for U.S. Senate in 2010.  —  “After careful consideration and many conversations with friends and family and the leadership of my party, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Senate …
BREAKING NEWS: Ridge won't run for Senate  —  After much speculation, former Gov. Tom Ridge today announced that he would not seek the GOP nomination for Senate next year.  —  In a statement, Ridge said he had been heartened by the support and encouragement he received from within the party …
Discussion: TPMDC and Michelle Malkin
Limbaugh to Powell: ‘Become a Democrat’
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Ridge not running for Senate
Washington Post:
Obama's Budget Knife Yields Modest Trims  —  Plan Likely to Face Tough Fight on the Hill  —  President Obama has said for weeks that his staff is scouring the federal budget, “line by line,” for savings.  Today, they will release the results: a plan to trim 121 programs by $17 billion …
The White House:
Determining What Works, Line by Line  —  OMB Director Peter Orszag tells us about the budget being released today, in particular the volume on Terminations, Reductions, and Savings.  —  We in the Administration have spoken often about the President's Budget heralding a new era of responsibility …
Washington Post:
Obama Releases Details of $3.4 Trillion Budget Plan  —  The Obama administration today unveiled program details of a $3.4 trillion federal budget for the fiscal year beginning in October, a proposal that includes substantial increases for a number of domestic priorities as well as a plan …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. message: It's the cuts, stupid
Discussion: The Swamp
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
New Deal: Specter Gets a Subcommittee Chairmanship  —  Senate Democratic leaders have reached agreement with Sen. Arlen Specter to partially restore the party switcher's status on the Judiciary Committee, by granting Specter the chairmanship of the Crime and Drugs Subcommittee.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Sifting Through the Specter Damage
Michael Grunwald / Time:
Republicans in the Wilderness: Is the Party Over?  —  These days, Republicans have the desperate aura of an endangered species.  They lost Congress, then the White House; more recently, they lost a slam-dunk House election in a conservative New York district, then Senator Arlen Specter.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservatives Prep Dossiers, Polls for Court Fight  —  Clockwise from top left: Curt Levey, Gary Marx and Kellyanne Conway (YouTube, Judicial Confirmation Network)  —  Curt Levey sometimes wears a lapel pin with the faces of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito and the legend “Thanks, W.”
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
National Security Adviser Jones Says He's ‘Outsider’ in Frenetic White House  —  President Obama's national security adviser, James L. Jones, looks for rare opportunities to ride his bike from his McLean home to work at the White House.  On occasion, he has pedaled back across the Potomac River for lunch.
Timothy Geithner / New York Times:
How We Tested the Big Banks  —  THIS afternoon, Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve will announce the results of an unprecedented review of the capital position of the nation's largest banks.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Dem centrists press Pelosi to shelve climate bill  —  Democratic centrists are pressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to set aside a flagging climate change bill to focus on what they think is a more achievable goal: overhauling the nation's healthcare system.  —  But those close to Pelosi …
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
The Hill:
Dem centrists press Pelosi to shelve climate bill
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Wonk Room
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
Franken schools heckler  —  Politicians and stand-up comedians both get plenty of hecklers.  And it looks like Al Franken, as both a comedian and the still-disputed senator from Minnesota, is getting his fair share these days.  —  On Tuesday night, at Bobby Van's on 15th Street near the White House …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Is Anyone Reading the News?  —  This remark, from David Simon as reported by Adam Serwer, seems to me to have the correct focus for fretting about the future of journalism: “The day I run into a Huffington Post reporter at a Baltimore zoning board hearing is the day I will no longer be worried about journalism.”
George S. McGovern / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Free Choice’ Act Is Anything But  —  George Meany and binding arbitration.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The recent news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter has become a member of the Democratic caucus has given new life to legislation that many thought had been put to rest for this Congress …
The Hill:
Band of centrists forming for Senate GOP in 2010  —  For those writing Republican centrism's obituary after Arlen Specter's party switch, holster your quills.  —  In fact, if the next few weeks go well for the GOP, it might pave the way for a whole new chapter in the left flank of the right-leaning party.
Walter Pincus / CJR:
Newspaper Narcissism  —  Our pursuit of glory led us away from readers  —  American journalism is in trouble, and the problem is not just financial.  My profession is in distress because for more than a decade it has been chasing the false idols of fame and fortune.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Records violations dog housing nominee  —  Office handed largest fine in U.S. history  —  President Obama's choice for the government's No. 2 housing job is embroiled in the largest fine in U.S. history for “blatant violations” of open records laws after the Washington State …
Dennis B. Roddy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
ACORN workers charged with forging voter registrations  —  Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala today charged seven employees of ACORN — the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — with forgery and election law violations, saying they filed hundreds …
Abby Ellin / Blogs and Stories:
Threesome Marriages  —  Blogs and Stories  —  First came traditional marriage.  Then, gay marriage.  Now, there's a movement combining both—simultaneously.  Abby Ellin visits the next frontier of nuptials: the “triad.”  —  Less than eighteen months ago, Sasha Lessin and Janet Kira Lessin held …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF AT FIRST THE TALKING POINT DOESN'T SUCCEED.... George Will just can't seem to stay away from environmental policy, no matter how much trouble it gets him in.  —  On Sunday, Will argued on ABC's “This Week” that Toyota's Prius is only affordable because the company “sells it at a loss …
Discussion: AutoblogGreen
Phil Kerpen / Fox News:
Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create ‘Islam Day’  —  Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate “Islam Day” — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn't want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.  —  HONOLULU — Hawaii's state …
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Free web news era over, says Murdoch  —  Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul  —  Rupert ­Murdoch expects to start charging for access to News Corporation's newspaper websites within a year as he strives to fix a ­"malfunctioning" business model.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Presenting ... The GOP's New “Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act”!
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Billionaire Donors Split With Obama on Law That May Hurt Hotels
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Fallin: Obama budget is ‘taxation without representation’
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Police goof in raid, city stalls on damages
Discussion: Reason
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
The president has a friend on right flank
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Elevating Newt  —  Obama meets today with Al Sharpton …
Discussion: The Swamp and Taegan Goddard's …