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4:05 PM ET, May 7, 2009


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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 …
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 …
Limbaugh to Powell: ‘Become a Democrat’
Discussion: PoliBlog and Sister Toldjah
Ridge not running for Senate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Ridge not running for Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Why Peter Orszag Reminds Me of John McCain
Discussion: Salon and Democracy in America
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Joe The Plumber — Quitting The GOP?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and D-Day
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Presenting ... The GOP's New “Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act”!  —  A House GOP staffer sends over a summary of the “Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act,” which the GOP leadership plans to unveil later today at a press conference, in keeping with the stepped-up national security attacks on Obama I noted here yesterday.
Fox News:
Lawmakers Spar Over Closing Guantanamo Prison
Discussion: Weekly Standard and RedState
Theresa Cook / The Note:
Holder Asks for $30 Million to Close Gitmo
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Free cars for poor fuel road rage  —  Gov. Deval Patrick's free wheels for welfare recipients program is revving up despite the stalled economy, as the keys to donated cars loaded with state-funded insurance, repairs and even AAA membership are handed out to get them to work.
Las Vegas Sun:
Judge takes step to air his views  —  UNLV fellow, Bush memo author seeks to meet Titus  —  WASHINGTON — As criticism of federal appellate court Judge Jay Bybee mounts for authorizing harsh interrogation techniques as a Bush administration lawyer, the Nevada jurist has reached out to members …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Bush Administration Officials Behind Interrogation Memos May Avoid …
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 …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hatch: Sotomayor has ‘a problem’  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday that Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past statement that the “court of appeals is where policy is made” would be a problem for her if she were nominated for the Supreme Court.  —  “That's a problem,” Hatch said during …
Dan Froomkin / White House Watch:
Any Remorse, Mr. President?  —  The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed yesterday that “dozens of people, including women and children,” were killed in U.S. air strikes on villages in Western Afghanistan Monday night.  —  You might think something like this would way heavily on President Obama's heart.
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Sifting Through the Specter Damage  —  Photo by Gerald Martineau of the Washington Post  —  A series of odd incidents that have proceeded from Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch last week have raised questions about whether the newest Democrat …
Jeff Greenwald / Salon:
Obama is Spock: It's quite logical  —  “Star Trek” is a cultural comet.  From its tiny, ancient core — a mere 79 episodes, airing before we set foot on the moon — a seemingly infinite tail has grown, its glow still bright after 43 years.  The original series (featuring James T. Kirk …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Thou Shall Not Mock Obama's Mustard
Discussion: Fausta's Blog, Moe Lane and The Sleuth
Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator:
Why David Simon is Wrong About Blogs and Local Reporting
Discussion: Gawker
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
In re: Darleen's post on “health care reform”
Discussion: Cold Fury
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Silly John Kerry worried about online journalism, 70 million bloggers
Discussion: Reason
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Inhuman”  —  It's odd, isn't it, that we use this word …
Discussion: Commentary
Billionaire Donors Split With Obama on Law That May Hurt Hotels
Discussion: The Swamp and Firedoglake
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Fallin: Obama budget is ‘taxation without representation’
Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Napolitano Atones for DHS Report
Discussion: RedState and The Plum Line
a Baltimore Sun / Baltimore Sun:
Police goof in raid, city stalls on damages
Discussion: Reason
The Hill:
Band of centrists forming for Senate GOP in 2010
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Records violations dog housing nominee
Discussion: Moonbattery