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9:00 PM ET, May 8, 2009


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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
White House aide Louis Caldera loses job over Manhattan flyover fiasco involving Air Force One  —  WASHINGTON - The White House aide who authorized the controversial Air Force One photo-op flight last week around the Statue of Liberty is out of a job.  —  President Obama has accepted …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama to Address Muslim World From Egypt  —  President Obama will make his promised speech to the Muslim world from Egypt, a White House official said on Friday.  —  Obama pledged during the campaign to address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital within the first few months of taking office.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
After Flyover of Air Force One Backup, Military Office Director Resigns  —  The White House on Friday released the April 27 photo of the plane flying over New York City.  —  The director of the White House Military Office submitted his resignation on Friday, less than two weeks after he authorized …
Michael Muskal / Top of the Ticket:
White House aide out after $357,012 photo-op with Air Force One  —  A White House aide joined the unemployment lines today for his role in Air Force One's controversial photo-op flyover above New York, the Obama administration just announced.  (Of course, it's scheduled for a Friday afternoon.)
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Train Wreck Ahead?
Discussion: Mondoweiss
White House official resigns over NYC flyover
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
CBS announcer: Any U.S. soldier would shoot Pelosi, strangle Reid  —  CBS Sports commentator David Feherty drew criticism Friday for suggesting any U.S. soldier would murder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) if given the chance.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and MyDD
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CIA Admits That Info About Torture Briefings For Dems May Not Be Accurate
The Caucus:   Pelosi Criticized Over Interrogation Briefings
Brutally Honest:
Someone at Best Western gets it  —  If this ad doesn't present a story worth telling, nothing does:  —  With props to Bob McCarty.
Michael Atherton / Times of London:
Barack Obama to walk in footsteps of uncle who helped free Buchenwald  —  Tom Baldwin in Washington, and Roger Boyes in Berlin  —  President Obama is preparing to follow in the footsteps of his great-uncle, Charlie, with a visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany when he returns to Europe this summer.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Cassy Fiano
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Egyptian speech to Muslim world
Discussion: The Politico
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
A Mind-Meld Q&A With Leonard Nimoy  —  Leonard Nimoy is an author whose poetry collections include “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life,” a photographer whose monographs include “Shekhina” and the director of seven films including “Three Men and a Baby.”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Family Research Council: We Could Support Gay SCOTUS, But Not One …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF IT'S SUNDAY.... Just yesterday, Dick Cheney explained his belief that it's time for some of the older establishment Republican voices to exit the stage.  “I think periodically we have to go through one these sessions.  It helps clear away some of the underbrush,” the former vice president said …
Discussion: The Hill and The Huffington Post
Geithner Bets U.S. Can Avoid Japan Trap on Banks  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is betting that U.S. banks can do something their Japanese counterparts were unable to accomplish in that country's “lost decade” of the 1990s: earn their way out of trouble.
Discussion: New York Times
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Are We Turning Japanese Deliberately?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Chicago Breaking News:
Alan Keyes among 22 arrested at Notre Dame  —  Former Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes and 21 other protesters were arrested this morning when they refused to leave the Notre Dame campus during a protest of President Obama's upcoming commencement address there, authorities said.
John Consoli / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama drama  —  Nets take a stand against primetime pre-emptions  —  By and large, they personally forked out for his campaign, they voted for him, and they know he is capable of boosting TV ratings just by making an appearance.  —  But executives at the Big Four broadcast networks …
E! Online:
Palin “Supports” Prejean, Dad Claims  —  Carrie Prejean and Sarah Palin go together like lipstick and pigs.  —  So says Prejean's father, at least, who tells E! News in an exclusive interview that the Alaska governor has already been in touch with his lightning-rod spawn.
Brian Joseph / Total Buzz:
Tran launches Congressional campaign... in wrong district  —  After years of will-he or won't-he speculation, Assemblyman Van Tran officially launched his quest to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez at a press conference this afternoon at a Little Saigon office building in Westminster.
Discussion: Swing State Project and Calitics
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CAN LOCAL BLOGGERS REPLACE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE?  —  “Not only is it going to be intrinsically difficult to ever find a viable revenue model for paying a reporter to cover the zoning board if people don't want to read about the zoning board,” writes Matt Yglesias, “[but] I'm not actually sure …
Wall Street Journal:
A Pacific Warning  —  Australia prepares for U.S. decline.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Since World War II, U.S. military dominance has underpinned the Asia-Pacific region's prosperity and relative peace.  So it's cause for concern when one of America's closest allies sees …
Discussion: ParaPundit
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democrats Do Best Among Generation Y and Baby Boomers  —  Republicans do better among Generation X  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Although Democrats currently enjoy a party identification advantage over Republicans among Americans at every age between 18 to 85, the Democrats' greatest advantages come among …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Cue the world's smallest violin.  Again  —  The Hollywood Reporter goes big today with a long article about how entertainment execs at the nets hate pre-empting their schedules for Obama's primetime pressers.  About how the nets are losing millions of dollars in ad revenue, although actually …
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
MoveOn moves against Specter  —  One of the nation's largest liberal advocacy organizations, , is resisting efforts to clear the Democratic primary field for Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter.  —  The political arm of MoveOn flexed its muscle Friday by releasing …
Discussion: Open Left
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Sources: Senators weigh 3 government health plans  —  WASHINGTON - Senators are considering three different designs for a new government health insurance plan that middle-income Americans could buy into for the first time, congressional officials said Friday.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Governor Clintonism?  —  The Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, held at Richmond's sprawl of a convention center on a mild Saturday night in February, was particularly festive this year.  The Democratic Party is enjoying a resurgence in Virginia …
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Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and ObamaCare  —  The sound of silence is deafening.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:
Media Still Covering Up The $400 Billion Fannie And Freddie Scandal
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Mainstream Bigotry and Racism on the Democratic-Left
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The New Republic:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Rortybomb:
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Discussion: Clusterstock and FT Alphaville
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-contractor given probation in slaying of Afghan
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Ready or Not, Katrina Victims Lose Temporary Housing
Discussion: MyDD, Boing Boing and Raw Story
Greg Hengler /
Howard Dean: ‘I Think We Had Quite Enough Capitalism’
Discussion: Hot Air
Jack Healy / New York Times:
U.S. Jobless Rate Hits 8.9%, but Pace of Losses Eases
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Reason:
Your Yard Sale Is Illegal
Discussion: QandO and Fausta's Blog