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1:00 PM ET, May 9, 2009


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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Huckabee warns GOP could become ‘irrelevant’  —  (CNN) — Days after national Republicans launched a new campaign to broaden the party's outreach, former upstart presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says the GOP is at risk of becoming “irrelevant as the Whigs.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Name That Party - Special CYA With The CIA Edition  —  The NY Times reports on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's credibility problem with the CIA enhanced interrogation program and gives us a couple of chances to lay “Name That Party!”.  The Times open with some background and a warm-up opportunity to play “Name That Party”:
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Favors Limits on Credit Card Fees  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama called on Congress to pass a credit card reform bill, aimed at trying to stop credit card companies from imposing certain late fees.  —  Saying that he is focusing on “clearing away the wreckage of this recession,” …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIS WEEK IN GOD.... First up from the God Machine this week is an ongoing source of concern for those interested in religious liberty: the intersection of evangelism and the U.S. military. … The Al Jazeera report is part of the larger phenomenon of blurring the proselytizing line in the military …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Obama Set to Revive Military Commissions  —  The Obama administration is preparing to revive the system of military commissions established at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under new rules that would offer terrorism suspects greater legal protections, government officials said.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
THE AUDACITY OF TOKENISM.  —  I think Jonah Goldberg deserves some credit for saying just what's on his mind here.  He thinks “an Hispanic Ward Connerly could do wonders for the GOP.” … This is the general attitude of the GOP, that no changes are needed in their platform or approach …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
The Florida Underdog  —  Marco Rubio's uphill race against Charlie Crist.  —  Last Tuesday, Republican Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, announced a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.  At 37, Rubio, a fresh-faced charismatic Cuban American …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Weekly Standard:
Stop ObamaCare  —  The Democrats' plan would displace tens of millions of happily insured Americans and exacerbate the worst elements of the current system.  —  President Obama and the Democratic leaders of Congress have made it clear that health care reform is their top legislative priority this year.
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and ObamaCare  —  The sound of silence is deafening.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Won Concessions on Tests  —  Fed Cut Billions Off Some Initial Capital-Shortfall Estimates; Tempers Flare at Wells  —  The Federal Reserve at the last minute significantly scaled back the size of the capital hole facing some of the nation's biggest banks, following days of intense bargaining …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Specter clarifies ‘cancer’ site  —  Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign team has changed the layout of its Web site to make it clear that the site is aimed at promoting Specter's reelection to the Senate.  —  The move follows criticism that the site - and Specter's description of it on …
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
MoveOn moves against Specter
Discussion: TigerHawk and Open Left
Danica Coto / Associated Press:
Frogs flown from Montserrat to flee deadly fungus  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Scientists are airlifting dozens of one of the world's largest frogs off of Montserrat island to save them from a deadly fungus devastating their dwindling habitat.  The dense forest of this tiny British Caribbean territory …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof and
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Alexander: Why not probe Congress on briefings?  —  During a scantly noticed exchange in a Thursday Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asked Attorney General Eric Holder a potentially explosive question — given the furor over Nancy Pelosi's 2002 interrogation briefing.
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Religion, agnostics, and the cure for baldness … I'm always on the lookout for religion's latest counter-arguments, the new rhetorical approaches that God People are constantly fine-tuning for use in pimping the righteousness of faith (and for demonstrating the moral dissoluteness of agnostics like myself).
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama wants Fed to be finance supercop
Discussion: Corrente
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's ‘symbolism over security:’ GOP
Discussion: The Hill
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama to cut slain officers program almost in half
Discussion: RedState
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Enough Corrosion and Corruption
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Gov't sticks with Bush-era polar bear rule
Discussion: The Foundry and Don Surber
The Corner:
Krauthammer's Take  —  From last night's “All-Stars.”
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Moe Tkacik / TPMMuckraker:
Are AIG FP Employees Using Bailout Cash To Get Jobs Elsewhere?
Discussion: Seeing the Forest