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7:40 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.”
Jules Crittenden:
Sounds Like His Heart Was In The Right Place  —  But it doesn't sound like he knows the troops as well as he thinks he does.  The Hill: … Feherty's rhetorical excess is one of many in a satire-heavy piece that also calls for capital punsihment for pro-lifers.
Associated Press:
Ohio Christian school tells student to skip prom  —  FINDLAY, Ohio - A student at a fundamentalist Baptist school that forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding and kissing will be suspended if he takes his girlfriend to her public high school prom, his principal said.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIS WEEK IN GOD.... First up from the God Machine this week …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Tariffs Are Bad, Mkay?  —  Matt Steinglass breaks with some of his fellow liberals:  —  There are few areas where I agree with the CATO Institute crowd, but this is definitely one of them: long-term tariffs on manufactured goods are really, really stupid.  Germany and Japan …
Richard Florida / Atlantic Correspondents:
Uneven Unemployment  —  The U.S. lost 563,000 jobs in April, down 100,000 or so from the 663,000 jobs lost in March.  But the unemployment rate continued to rise, increasing from 8.5 percent in March to 8.9 percent last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
New York Post:
SEN. PARKER ARRESTED IN FOTOG ATTACK  —  Brooklyn state Sen. Kevin Parker was busted last night after allegedly attacking a New York Post photographer who was trying to take his picture, police said.  —  Parker, a Democrat from the 21st District, became enraged when Post staff photographer …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The Hidden Details in a Teen's Death  —  The fatal shooting of a 17-year-old youth on the streets of the nation's capital gets a two-sentence mention buried in a lengthy April 25 news-in-brief column in Metro, while a panda's colonoscopy at the National Zoo warrants a 240-word story and photograph on Metro's May 2 front page.
Discussion: The Other McCain and RedState
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
Agence France Presse:
Pope's address disappoints Muslim leaders  —  AMMAN (AFP) — Jordanian clerics expressed disappointment that Pope Benedict XVI in an address to Muslim leaders on Saturday failed to offer a new apology for remarks seen as targeting Islam.  —  “We wanted him to clearly apologise,” …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Clarke blasts GOP terror video  —  House Republicans have rolled out another searing video — with terrorist mug shots and World Trade Center footage — to warn people about the shut down of Guantanamo Bay.  But one former Bush administration official is telling them to back off.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama's ‘symbolism over security:’ GOP
Idaho Press Tribune:
Crane will not run for Congress  —  NAMPA - Nampa resident and Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane has decided against running for Walt Minnick's 1st District U.S. Congressional seat in 2010.  —  Crane, a Republican, told the Idaho Press-Tribune Friday he had made the decision not to run.
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
New York Times:
New York Charges Rent for Working Homeless  —  The Bloomberg administration has quietly begun charging rent to homeless families who live in publicly run shelters but have income from jobs.  —  The new policy is based on a 1997 state law that was not enforced until last week …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Don Surber
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 …
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”:
Jim Moran / Washington Post:
By Hosting U.S. Terrorism Trials, Alexandria Can Serve the Nation  —  Obama administration officials say a final decision has not been made about where to relocate the 241 foreign nationals being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and/or where to put them on trial.
Discussion: Commentary and Moe Lane
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Los Angeles Times:
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama wants Fed to be finance supercop
Discussion: D-Day and Corrente
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Weekly Standard:
Stop ObamaCare  —  The Democrats' plan would displace tens …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama to cut slain officers program almost in half
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Enough Corrosion and Corruption
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Gov't sticks with Bush-era polar bear rule
Discussion: QandO, BBC, The Foundry and Don Surber
The Corner:
Krauthammer's Take  —  From last night's “All-Stars.”
Discussion: Commentary
Financial Times:
US banks claim line softened on $74bn