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3:40 PM ET, May 10, 2009

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Richard Leiby / Washington Post:
Obama Delivers the Zingers at Journalists' Dinner  —  When President Obama made his debut as the nation's Stand-Up-in-Chief last night — the star attraction at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner — no one in his administration was safe from his one-liners.
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Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
SHE SAID WHAT?!  Wanda Sykes Gives Extremely Partisan Performance At White House Correspondents Dinner Tonight  —  2nd UPDATE: Here is video of Wanda Sykes' performance in its entirety.  —  Part One...  Part Two...  UPDATE: I've been to the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Malcom_X / The Politico:
‘John Boehner ... is a person of color’
Discussion: The Fix and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
For Washington Journalists, One Night to Laugh
Ken Tucker / EW.com:   President Obama and Wanda Sykes knock 'em dead at the White House …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Edwards Staff Had Affair ‘Doomsday’ Strategy  —  During our Roundtable discussion on “This Week” we discussed Elizabeth Edwards' candid interview with Oprah about her husband's affair.  —  ABC columnist George Will suggested former Sen. John Edwards was irresponsible to campaign for the Democratic Party nomination.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Be the Party of No  —  It's the route to Republican landslides.  —  Republican leaders in Congress have created something called the National Council for a New America (NCNA).  It describes itself as “not a Republican-only forum” but one that seeks to “engage people in a discussion …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Cheney: As a Republican, I choose Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell.  —  Last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the Republican Party is in “deep trouble” because it is “getting smaller” and being led by far right polarizing figures.  Specifically, he said that Rush Limbaugh …
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Jonathan Martin / Politico Live's Blog:
Cheney on Colin Powell: “I didn't know he was still a Republican”  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney took an extraordinary public swipe at Colin Powell Sunday, questioning in a TV interview whether the former Bush administration secretary of state was even a Republican anymore.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Pelosi makes surprise visit to Iraq  —  In a brief, unannounced trip to Iraq, Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for better intelligence gathering there before the U.S. withdraws most of its combat troops from the country, according to news reports.  —  Pelosi, a longtime critic of the war …
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Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Pelosi wants US to strengthen intelligence in Iraq
Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Pelosi's amnesia  —  Either that or she slept through CIA briefings
Leonard Doyle / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's rich supporters fear his tax plans show he's a class warrior  —  Some of Barack Obama's richest supporters fear they have elected a “class warrior” to the White House, who will turn America's freewheeling capitalism into a more regulated European system.
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The Wall Street Journal / Fox News:
Obama to Propose More Taxes From Estates, Firms to Fund Health Care Reform
The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: “McCarthyist” Obama Wants To “Put Terrorists On Welfare” (VIDEO)  —  HuffPost coverage of the Sunday show appearances of Sen. John McCain and former Vice President Dick Cheney coming soon...  In an interview that was fiery even by his standards, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused …
Fox News:
Petraeus: Al Qaeda No Longer Operating in Afghanistan  —  Gen. David Petraeus says affiliated organizations still have “enclaves and sanctuaries” in the country.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The head of U.S. Central Command said Sunday that Al Qaeda is no longer operating in Afghanistan …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Don Surber
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The American Press on Suicide Watch  —  IF you wanted to pick the moment when the American news business went on suicide watch, it was almost exactly three years ago.  That's when Stephen Colbert, appearing at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, delivered a monologue accusing …
Joe Biesk / Associated Press:
Senate seat is talk of dinner  —  FRANKFORT — Kentucky Republican stalwarts put on a united front Saturday night and predicted future political success, despite a recent public spat between the state's two GOP U.S. senators.  —  Questions surrounding the future of U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning lingered among …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
 
 
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Scouring Obama's Past for Clues on Judiciary
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Agence France Presse:
Russia warns foes in Soviet-style show of might
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Put Aside Logic
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Memos shed light on CIA use of sleep deprivation
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Marci Klein, SNL Producer, On Sarah Palin's Handshake, Writing …
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