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9:10 AM ET, May 11, 2009


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Harry, Louise and Barack  —  Is this the end for Harry and Louise?  —  Harry and Louise were the fictional couple who appeared in advertisements run by the insurance industry in 1993, fretting about what would happen if “government bureaucrats” started making health care decisions.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Former Hospital CEO Rick Scott Leads Opposition to Obama on Health Care  —  Ads Cite Long Waits In Canada and Britain  —  The television ads that began airing last week feature horror stories from Canada and the United Kingdom: Patients who allegedly suffered long waits for surgeries …
Washington Post:
Industry Groups Pledge to Stem Health-Care Cost Increases  —  $2 Trillion in Savings Offered Over Decade, White House Says  —  Volunteering to “do our part” to tackle runaway health costs, leading groups in the health-care industry have offered to squeeze $2 trillion in savings …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Healthcare reform no ‘luxury’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Politico
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Wanda Sykes' Jokes About Rush Limbaugh Prompt Debate  —  There's some chatter in the blogosphere and on cable TV about comedian Wanda Sykes' routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last night, particularly her jokes about conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh.
Michelle Malkin:
The most self-absorbed night in Washington (since the inaugural)  —  I spent a blissful Mother's Day weekend unplugged and away from the news.  So if you're looking for outrage, faux outrage, and extended commentary on all the narcissism and nastiness at the White House Correspondents Dinner, you'll have to look elsewhere.
CQ Politics:
CQ Transcript: Former Vice President Cheney on CBS's ‘Face the Nation’  —  CQ Transcriptswire  —  FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DICK CHENEY  —  [*] SCHIEFFER: Today on “Face the Nation,” former Vice President Dick Cheney , and he's talking.  His old boss George Bush has left town …
Mickey Meece / New York Times:
Backlash: Women Bullying Women at Work  —  YELLING, scheming and sabotaging: all are tell-tale signs that a bully is at work, laying traps for employees at every pass.  —  During this downturn, as stress levels rise, workplace researchers say, bullies are likely to sharpen their elbows and ratchet up their attacks.
Echidne / ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:   The Bully Boys Gals
Washington Post:
Lawyer: Iran to Free Iranian-American Journalist  —  Iranian judicial authorities have suspended the remainder of the eight-year jail sentence given to Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi for alleged espionage and will release her Monday, her lawyer said.
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
King Abdullah of Jordan's ultimatum: peace now or it's war next year  —  Richard Beeston and Michael Binyon in Amman  —  America is putting the final touches to a hugely ambitious peace plan for the Middle East, aimed at ending more than 60 years of conflict between Israel and the Arabs …
Richard Beeston / Times of London:
King Abdullah: ‘This is not a two-state solution, it is a 57-state solution’
Discussion: Power Line
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Administration Plans to Strengthen Antitrust Rules  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's top antitrust official this week plans to restore an aggressive enforcement policy against corporations that use their market dominance to elbow out competitors or to keep them from gaining market share.
Zardari Says Pakistan Isn't Adding Nuclear Weapons  —  Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said his country isn't adding to its nuclear arsenal and doesn't have to disclose the location of its weapons to the U.S.  —  Pakistan is “not adding to our stockpile as such,” Zardari said today on NBC's “Meet the Press” program.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Picks Up in May  —  Still, only 25% say they would definitely vote to re-elect him in 2012  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama appears to be slightly more popular with Americans at the start of his second 100 days in office than he was, on average, during his first 100.
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