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12:30 PM 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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Wanda Sykes, Rush Limbaugh and the Politics of Humor  —  (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)  —  In politics, as in life, there is a fine line between stupid and clever — to paraphrase the great philosopher (and lead vocalist of Spinal Tap) David St. Hubbins.
NY Daily News:
Meghan McCain a real pain at D.C. dinner  —  Political blogger Meghan McCain isn't exactly the toast of D.C. right now.  —  Sen. John McCain's daughter — who writes online for The Daily Beast and will soon release a book about life as a Republican — lost it after getting stopped by security …
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SCOTUS SHORTLIST?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The SCOTUS shortlist?  According to a couple of sources in the know, there appears to be a working short list of about six names for President Obama's Supreme Court pick.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IS THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY ON OBAMA'S SIDE?  IS OBAMA ON THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY'S SIDE?  —  Jon Cohn is enthused.  Paul Krugman is excited.  Maybe I'm just churlish.  Maybe I'm getting cranky as I age.  But I can't shake my skepticism about today's big health care announcement.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Don't Worry.....It's OK To Laugh*  —  No single event marks our political culture more self-involved as the endless, circular, circuitive yearly debate about the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, a.k.a. Nerd Prom, a.k.a, the one night a year when journalists toast the president …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A New Beginning For Health Care Reform?
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Wanda Sykes' Jokes About Rush Limbaugh Prompt Debate
Donatella Versace / The Huffington Post:
White House Correspondents' Dinner: Glamour Is Back!
Discussion: Althouse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House To Declassify “Holy Grail” Torture Report That Could Undercut Cheney  —  There's a big piece of news about Dick Cheney and torture buried toward the end of this big Washington Post piece about the torture wars.  —  Specifically: The White House has decided to declassify and release …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Greta Handling Todd  —  The increasingly surreal nexus between Greta van Susteren, her Hillarybot super-lawyer husband, the Super Adventure Club, the Palins and, er, journalism, just got weirder:  —  POLITICO started to chat with Alaska's “first dude” when Van Susteren intervened.
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
So I Am Now a “Handler” for Showing Good Manners at a Social Event ? (and a journalist if I don't have good manners?) and by the way, how about CNN?  Are they funny or what ?!?!!  —  First, remember I did not start this little spat and have no interest in having a spat.
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Journalist Roxana Saberi freed by Iranian appeal court verdict  —  Roxana Saberi, an American journalist convicted in Iran on spying charges, is to be freed after an appeals court downgraded her sentence.  —  Roxana Saberi is due to be released  —  Lawyers for the 32-year old said the court …
Discussion: BBC, Reuters and Pajamas Media
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Biden's Advisory Role Expands to Supreme Court Pick  —  The person in the White House most knowledgeable about Supreme Court nominations sits in the vice president's office.  —  With President Obama filling his first high court vacancy with the retirement of Justice David H. Souter …
Discussion: CBS News, Reason, Hot Air, Law Blog and Gawker
John Yoo /
Closing Arguments: Obama needs a neutral justice
Discussion: Weekly Standard and All Spin Zone
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.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Crist Senate bid could threaten GOP control in Fla.  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) candidacy would provide a good bit of clarity in a jumbled Senate race, but it would throw his home state's government — and the recent GOP control — into serious flux.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Casey weighs in on Dem leaders' support for Specter  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pennsylvania's junior Sen. Bob Casey appeared to open the door Sunday for a possible challenger to Arlen Specter, the state's senior senator and a newly-minted Democrat.  —  Casey seemed to part ways with his party's leadership …
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.
GI held after killing 5 U.S. troops in Iraq  —  Contrary to earlier reports, military says soldier did not kill self after attack  —  BAGHDAD - An American soldier opened fire in a “stress clinic” at Baghdad's Camp Liberty and killed five American service members, NBC News reported Monday.
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds  —  California officials say the union may have influenced a federal requirement that a pay cut be reversed for home healthcare workers.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — Officials in the governor's office say a politically powerful union …
Discussion: The Foundry, QandO and AmSpecBlog
Woman survived paragliding accident ‘due to washboard stomach’  —  A woman survived a paragliding accident because her “washboard” stomach muscles protected her other organs, experts told her.  —  Peggy Williams, 47, fell on to a rocky outcrop after a freak gust of wind caught the fabric wing of her paraglider.
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Responsibility Is A Lifestyle: It's Time to Bury Da Beef
New York Times:
Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls
Discussion: Global Guerrillas
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Biden insults President Obama's dog at Syracuse
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Colombian troops killed in ambush
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Plan to Shift Military Spending Faces Skepticism
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