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9:30 PM ET, May 12, 2009


 Top Items: 
Miss California Topless — Oops, She Did It Again  —  Carrie Prejean must have a really, really bad memory — because TMZ uncovered a brand new set of topless photos “biblically correct” Miss California took before she applied for the crown.  —  These pics were taken just last year — meaning Carrie was the ripe ol' LEGAL age of 20.
Mike Sargent /
Contessa Brewer Calls Carrie Prejean A ‘Hater’
Discussion: Hot Air and
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Lede:
Trump Rules: Miss California Is Not Fired
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Jesse Ventura: You Give Me a Water Board, Dick Cheney and One Hour, and I'll Have Him Confess to the Sharon Tate Murders  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  On Larry King Live Jesse Ventura takes on the Bush administration chickenhawks and Rush Limbaugh, and defends Colin Powell.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Old Faithful of Nonsense  —  Can't we send Dick Cheney back to Wyoming?  Shouldn't we chip in and buy him a home where the buffalo roam and there's always room for one more crazy old coot down at the general store?  —  For the final act of his too-long public career …
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Cheney backs Jeb for president
The White House:
Clearing the Air  —  Media reports today are suggesting that OMB has found fault with EPA's proposed finding that emissions of greenhouse gases from motor vehicles contribute to air pollution that endangers public health and welfare.  Any reports suggesting that OMB was opposed to the finding are unfounded.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
OMB memo raises doubts about EPA findings
Discussion: Hot Air
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
White House memo challenges EPA finding on warming
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War: Conservative Candidate Uses Image Of Obama To Attack Moderate GOPer  —  Another mark of just how far to the right the GOP has moved:  —  Barely moments after the news broke that Governor and stimulus-supporter Charlie Crist has entered the Florida GOP primary …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and TPMDC
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Conservatives may buck Crist  —  The expected announcement Tuesday by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist that he's running for the Senate would seem to be a rare bit of good news for beleaguered Republicans.  —  But while Crist is a brand-name recruit with sky-high approval ratings and bipartisan appeal …
Rachel Kapochunas / CQ Politics:
Crist's Senate Bid Flips CQ Ratings on Florida Races
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama administration threatens Britain to keep torture evidence concealed  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Ever since he was released from Guantanamo in February after six years of due-process-less detention and brutal torture, Binyam Mohamed has been attempting to obtain justice for what was done to him.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:   Obama threatens to limit U.S. intel with Brits
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Inhofe: 200 ‘hard core terrorists’ to be ‘turned loose’ in U.S.
Timothy F. Geithner /
A MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC:  —  Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs.  This message summarizes our 2009 Annual Reports.  —  The financial condition of the Social Security and Medicare programs remains challenging.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Insolvency for Social Security and Medicare Is Seen Closer
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
What if Cheney's Right?  —  Blogger Alert: I have written a column in defense of Dick Cheney.  I know how upsetting this will be to some Cheney critics, and I count myself as one, who think — in respectful paraphrase of what Mary McCarthy said about Lillian Hellman — that everything he says is a lie, including the ands and the thes.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Rove: Ending Torture Gives Terrorists 'A Tool To Make It More …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Soda Tax Weighed to Pay for Health Care  —  Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system.  —  The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Richard Posner Throwing In the Towel on the Conservative Movement  —  I actually don't know that much about Richard Posner's political views, being primarily familiar with his (quite good, in my opinion) more abstract and philosophical work.  But he's definitely a political conservative …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Obama to Reverse on Release of Detainee Treatment Photos?  —  From White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs's press briefing today: … This sounds to me as if the president is getting ready to reverse the decision of his Justice Department.  I expect him to announce …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel  —  Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month's “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that's being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.”  —  The Republican Governors Association …
Discussion: The Note, RedState and Hot Air
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
It's A Good Time To Work For Uncle Sam  —  President Obama's call last year for “shared sacrifice” doesn't extend to federal employees, at least based on the details of his administration's 2010 budget released this week.  —  At a time when the official unemployment rate is nearing double digits …
Discussion: theblogprof
Lt. Daniel Choi / CNN:
Gay soldier: Don't fire me  —  • Military … Open Letter to President Obama and Every Member of Congress:  —  I have learned many lessons in the ten years since I first raised my right hand at the United States Military Academy at West Point and committed to fighting for my country.
FDA Blasts General Mills Over Cheerios Claim  —  Cereal Makers Scolded Because Claim Of Lowering Cholesterol 10 Percent In Month Makes It A “Drug”  —  Company Fires Back: This Is About Language, Not Science  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― The Food and Drug Administration scolded the makers …
The Plank:
Obama Breaks With Gates, Cancels Nuke Program  —  Obama's new budget plan includes a little-noted sea change in U.S. nuclear policy, and a step towards his vision of a denuclearized world.  It provides no funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead program, created to design a new generation …
Michael Grunwald / Time:
Why the Pentagon Axed Its Afghanistan Warlord  —  U.S. Army Lieut. General Stanley McChrystal  —  Public beheadings in Afghanistan are usually associated with the Taliban, but on Monday it was Defense Secretary Robert Gates metaphorically wielding the ax from the Pentagon platform.
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
Sometimes Silence Is Golden  —  The GOP Would Be Well-Advised To Take A Page From The Democratic Playbook And Steer Clear Of Politically Divisive Issues  —  The other day, a Republican campaign operative whose experience dates back to George H.W. Bush's White House political office was lamenting …
Discussion: Open Left and Balloon Juice
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
How ObamaCare Will Affect Your Doctor  —  Expect longer waits for appointments as physicians get pinched on reimbursements.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  At the heart of President Barack Obama's health-care plan is an insurance program funded by taxpayers, administered by Washington, and open to everyone.
Discussion: and Donklephant
Dead Woman Gets Federal Stimulus Check  —  ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — Millions of Americans on Social Security are receiving $250 checks as part of the president's stimulus plan — including an Anne Arundel woman who died more than 40 years ago.  —  The woman's son, 83-year-old James Hagner …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin signs book deal with HarperCollins  —  Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers for what is described as her memoir.  —  “There have been so many things written and said through mainstream media that have not been accurate, and it will be nice through …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Democrats: CIA is out to get us
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Commentary
Sen. Barbara Boxer / The Huffington Post:
Nominate a Woman  —  Women make up 51% of our nation's population.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Friendly fire: Labor targets McGovern
Joshua Wolf Shenk / The Atlantic Online:
What Makes Us Happy?
Mike Huckabee / Fox News:
Leaders Shouldn't Have to Form a Listening Tour
Discussion: Politics Daily
Brent Baker /
Koppel: ‘Enhanced Interrogation Technique’ …
Byron York /
Obama's dangerous budget leaves GOP at loss for words
Discussion: and protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Can Mitch Daniels Save the GOP?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Finney Boylan / New York Times:
Is My Marriage Gay?