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9:20 AM ET, May 14, 2009


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David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Obama's Sister Soulja Moment?  —  President Obama's decision this week to reconsider release of inflammatory Pentagon interrogation photos may mark a shift in his administration's handling of politically charged national security issues — upsetting his allies on the left but making some new friends among conservatives in the military.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Left Rises Up Against Obama  —  President Barack Obama's reversal on the release of detainee photos has angered the liberal left, a perceived poke in the eye that has left some questioning Obama's commitment to progressive policies.  —  In brief remarks before heading to Arizona to deliver …
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Weighs Indefinite Detention  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil — indefinitely and without trial — as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Huffington Post:
Sotomayor's Medical History Sparks Wider Debate
Discussion: Wonkette and Ben Smith's Blog
Los Angeles Times:
Obama takes risk with reversal on detainee photos
Discussion: Washington Post
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
President Obama Reverses Course on Releasing More Detainee Abuse Photographs
Bill Mears / CNN:   Obama reportedly to name Supreme Court pick
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olbermann sneers at “St. Carrie of La Jolla” for seven minutes  —  Not his ugliest performance ever — not even his ugliest with respect to Miss Cali — but possibly his most gutless.  I'll let one of his sharpest lefty critics, Bob Somerby of the Daily Howler, explain:
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Miss December 2001 decides she can no longer associate with Miss USA pageant  —  Shanna Moakler, whose erstwhile career as a Playboy centerfold has been previously noted here, considers Carrie Prejean a disgrace: … Thank you, Miss December 2001 and divorced mom.
Teddy Davis / The Note:
Palin Ties Miss California to Obama & Clinton
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Rejects a 15% Ceiling on Credit Card Interest Rates  —  Despite complaints that banks and credit card companies are gouging customers by charging outrageous interest rates, the Senate on Wednesday turned back an effort to cap interest rates at 15 percent.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Majikthise
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Cheney Seizes the Spotlight, Many Republicans Wince  —  As vice president, Richard B. Cheney famously spent much of the past eight years in undisclosed locations and offering private advice to President George W. Bush.  But past was not prologue.  —  Today Cheney is the most visible …
Discussion: The Plum Line and AMERICAblog News
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Audio: Schumer in 2004 on enhanced interrogation techniques …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Flopping Aces
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Cheney Agonistes
Discussion: Daily Pundit
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
Full-Figured Statuette, 35,000 Years Old, Provides New Clues to How Art Evolved  —  No one would mistake the Stone Age ivory carving for a Venus de Milo.  The voluptuous woman depicted is, to say the least, earthier, with huge, projecting breasts and sexually explicit genitals.
Discussion: Discover Magazine
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP will use spiking gas prices against climate bill  —  Republicans believe that rising gas prices are their trump card against a Democratic-sponsored climate change bill.  —  The GOP is struggling to regain footing after two successive electoral blowouts, but party leaders are relishing …
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems pack July agenda
Discussion: The Politico
Jon Basil Utley / Reason:   Obama and the Alternative Energy Fiasco
Vets expose advocate as impostor  —  The leader of a statewide veterans group who fought for homeless veterans in Colorado Springs was in the Denver County jail on Wednesday, unmasked as a former psychiatric patient who posed as a wounded Marine officer and 9/11 survivor.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice  —  HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) - Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.
Discussion: US News, Hot Air and Flopping Aces
Olsen Ebright / NBC Chicago:
Cop Punts Suspect's Head; High Five Ensues  —  Fleeing from police, endangering lives earns boot to the head  —  LOS ANGELES — Despite lying on the ground with his arms and legs spread, a suspect — who police say is a known gang member — got a face full of police boot on Wednesday.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Data belie Biden stimulus anecdotes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first quarterly report on the nation's stimulus package, Vice President Joe Biden uses anecdotes to paint a glowing picture of an economy on the rebound.  In reality, the picture is incomplete and the colors far more muted.
Discussion: Don Surber and Betsy's Page
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Obama warns Netanyahu: Don't surprise me with Iran strike  —  U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that Israel not surprise the U.S. with an Israeli military operation against Iran.  The message was conveyed by a senior American official …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democrats to Develop Plan to Sell Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — Alarmed at Republican attacks on President Obama's health care proposals, Senate Democrats huddled Wednesday with White House officials to formulate a response.  —  Democrats said they felt an urgent need to devise a “message” …
Nouriel Roubini / New York Times:
The Almighty Renminbi?  —  THE 19th century was dominated by the British Empire, the 20th century by the United States.  We may now be entering the Asian century, dominated by a rising China and its currency.  While the dollar's status as the major reserve currency will not vanish overnight, we can no longer take it for granted.
Discussion: American Power and Clusterstock
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’  —  Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting …
Discussion: BitsBlog, MyDD and
Mike Zapler / Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Schwarzenegger to propose selling San Quentin  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today will propose selling San Quentin Prison, the Los Angeles Coliseum and other state-owned properties in a bid to raise cash to counter the state's daunting budget shortfall.  —  He also wants to accelerate …
Robert Windrem / Blogs and Stories:
Cheney's Role Deepens  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Former NBC Investigative Producer Robert Windrem reports that the Vice President's office suggested waterboarding an Iraqi prisoner who was suspected of knowing about a relationship between Al Qaeda and Saddam.
The Huffington Post:
FBI Investigating Coleman In Minnesota  —  The FBI is investigating allegations that former Senator Norm Coleman had clothing and other items purchased on his behalf by a longtime friend and businessman Nasser Kazeminy, according to a source in Minnesota who was interviewed recently by federal agents.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
For Democrats, Unease Grows Over National Security Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are voicing growing unease over the Obama administration's national security policies, including the seemingly open-ended commitment in Afghanistan and the nettlesome question …
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Pundit
Warner Todd Huston /
More Old Media Hypocrisy on Palin's Book Deal  —  As Geoffery Dickens reported earlier, Chris Matthews attacked Goveror Sarah Palin for hiring a ghostwriter for her upcoming book deal.  In like fashion, Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune's The Swamp Blog has also gotten into Laugh …
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