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3:40 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 …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
President Obama Reverses Course on Releasing More Detainee Abuse Photographs  —  President Obama defended his decision to fight the release of photos showing detainee abuse Wednesday afternoon, saying it would only put American troops in harms way and create a backlash against Americans.
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   Very Lame  —  The White House has decided to reverse course …
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:
Teddy Davis / The Note:
Palin Ties Miss California to Obama & Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
PREDICTION: PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL NOMINATE JUDGE DIANE WOOD OF SEVENTH CIRCUIT  —  With all the talk about whom the President should nominate, there's been less focus on whom the president will nominate.  You can look at the Intrade predictions market here, which reflects Judge Sotomayor in the lead …
The Huffington Post:
Sotomayor's Medical History Sparks Wider Debate  —  With President Obama's Supreme Court choice expected within weeks, the vetting process for prospective candidates has grown more intense.  Judicial rulings, legal papers, public statements and financial records all are being pored over with eagle eyes.
Discussion: Wonkette and Ben Smith's Blog
CNN:   Obama reportedly to name high court pick soon
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
Roger Simon / The Politico:
GOP to rebrand Dems as ‘socialists’  —  A member of the Republican National Committee told me Tuesday that when the RNC meets in an extraordinary special session next week, it will approve a resolution rebranding Democrats as the “Democrat Socialist Party.”  —  When I asked if such a resolution …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Socialist Schmocialist  —  They're finally getting serious:
Discussion: Open Left and American Power
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Senate Rejects Limit 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 easily turned back an effort to cap interest rates at 15 percent.
Discussion: Open Left and New York Times
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: Majikthise
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Audio: Schumer in 2004 on enhanced interrogation techniques; Update: Hypocrisy confirmed  —  In fairness, I don't know that I've heard Senator Chuck Schumer among the voices looking to round up a lynch mob for those in the Bush administration who approved, conducted, or advised …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Flopping Aces
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Cheney Agonistes
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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 …
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.
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.
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” …
Discussion: The Politico
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
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: MyDD and
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Unease Grows for Democrats Over Security  —  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 of what to do with prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Katie Hasty / Hitfix:
Bruce Springsteen D.C. show overbooked by TicketsNow  —  Fans eager for premium seats at the Verizon Center show lose their spot  —  It seems Ticketmaster just can't do right by Bruce Springsteen fans.  —  According to the Associated Press, the ticketing giant's resale website TicketsNow oversold …
Jon Basil Utley / Reason:
Obama and the Alternative Energy Fiasco  —  It's only a matter of time before President Barack Obama's vast popularity runs aground on his energy policies.  In the name of saving the planet from global warming, he has delayed new oil drilling, an action that will have major political repercussions once the world economy recovers.
MyFox Los Angeles:
Police Pursuit Ends in Crash, Arrests  —  A driver who fled from an attempted traffic stop in El Monte led police on a high-speed pursuit on freeways and surface streets that ended with a collision in Pico Rivera, followed by a foot pursuit that prompted questions about whether officers used excessive force while arresting the man.
Discussion: Associated Press, L.A. Now and TalkLeft
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
At ASU, Obama promotes service  —  TEMPE, Ariz. - President Obama used his first commencement speech since taking office to implore the graduates of Arizona State University to resist the temptations of materialism and status and instead choose a life of service and commitment to help rebuild the country.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP PAC warns Senate Republicans  —  The National Republican Trust PAC, currently the best-funded and most aggressive independent Republican group, has dispatched a round of letters to Republican senators threatening to go after senators who back President Obama's judicial nominees.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Daily Kos
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.
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Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
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The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson All Alone In Quest To Block Health Care Reform
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Discussion: The Plank
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Poised to Charge Mozilo With Fraud
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
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The Truth Behind the Social Security and Medicare Alarm Bells
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