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11:10 AM ET, May 14, 2009

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Teddy Davis / The Note:
Palin Ties Miss California to Obama & Clinton  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) issued a statement Wednesday ginning up conservatives — and creating discomfort for liberals — by pointing out that Miss California Carrie Prejean, President Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Taylor Marsh
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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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Palin backs, relates to, Miss California
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.
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New York Times:
Obama Moves to Bar Release of Detainee Abuse Photos  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday that he would fight to prevent the release of photographs documenting abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States military personnel, reversing his position on the issue …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Release the torture photos
Discussion: The Opinionator and Salon
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 …
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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Weighs Indefinite Detention
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 …
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Ancient man sculpts a grotesque vision of the female form  —  A grotesque carving in mammoth ivory is arguably the world's oldest depiction of a human figure, scientists say.  —  The distorted sculpture, which portrays a woman with huge breasts, big buttocks and exaggerated genitals, is thought to be at least 35,000 years old.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama to Review Supreme Court Candidates Over the Weekend  —  President Obama told senators at a White House meeting yesterday that he would review names of potential Supreme Court nominees over the weekend, leading participants to believe an announcement could come within days …
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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 and Prairie Weather
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Congress and Waterboarding  —  Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to ‘torture.’  —  Someone important appears not to be telling the truth about her knowledge of the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs).  That someone is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Audio: Schumer in 2004 on enhanced interrogation techniques …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Flopping Aces
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
A Big Thaw for Climate Change  —  Cap-and-Trade Moving Ahead  —  After Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) unseated Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) atop the Energy and Commerce Committee last year, conservative Democrats worried that Waxman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would try to ram through a politically toxic climate change bill.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP will use spiking gas prices against climate bill
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Tea Party, Part Deux  —  (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Todd Yates)  —  Two prominent GOP governors will host a telephonic anti-tax tea party today, an effort organized by the Republican Governors Association to capitalize politically on the outrage expressed in last month's nationwide protests.
Ariel Cohen / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama puts Israel at risk  —  As he and Netanyahu prepare to meet, US-Israeli relations are sinking toward an all-time low.  —  The May 18 meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is critical for both nations.  US-Israeli relations are in danger …
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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
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Chinese imports could bring GM political troubles  —  DETROIT (AP) - As thousands of General Motors workers await word on more U.S. plant closures, reports that the company plans to import Chinese-made vehicles to the U.S. have created a political problem for the automaker and the White House.
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: Clusterstock and American Power
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More  —  IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.
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: Hot Air, Don Surber and Betsy's Page
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Rep. Shadegg Dismisses Rush Limbaugh As Just ‘A Television Personality’  —  This morning, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) received enthusiastic praise during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe.  (Host Joe Scarborough called him “the wind beneath my wings.")  Scarborough and Shadegg began by agreeing …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Edwards's Interview Rules: Don't Mention Rielle Hunter by Name  —  Elizabeth Edwards has been willing to talk about most anything in interviews about her new memoir that details her husband John's affair, but only under one condition: Interviewers must agree not to mention the name …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Obama Administration's Economic Lawlessness  —  Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones.  And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil — the rule of law.  The Obama administration is bold.
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.
 
 
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Elliot Blair Smith / Bloomberg:
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Steve Malanga / Wall Street Journal:
Unions vs. Taxpayers
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Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Slow Start to U.S. Plan for Modifying Mortgages
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Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Bankrupt Tribune gives bonuses after berating AIG
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
For Democrats, Unease Grows Over National Security Policy
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