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8:55 PM ET, May 15, 2009

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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Gingrich: Pelosi ‘Lied,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Dishonest,’ ‘Vicious,’ ‘Trivial’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today offered a blistering critique of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of oversight on harsh interrogation tactics, in a major escalation of partisan attacks being aimed at Pelosi.
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Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Panetta to CIA: We told Pelosi the truth  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta just sent a stern message to his employees defending the agency against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's criticisms.  —  His message: We didn't mislead Congress; stay focused on your job.  —  Panetta's note was sent to reporters via the CIA press office.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
CIA director says Pelosi received the truth  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusations that the agency lied to her, writing a memo to his agents saying she received nothing but the truth.  —  Panetta said that “ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REPORTERS GETTIN' PLAYED  —  Everybody's talking about Nancy Pelosi's press conference yesterday.  I'm listening to Republicans on cable yapping about this contradiction or that contradiction.  But what I've seen very little attention to is the fact that Pelosi had an answer that really answers …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHERE ARE JIM WRIGHT AND TOM FOLEY?.... One of the big political stories of the day, apparently, is Newt Gingrich's blind-rage attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  I mentioed it earlier, in large part because a) I find it hilarious that Republicans have let a disgraced former Speaker become …
Discussion: Eschaton and Greg's Opinion
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Pelosi's Comments Raise Interrogation Debate to New Level
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time  —  Also, fewer think abortion should be legal “under any circumstances”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves “pro-life” on the issue of abortion and 42% “pro-choice.”
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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IS THE ELECTORATE TILTING “PRO-LIFE?”
Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
USA Today:
Al Gore joins Cheney-Obama feud  —  In a CNN interview this morning, former Vice President Gore got involved in the political feud over his successor Dick Cheney.  —  Gore said he wished Cheney would have given President Obama more time in office before criticizing national security policy.
Discussion: Don Surber and Opinion L.A.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gore chides Cheney
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Gore: Cheney early, and fine one to talk
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
New ‘prisoner abuse’ photographs emerge despite US bid to block publication  —  Graphic photographs of alleged prisoner abuse, thought to be among up to 2,000 images Barack Obama is trying to prevent from being released, emerged yesterday.  —  The shocking images of inmates in Iraq …
Jonathan Chait / The Plank:
Holy Joe  —  Arkansas Senate candidate Kim Hendren, who called Chuck Schumer “that Jew” and then explained, “I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on 'The Andy Griffith Show,” now points out that there are at least two Jews …
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Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Judge Sotomayor's Appellate Opinions in Civil Cases  —  Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an obviously serious candidate to serve on the Supreme Court.  We have been struck by how the amount of commentary about Judge Sotomayor has ignored the most accessible and valuable source of information: her opinions as an appellate judge.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Feckless Bloggers Evaluate Sonia Sotomayor By Reading Her Opinions
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
Coal, Electric Industries Big Winners in Climate Bill Deal  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) (WDCpix)  —  Even as House Democrats are celebrating their deal with conservative-leaning colleagues on climate change legislation, the real winners under the compromise …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions  —  [Updated below - Update II - Update III (Obama's statement) - Update IV - Update V (ACLU interview) - Update VI - Update VII]  —  It now appears definitive that the Obama administration will attempt to preserve a “modified” …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
REVIVING THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS.
Discussion: Associated Press and BBC
The Huffington Post:
KSM Questioned About al Qaeda-Iraq Ties During Waterboarding  —  Some of the first questions asked of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed upon his capture and during the time during which he was waterboarded were about possible connections between al Qaeda and Iraq, according to a review of several reports on U.S. intelligence operations.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Leaders Say Obama Overstated Their Promise to Control Costs  —  WASHINGTON — Hospitals and insurance companies said Thursday that President Obama had substantially overstated their promise earlier this week to reduce the growth of health spending.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Fiscal Suicide Ahead
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
G.M. Notifying 1,100 Dealers That They Will Be Dropped  —  DETROIT — General Motors is telling about 1,100 dealers on Friday that they will lose their franchises by late next year.  —  Unlike Chrysler, which on Thursday released a list of 789 dealers that it was cutting loose …
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
GM notifies 1,100 dealers they're out
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama clears field for Gillibrand in New York  —  President Obama has cleared the Democratic primary field for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, two Democrats said, asking Rep. Steve Israel not to challenge her in the primary.  —  “The President doesn't want a messy primary in New York …
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
Dems red-faced over veteran imposter  —  Democrats are incensed over how a man duped the party and veterans during the '08 campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — Rick Strandlof, executive director of the Colorado Veterans Alliance and the man most colleagues knew as Rick Duncan, was front and center during …
Newt Gingrich / Washington Examiner:
Lets NOT meet the Uighurs  —  President Obama has heeded his generals and decided not to release more photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, and good for him.  Now he needs to put our national security ahead of politics once again and reverse his dangerous decision to release trained …
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Washington Post:
Guantanamo Detainee Released to Join Relatives in France
National Journal Online:
Political Insiders Poll  —  Q: Has Dick Cheney helped or hurt the Republican Party since leaving office?  —  Democrats (103 votes)  —  Helped 6 percent Hurt 92 percent  —  Both; neither; time will tell  —  (volunteered) 3 percent  —  Helped
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
China to open first sex theme park  —  Love Land in Chongqing aims to address taboo and improve sex education but many residents see it as vulgar  —  Maybe it was the giant revolving model of a woman's legs and lower torso, clad only in an unflattering crimson thong, or perhaps it was the oversized replica of a set of genitals.
Discussion: Jezebel and FP Passport
Victor Davis Hanson / Associated Press:
Hanson: President Palins First 100 Days  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: In these messianic times we have slouched into an acceptance of presidential worship, and we need to be reminded from time to time that the media's Obama standard is really no standard at all.  The following is a sequel to the recent “Bush Did It.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ticking Time Bomb Slippery Slope  —  Torture apologists invariably wind up invoking outlandish “ticking time bomb” hypotheticals to justify their barbarous behavior.  Wouldn't you torture someone to prevent the imminent nuclear destruction of Los Angeles?
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   KRAUTHAMMER'S BEST EXAMPLE.... The Washington Post's Charles …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's critique  —  Mitt Romney broadened his critique of President Obama in a speech to the NRA today, attacking him on familiar economic themes and broadening his national security attacks to embrace Vice President Dick Cheney's line that Obama is rolling back policies that kept America safe:
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC and GOP 12
 
 
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Obama's barbed words worry corporate world
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to O'Reilly: Detainee-photo uproar a reminder that torture …
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