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10:15 AM ET, May 16, 2009

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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman to accept ambassadorship to China  —  Announcement Saturday » Gary Herbert to become Utah governor  —  Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. will resign from office to accept a nomination to become the ambassador to China.  —  Sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune that an announcement is scheduled for Saturday.
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Washington Post:
Republican Governor of Utah Selected to Be Envoy to China  —  Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. (R) will be introduced today as President Obama's choice as ambassador to China, a source familiar with the decision said last night.  —  Huntsman, 48, was mentioned this spring as a potential Republican contender …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Huntsman to China, 2012 Aspirations Fade  —  Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is likely out of the 2012 sweepstakes.  Photo by Lucian Perkins of the Washington Post  —  The news that Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. will be the ambassador to China for President Barack Obama almost certainly forecloses …
The Politico:
Huntsman chosen ambassador to China  —  President Barack Obama named Republican Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. as his pick for ambassador to China, likely removing one of his strongest potential challengers in the 2012 presidential campaign from the running.  —  In an unusual Saturday …
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 …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
White House Dodges Question About Pelosi  —  FOX News' Major Garrett was the first and only reporter to ask Press Secretary Robert Gibbs what the White House's reaction is to Nancy Pelosi's accusation that the C.I.A. lied to her.  Gibbs said President Obama is “keeping the American people safe by looking forward.”
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Campaign Spot
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Panetta to CIA: We told Pelosi the truth
Washington Post:
CIA Chief Panetta Rebuts Pelosi's Charges on Interrogation Briefings
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Media Blog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Pelosi was told the truth, says ... Leon Panetta
Discussion: Redhot
Michael Stokes Paulsen / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Injustice Department  —  The irresponsible Office of Professional Responsibility.  —  Government lawyers in the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) appear to have leaked to the press parts of a confidential—and classified—draft report concerning the actions of Bush administration lawyers.
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Military Tribunals  —  Another Friday, another bow to Bush's antiterror legacy.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama's endorsements of Bush-Cheney antiterror policies are by now routine: for example, opposing the release of prisoner abuse photographs and support …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Familiar Obama Phrase Being Groomed as a Slogan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told doctors and insurers on Monday that revamping health care would “lay a new foundation for our economy.”  He told graduating college students on Wednesday that “we need to build a new foundation.”
Discussion: The Swamp
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
REVIVING THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS.  —  Obama's decision to revive the military commissions is a contradiction of his campaign promise to abolish the military commissions.  The AP reports that only 20 of the 241 detainees at Guantanamo will be tried under military commissions.
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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 …
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: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and The Swamp
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Don't Wince.  Fight!  —  Dick Cheney, Most Valuable Republican.  —  When accused of being too aggressive on behalf of the United States at the United Nations, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was fond of repeating a French proverb: “Cet animal est fort méchant, / Quand on l'attaque il se défend.”
Bloggingheads.tv:
go to forum  —  Re: The Week in Blog: Celebrity Lookalike Edition (Brian Beutler & Matt Lewis)  —  Pretty funny that Matt says “liberal bloggers” will be the ones who care about Crist's orientation, given that Matt brought it up in this diavlog, plus named a conservative blogger who was hinting at the (non-)issue.
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Americans should be able to go out in public without being harassed by people with cameras.  —  After the Wednesday edition of the O'Reilly Factor, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly complained on his daily “O'Reilly Factor Post Game Show” that, in his view, today's technology means “we don't have any privacy at all.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly, D-Day and Daily Kos
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Yes, Nancy, There Really Is a God Nemesis  —  There is an odd sense among Democrats that nemesis simply does not exist.  A once-vein-bulging Al Gore who barnstormed the country slurring President Bush by calling him a liar now seems baffled about the precedent he set of a vice president …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's critique  —  Mitt Romney broadened his critique …
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
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