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12:45 PM ET, May 16, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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.
CNN:
Utah governor named China envoy  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the moderate Republican President Obama announced Saturday as his choice for ambassador to China, expressed he was somewhat surprised at the appointment.  —  A national co-chairman of Sen. John McCain's 2008 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
Associated Press:
AP Source: Obama to Name Utah Gov Envoy to China
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.”
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Mike Madden / Salon:
Cheney's torture trap for Democrats  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2009.  —  You might have thought getting torture back in the news would be a bad move for any Republican; after all, it was the Bush administration that authorized the torturing.
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 …
Orange County Register:
Steyn: Pelosi's tortured press performance
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Post:
CIA Chief Panetta Rebuts Pelosi's Charges on Interrogation Briefings
Jonah Lehrer / New Yorker:
DON'T!  —  The secret of self-control.  —  In the late nineteen-sixties, Carolyn Weisz, a four-year-old with long brown hair, was invited into a “game room” at the Bing Nursery School, on the campus of Stanford University.  The room was little more than a large closet, containing a desk and a chair.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Joanne Jacobs
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
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi, detainee photos on talk-show agendas  —  This week's Sunday shows will be filled with chatter on enhanced interrogation techniques, focusing on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) accusation that the CIA lied to her during classified briefings and President Obama's decision not to release photos of possible detainee abuse.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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.”
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 …
Brad / Think Progress:
Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division  —  GM cleanup of the Bedford Superfund site.  —  President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for the nation's largest toxic polluters to run the enforcement of the nation's environmental laws.
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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Lets NOT meet the Uighurs
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