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1:30 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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Huntsman to China, 2012 Aspirations Fade
CNN:
Utah governor named China envoy
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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  —  Let's just cut to the chase and handcuff Cheney and Pelosi to a radiator in a CIA safe house somewhere.  —  Recommend  —  Uh-oh.  Nancy Pelosi's performance at her press conference re: waterboarding has raised, according to The Washington Post …
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Post:
CIA Chief Panetta Rebuts Pelosi's Charges on Interrogation Briefings
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Pelosi was told the truth, says ... Leon Panetta
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
Adam Lisberg / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg's campaign has spent whopping $18.7 million to date on re-re-election … Mayor Bloomberg's campaign team says he isn't trying to buy the election - but new records show he has put an $18.7million down payment on a bid to acquire a third term.
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.”
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Flashback: Gore Calls Bush Policies “Un-American” In 2002 Speech  —  On CNN Friday morning Former Vice President claimed he “waited two years” to criticize the Bush administration.  In fact, In September of 2002 he trashed then President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the cabinet for their handling of the war against terrorism.
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USA Today:
Al Gore joins Cheney-Obama feud
Discussion: Don Surber and Opinion L.A.
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Greed's Saving Graces
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Bloggingheads.tv:
go to forum  —  Re: The Week in Blog: Celebrity Lookalike Edition …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
White House Dodges Question About Pelosi
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Campaign Spot
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
The Arkansas lineup  —  On paper, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) …
Discussion: Eye on 2010
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Feckless Bloggers Evaluate Sonia Sotomayor By Reading Her Opinions
Discussion: ACS Blog and Fausta's Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's critique  —  Mitt Romney broadened his critique …
Discussion: Salon and MSNBC
Mika Brzezinski / New York Times:
Defending Joe Scarborough