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5:15 PM ET, May 16, 2009

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Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Pelosi turns down Sunday show invitations  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned down invitations to be on several Sunday morning talk shows and is instead spending the weekend with her family.  —  The Speaker was invited to appear on NBC's “Meet the Press,” ABC's “This Week,” …
Discussion: Commentary and Redhot
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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: Hot Air
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Speaker Pelosi Lied? N.Y. Times Puts It On Page A-18
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Huntsman to China: It's About Romney  —  When, a day before the 2008 Tsunami Tuesday primaries, Michelle Obama visited with top apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, eyebrows were raised.  What was the Obama campaign doing reaching out to Mormons, some said, who have long been a reliable voting bloc for Republicans?
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
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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 …
CNN:
Utah governor named China envoy
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
AP Source: Obama to Name Utah Gov Envoy to China
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and MyDD
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Conservatives Map Strategies on Court Fight  —  WASHINGTON — If President Obama nominates Judge Diane P. Wood to the Supreme Court, conservatives plan to attack her as an “outspoken” supporter of “abortion, including partial-birth abortion.”  —  If he nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor …
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Sessions Favors Judge for High Court
Victoria Toensing / Wall Street Journal:
Critics Still Haven't Read the ‘Torture’ Memos  —  The CIA proposed the methods.  The Justice Department gave its advice.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy wants an independent commission to investigate them.  Rep. John Conyers wants the Obama Justice Department to prosecute them.
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Michael Stokes Paulsen / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Injustice Department
Discussion: Power Line
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Happy ‘Whitey Tape’ Eve!  —  One year ago tomorrow—May 16, 2008—former CIA analyst and current security consultant Larry Johnson put up this blog post at his site “No Quarter.” … Johnson posted a video of a then-current Tennessee Republican ad attacking Michelle Obama, then continued his argument.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, TBogg and Wonkette
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama abroad: Ghana, Italy, Moscow  —  The president, with an avowed goal of reengaging the United States in international diplomacy on a wide array of fronts, will add Africa to his travels abroad this summer.  —  The White House, in announcing today the date of a trip to Moscow …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   A trip to Africa  —  Along with expected stops in Russia and Italy …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A NEW FOUNDATION.... When presidents pursue an ambitious agenda, which breaks with the recent past, the larger vision tends to get a name.  We've seen a “New Deal,” a “Square Deal,” a “Fair Deal,” a “New Frontier,” and the drive for a “Great Society.”  —  President Obama is subtly hoping to build a “New Foundation.”
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Liberal Values
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Familiar Obama Phrase Being Groomed as a Slogan
Discussion: The Caucus and The Swamp
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama After Bush: Leading by Second Thought  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's decisions this week to retain important elements of the Bush-era system for trying terrorism suspects and to block the release of pictures showing abuse of American-held prisoners abroad are the most graphic examples yet …
Discussion: Salon
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Biden Reveals Classified Information?  —  Joe Biden is proving impossible to parody.  —  In one of the few funny jokes at the White House correspondents dinner, Wanda Sykes won loud laughter when she joked that terrorists interested in learning America's most important secrets would only have to ask Biden how he's doing.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aims to Trim Party's Money Gap With GOP  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking up a new role for the Democratic Party: Fund-Raiser-in-Chief.  —  This Sunday, following his commencement speech at Notre Dame, he headlines a $15,000-a-couple event in Indianapolis.
Discussion: The Page
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
RNC chief: Gay marriage will burden small business  —  SAVANNAH, Ga.—Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.
 
 
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Guns, Geysers and Mr. Reid
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Terry Frieden / CNN:
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi, detainee photos on talk-show agendas
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Americans should be able to go out in public without …
Discussion: D-Day and Daily Kos
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
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