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7:35 PM ET, May 16, 2009


 Top Items: 
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
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Pelosi May 2002 Statement Casts Further Doubt On Her Claims  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has denied being briefed in September 2002 about the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah.  Pelosi claims she was told that the technique had not been used (when in fact it had been used a month earlier).
Orange County Register:
Steyn: Pelosi's tortured press performance
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hot Air
Tim Graham /
Speaker Pelosi Lied? N.Y. Times Puts It On Page A-18
Discussion: and The Caucus
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?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   China pick sidelines GOP moderate
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
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 …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Sessions Favors Judge for High Court
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.”
Associated Press:
Obama protesters arrested at Notre Dame  —  President's appearance roils those who disagree with his abortion stance  —  A Notre Dame police officer, left, instructs anti-abortion protestors to leave the campus during demonstrations on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana.
David Gregory Yawns / The Huffington Post:
Jason Linkins … Do I believe that Meet The Press has improved under David Gregory?  No, I do not.  And as it turns out, in growing numbers, America is agreeing with me.  As my colleague Danny Shea pointed out yesterday, “NBC's Meet the Press suffered its lowest ratings since David Gregory became moderator …
Discussion: TBogg and Daily Kos
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: The Impolitic, TBogg and Wonkette
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   A trip to Africa  —  Along with expected stops in Russia and Italy …
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
EXCLUSIVE: CBO's Preliminary Estimates  —  How much will health care reform cost?  At this point, it's arguably the single most important question of the debate.  And now, for the first time, we're getting some real answers.  Or, at least, what counts for real answers in Washington.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Economix
David Nowak / Associated Press:
Moscow police violently break up gay pride rally … MOSCOW (AP) - Riot police violently broke up several gay rights demonstrations in Moscow on Saturday, hauling away scores of protesters hours before the Russian capital hosted a major international pop music competition.
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 and Hot Air
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
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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama After Bush: Leading by Second Thought
Discussion: Commentary, Wake up America and Salon
Terry Frieden / CNN:
U.S. sends Gitmo detainee to France for release
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Discussion: ParaPundit, TPMCafe and Paul Krugman
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aims to Trim Party's Money Gap With GOP
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
Adam Lisberg / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg's campaign has spent whopping $18.7 million to date …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Greed's Saving Graces
Discussion: Sadly, No! and MoJo Blog Posts
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