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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Gingrich: Pelosi ‘Lied,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Dishonest,’ ‘Vicious,’ ‘Trivial’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today offered a blistering critique of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of oversight on harsh interrogation tactics, in a major escalation of partisan attacks being aimed at Pelosi.
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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 …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Panetta to CIA: We told Pelosi the truth  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta just sent a stern message to his employees defending the agency against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's criticisms.  —  His message: We didn't mislead Congress; stay focused on your job.  —  Panetta's note was sent to reporters via the CIA press office.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REPORTERS GETTIN' PLAYED  —  Everybody's talking about Nancy Pelosi's press conference yesterday.  I'm listening to Republicans on cable yapping about this contradiction or that contradiction.  But what I've seen very little attention to is the fact that Pelosi had an answer that really answers …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHERE ARE JIM WRIGHT AND TOM FOLEY?.... One of the big political stories of the day, apparently, is Newt Gingrich's blind-rage attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  I mentioed it earlier, in large part because a) I find it hilarious that Republicans have let a disgraced former Speaker become …
Discussion: CNN, Eschaton, Greg's Opinion and Wonkette
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time  —  Also, fewer think abortion should be legal “under any circumstances”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves “pro-life” on the issue of abortion and 42% “pro-choice.”
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
The Arkansas lineup  —  On paper, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) looks like she could be facing a tough re-election campaign in a state that gave John McCain a 20-point margin of victory.  —  And a new poll, commissioned by the Arkansas Republican party, suggests that Lincoln is vulnerable.
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Jonathan Chait / The Plank:   Holy Joe  —  Arkansas Senate candidate Kim Hendren …
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huntsman chosen ambassador to China  —  President Barack Obama plans to name Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., a rapidly rising star in the Republican Party, as ambassador to China, a senior administration official said.  —  The move is freighted with political intrigue.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Balloon Juice
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gore chides Cheney
Discussion: Weekly Standard, The Swamp and Hot Air
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
New ‘prisoner abuse’ photographs emerge despite US bid to block publication  —  Graphic photographs of alleged prisoner abuse, thought to be among up to 2,000 images Barack Obama is trying to prevent from being released, emerged yesterday.  —  The shocking images of inmates in Iraq …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Judge Sotomayor's Appellate Opinions in Civil Cases  —  Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an obviously serious candidate to serve on the Supreme Court.  We have been struck by how the amount of commentary about Judge Sotomayor has ignored the most accessible and valuable source of information: her opinions as an appellate judge.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Feckless Bloggers Evaluate Sonia Sotomayor By Reading Her Opinions
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 …
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 / Associated Press:
Hanson: President Palins First 100 Days  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: In these messianic times we have slouched into an acceptance of presidential worship, and we need to be reminded from time to time that the media's Obama standard is really no standard at all.  The following is a sequel to the recent “Bush Did It.”
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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Washington Post:
Guantanamo Detainee Released to Join Relatives in France
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi Accuses CIA of Lying, the NYT Reports . . . on Page A-18  —  When the speaker of the House accuses the CIA of deliberately lying to her, you'd think most respectable newspapers would put that story on Page One.  And you'd be right.  Mike Allen notes that the Washington Post …
Major Matthew / VetVoice:
If We're Going to Reveal More Memos. . . .  Former VP Dick Cheney has requested the release of additional memos showing that torture and abuse saved American lives by preventing terrorist attacks.  If the Obama Administration decides to release these memos, then I suggest they also release statistics …
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 …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
China to open first sex theme park  —  Love Land in Chongqing aims to address taboo and improve sex education but many residents see it as vulgar  —  Maybe it was the giant revolving model of a woman's legs and lower torso, clad only in an unflattering crimson thong, or perhaps it was the oversized replica of a set of genitals.
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: The Campaign Spot
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
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
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Sonia Sotomayor / New York Times:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's critique  —  Mitt Romney broadened his critique …
Discussion: Salon, GOP 12 and MSNBC
Julie Gunlock / National Review:
Let Them Eat Arugula  —  The $787-billion economic-stimulus plan signed …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Balloon Juice
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama's barbed words worry corporate world
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