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9:30 PM ET, May 17, 2009


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thejoshuablog's Blog:
UPDATED: NY Times' Maureen Dowd Plagiarizes TPM's Josh Marshall  —  Maureen Dowd in today's NY Times: … TPM's Josh Marshall on Thurs: … All Dowd did was change “we were” to “the Bush crowd was”.  —  Now, I'm all for cutting & pasting.  As a blogger I do it all the time, but I always give credit.
The Huffington Post:
Maureen Dowd Admits Inadvertently Lifting Line From TPM's Josh Marshall  —  UPDATE: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in an email to Huffington Post, admits that a paragraph in her Sunday column was lifted from Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall's blog last Thursday.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cheney, Master of Pain  —  Dick Cheney has done many dastardly things.  But presiding over policies so saturnine that they ended up putting the liberal speaker from San Francisco on the hot seat about torture may be one of his proudest achievements.  —  Nancy Pelosi's bad week …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Audacity Of Humility  —  I found his Notre Dame commencement speech deeply Christian.  I was struck by two passages.  The first a simple statement of fact:  —  Understand - I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away.  No matter how much we may want to fudge it …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Associated Press:
Text of Obama's Notre Dame speech  — Text of President Barack Obama's commencement address Sunday as the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., as released before delivery by the White House.  The Rev. John Jenkins is the school's president.  The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh is Jenkins' predecessor.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
At Notre Dame, Obama Calls for Dialogue on Abortion  —  President Obama directly confronted America's deep divide over abortion on Sunday as he appealed to partisans on both sides to find ways to respect one another's basic decency and even work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
May 17: Kaine, Steele, Haass, Noonan, Brownstein
Discussion: and MyDD
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Some on left souring on Obama  —  When President Barack Obama speaks to the Notre Dame commencement Sunday afternoon, television cameras will search the sea of graduates, looking for turned backs and defaced mortar boards that abortion opponents will likely use to register their disagreement with the president.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Green light for Cheney from GOP
Discussion: Don Surber
abu muqawama:
Killing Civilians Remains Bad, and COIN = Pet Rocks
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Distorting public opinion on torture investigations  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Last Friday, CNN hosted a panel debate on torture and investigations with two conservatives and two liberals (Daily Kos' David Waldman and Center for American Progress' Erica Williams).
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Has the Public Become More Opposed to Abortion?  —  These Gallup and Pew data are receiving a lot of attention.  Both polls show a shift in opinion.  In the Gallup data, the percentage of people who call themselves “pro-life” has increased and, for the first time in their polling …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
When Democrats start to doubt  —  While researching a liberal blogger who declared that she could “possibly bring [herself] to link to Robert ‘McCrazy’ McCain” — and I'm only too happy to return the favor of non-linkage, Libby Spencer — I ended up on the Detroit News blog, where I encountered Robert Smith Jr.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Seemingly Invincible Tamil Tigers Declare Defeat Amid Report Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran Dead  —  After waging a 26 year battle to carve out their own homeland, the once seemingly invincible Tamil Tigers have admitted defeat in their bloody fight against the Sri Lanka government.
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Sri Lankan Rebels Offer to Lay Down Their Arms
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Nick Gillespie / New York Times:
Paying With Our Sins  —  THE Obama administration's drug czar …
Discussion: Reason
The Two Torture Tape Suspects, the Pelosi Briefing, and the Panetta Statement
Discussion: Moon of Alabama and Hullabaloo
Rick Perry / Austin American-Statesman:
I don't advocate secession
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
“The Righteous Nation”  —  Steve already mentioned GQ's article about Donald Rumsfeld.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
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