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12:45 PM ET, May 17, 2009

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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama Can't Turn the Page on Bush  —  TO paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in.  And will keep doing so.  No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can't.
Jon Meacham / Newsweek:
A Highly Logical Approach … From the magazine issue dated May 25, 2009  —  In a 30-minute interview aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to Phoenix last Wednesday, President Obama talked with NEWSWEEK's Jon Meacham about Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Dick Cheney—and Star Trek.
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 …
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New York Times:
Death From Above, Outrage Down Below  —  IN recent days, the Pentagon has made two major changes in its strategy to defeat the Taliban, Al Qaeda and their affiliates in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  First came the announcement that Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal would take over as the top United States commander in Afghanistan.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Conservatives Plan to Question Obama's Supreme Court Pick on Gay Marriage  —  Same-Sex Unions Supplant Abortion As Social Priority for Conservatives  —  As President Obama prepares to name his first Supreme Court justice, conservatives in Washington are making clear that his nominee …
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Russ Bynum / Associated Press:   RNC chief: Gay marriage will burden small business
The Politico:
Speech key for Obama with Catholics  —  President Barack Obama's time at Notre Dame Sunday will be brief, but how he handles one of the biggest, most public controversies of his presidency so far could have a lasting impact on his relationship with a key constituency - Catholic voters.
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Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Protests await Obama's appearance at Notre Dame
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Fox News:
Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker  —  The vice president, well-known for his verbal gaffes, confirms at a dinner the existence and location of a secret hidden bunker that Cheney is believed to have used after the 9/11 attacks.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Vice President Joe Biden …
New York Times:
Photographs and Kangaroo Courts  —  We do not envy President Obama as he tries to undo George W. Bush's illegal and shameful detainee policy.  —  Last week, Mr. Obama faced protests from some of his top generals, and more attacks from Republicans in Congress, as the government got ready …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Don Surber
Christopher Toothaker / Associated Press:
Last anti-Chavez TV station faces probe, shutdown … CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - When Venezuelans tune to Globovision, they see protests against faulty public services or a talk show guest saying Hugo Chavez could be executed by his opponents, just like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
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 invicible Tamil Tigers have admitted defeat in their bloody fight against the Sri Lanka government.
Jeffrey Goldberg / New York Times:
Israel's Fears, Amalek's Arsenal  —  WHEN the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visits the White House on Monday for his first stage-setting visit, he will carry with him an agenda that clashes insistently with that of President Obama.  Mr. Obama wants Mr. Netanyahu to endorse the creation of a Palestinian state.
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