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12:20 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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The Hill:
Pelosi tries to backpedal on CIA criticism  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has backed down slightly in her fight with the CIA, saying that she really meant only to criticize the Bush administration rather than career officials.  —  “My criticism of the manner in which the Bush Administration …
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.
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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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
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 …
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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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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Axelrod dumps on Miss California  —  Yeah, I know I wrote about this yesterday but you need to hear the audience reaction to see how right Omri Ceren was.  Again: There's no joke here.  There's no wit or irony or play on words or anything remotely clever.
 
 
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