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2:55 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.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Sunday Morning  —  Frank Rich's lead:  —  Obama Can't Turn the Page on Bush  —  By FRANK RICH  —  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 …
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 …
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).
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Sri Lankan Rebels Offer to Lay Down Their Arms
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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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 …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Iraqis and American Soldiers Anxious Over U.S. Withdrawal From Sadr City  —  Locals, Americans Fear Return of Mayhem  —  BAGHDAD — The unthinkable is happening in Sadr City as the U.S. military begins to shut down its outposts to meet a June 30 deadline to withdraw from Iraqi cities.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ParaPundit
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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