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5:45 PM ET, May 17, 2009

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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).
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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.
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 …
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Green light for Cheney from GOP  —  Republican leaders on Sunday backed Dick Cheney's attacks on President Barack Obama, calling the former vice president a strong asset for the party.  —  “It doesn't hurt us, it helps us,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said on CNN's “State of the Union …
Discussion: Don Surber
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cheney, Master of Pain
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.
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abu muqawama:
Killing Civilians Remains Bad, and COIN = Pet Rocks
Discussion: SWJ Blog
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.
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.
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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.
Rick Perry / Austin American-Statesman:
I don't advocate secession  —  About a month ago, I stood with a bipartisan group of Texas legislators to speak in support of a resolution honoring the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The resolution simply restates the Constitution's principle of federalism …
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
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
“The Righteous Nation”  —  Steve already mentioned GQ's article about Donald Rumsfeld.  You should really read the whole thing.  I just thought I'd highlight this bit, about the Biblically-themed cover sheets that Rumsfeld attached to the President's daily intelligence briefings on Iraq:
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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