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10:40 AM ET, May 18, 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.
Don Surber:
Too Internet savvy  —  Blogger Josh Marshall accused Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd of plagiarizing him.  —  He posted on Thursday: “More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The myth of the parasitical bloggers
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dowd lifts TPM passage; updates NYT column
Associated Press:
NYT's Dowd Admits Plagiarizing Blog
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Addresses Abortion Protests in Commencement Speech at Notre Dame  —  Obama Calls for ‘Open Minds’ Amid Abortion Debate  —  Amid a scattering of angry protests over his support for abortion rights, President Obama addressed the issue head-on Sunday at the University of Notre Dame …
King: Pelosi goes mute, but her critics get louder
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
E. J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Obama Confronts Foes With Faith
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Arkansas News
James Fallows:
On eloquence vs. prettiness
Discussion: The Opinionator
Associated Press:
Text of Obama's Notre Dame speech
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Supreme Court's stealth hard-liner.  —  Chief Justice John Roberts, in 2007.  Photograph by Steve Pyke.  —  KEYWORDS … When John G. Roberts, Jr., emerges from behind the red curtains and takes his place in the middle of the Supreme Court bench, he usually wears a pair of reading glasses …
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Choices You Haven't Heard Of
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
‘I, Jerk’  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  In this day of polarized politics, it's incumbent on good citizens to be vigorously truthful.  Even in the heat of battle, partisans should own up to their mistakes.  Rectifying errors builds credibility.  Honest self-criticism ensures a healthy debate and a healthier democracy.
Discussion: PoliGazette, Vanity Fair and Sadly, No!
Matthew Vadum / AmSpecBlog:
New York Times Finally Admits It Spiked Obama/ACORN Corruption Story  —  Acknowledging what the blogosphere has known for weeks, the New York Times finally went on record to admit that just before last Election Day it killed a politically sensitive news story involving corruption allegations …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Power Line
Ezra Klein:
Introduction  —  I'm not one for long introductions.  This is a blog.  I'm a blogger.  We'll have fun.  You'll see.  —  But the overlords say it's good form.  So!  Our topic will be the politics and policy of the economy.  But that doesn't limit us to the latest unemployment numbers or the wreckage of a freshly collapsed bank.
The Politico:
Obama makes quiet play for GOP aid  —  President Barack Obama's first date with House Republicans didn't end so well: He made a high-profile trip to the Capitol to ask for their help with his economic stimulus plan, and they said no — unanimously, twice.  —  Now Obama is trying again …
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Liberals Fret Over Obama's Compromises
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Caucus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cutter to push SCOTUS confirmation
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars …
Wall Street Journal:
Soak the Rich, Lose the Rich  —  Americans know how to use the moving van to escape high taxes.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  With states facing nearly $100 billion in combined budget deficits this year, we're seeing more governors than ever proposing the Barack Obama solution to balancing the budget: Soak the rich.
Discussion: QandO and Betsy's Page
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Republicans in Senate Lower Expectations of a Court Fight  —  WASHINGTON — While there is growing anticipation that the summer will bring the spectacle of a pitched Supreme Court confirmation battle, some Senate Republicans are lowering expectations that they are planning any major political fight.
John Feehery / The Politico:
Conditions for a coup in Congress  —  A congressional leader makes a startling statement.  The media jump on it, causing a firestorm.  The leader first fans the flames and then tries to put them out.  Speculation rises that the leader's colleagues are thinking about mounting a challenge.
Discussion: Donklephant
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Audits Are No Laughing Matter  —  A president shouldn't even joke about abusing IRS power.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Barack Obama owes his presidency in no small part to the power of rhetoric.  It's too bad he doesn't appreciate the damage that loose talk can do to America's tax system …
Discussion:, alicublog and Althouse
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Prosecutors Block Access to DNA Testing for Inmates  —  In an age of advanced forensic science, the first step toward ending Kenneth Reed's prolonged series of legal appeals should be simple and quick: a DNA test, for which he has offered to pay, on evidence from the 1991 rape of which he was convicted.
J. Andrew Curliss / Raleigh News & Observer:
Democrats fix sights on GOP prosecutor  —  Easley, Edwards probes under way  —  John Edwards admits federal investigators are asking him questions.  Federal subpoenas were issued Friday related to Mike Easley.  —  As the separate federal probes into a former senator and the former governor are emerging …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Smaller But Better Newsweek?
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Nuclear Cleanup Contractors Cited for Errors, Overruns Getting Stimulus Money
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth Wears on Some Republicans
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Victims Investigated
Financial Times:
Smaller US banks need additional $24bn
Discussion: naked capitalism
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David Cho / Washington Post:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: The Stimulist
New York Times:
New Mood in Antitrust May Target Google
Discussion: Law Blog and Wall Street Journal
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
When Democrats start to doubt
Discussion: Moe Lane