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12:40 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.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Audacity Of Humility  —  I found his Notre Dame commencement speech deeply Christian.  I was struck by two passages.  The first a simple statement of fact:  —  Understand - I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away.  No matter how much we may want to fudge it …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
May 17: Kaine, Steele, Haass, Noonan, Brownstein  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: warring parties.  Democrats and Republicans at odds over the economy, national security, abortion and health care.  This morning, whether President Obama's agenda is the blueprint for lasting Democratic rule …
Discussion: Hot Air, MyDD and
Peter Baker / New York Times:
At Notre Dame, Obama Calls for Dialogue on Abortion  —  President Obama directly confronted America's deep divide over abortion on Sunday as he appealed to partisans on both sides to find ways to respect one another's basic decency and even work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
New York Times:
Obama's Commencement Address at Notre Dame  —  Following is a transcript of President Obama's commencement address at the University of Notre Dame on May 17, 2009, as released by the White House.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, congratulations, Class of 2009.  (Applause.)
The Politico:
Speech key for Obama with Catholics
Discussion: The Politico and PERRspectives
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.
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: DownWithTyranny! and Don Surber
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.
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Atheists: No God, no reason, just whining  —  Superstar atheists are motivated by anger — and boohoo victimhood.  —  Ican't stand atheists — but it's not because they don't believe in God.  It's because they're crashing bores.  —  Other people, most recently the British cultural critic Terry Eagleton …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts, Pharyngula and TBogg
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
When Democrats start to doubt  —  While researching a liberal blogger who declared that she could “possibly bring [herself] to link to Robert ‘McCrazy’ McCain” — and I'm only too happy to return the favor of non-linkage, Libby Spencer — I ended up on the Detroit News blog, where I encountered Robert Smith Jr.
Discussion: Moe Lane
abu muqawama:
Killing Civilians Remains Bad, and COIN = Pet Rocks
Discussion: SWJ Blog
New York Times:
New Mood in Antitrust May Target Google  —  For decades, the nation's biggest antitrust cases have centered on technology companies.  And they have all been efforts by the government to deal with powerful companies with far-reaching influence, like AT&T, the telephone monopoly; I.B.M. …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Clinging to a dead biz model for dear life  —  For two lawyers who supposedly specialize in media and First Amendment law, these guys were so full of stupid I'm embarrassed for them.  You see, they have just the legislative solutions to the newspaper industry's ills!
New York Times:
Sri Lankan Rebels Declare 25-Year War at ‘Bitter End’  —  NEW DELHI — The ethnic Tamil separatist rebels of Sri Lanka, one of the world's most feared and enduring guerrilla movements, acknowledged Sunday that their war of more than a quarter-century for a homeland had “reached its bitter end.”
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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
World Watches for U.S. Shift on Mideast
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