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11:10 AM 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.
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Fausta's Blog
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Pelosi turns down Sunday show invitations
Discussion: Don Surber, Commentary and Redhot
Tim Graham /
Speaker Pelosi Lied? N.Y. Times Puts It On Page A-18
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.
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Protests await Obama's appearance at Notre Dame
Discussion: The Page
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 …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Joe Arpaio and the neo-Nazis: Is there a working relationship?  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOADS: (2188)  —  PLAYS: (5750)  —  Last week we reported on Sheriff Joe's recent photo op with a clutch of neo-Nazis who came …
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.
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.
Discussion: TPMCafe and Winds of Change.NET
Max Marginal / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Nanci Griffith (Live Chat on Thursday!)  —  Across America by Nanci Griffith from Howie Klein on Vimeo.  —  The Late Nite Music Club is proud to welcome folk/country legend Nanci Griffith this coming Thursday, May 21st at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern for a live chat.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
First Lady Speaks to Graduates Who Inspired Her  —  MERCED, Calif. — Michelle Obama on Saturday encouraged the first full graduating class at the University of California, Merced, to better their communities by using the same determination they had shown in bringing her to campus.
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Huntsman to China: It's About Romney  —  When, a day before the 2008 Tsunami Tuesday primaries, Michelle Obama visited with top apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, eyebrows were raised.  What was the Obama campaign doing reaching out to Mormons, some said, who have long been a reliable voting bloc for Republicans?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   China pick sidelines GOP moderate
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Guns, Geysers and Mr. Reid
Discussion: Don Surber and Connecting.the.Dots
Russ Bynum / The Huffington Post:
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