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1:15 AM ET, May 19, 2009

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Losses Span Nearly All Demographic Groups  —  Only frequent churchgoers show no decline in support since 2001  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gallup Poll: Republican Shrinkage Widespread
Discussion: Politics Daily and MyDD
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gallup: GOP Falls With Nearly Every Group, Down To Conservative, Church-Going Base
CNN:
CNN Poll: Pelosi facing Gingrich-like approval ratings  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As Nancy Pelosi continues to face a firestorm over what she may have known about aggressive government interrogation techniques, and when, a new survey has more unpleasant news for the House Speaker.
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Matthew Yglesias discusses how the right-wing strategy on torture is backfiring.  —  Today, ThinkProgress's Matthew Yglesias (who is celebrating his birthday today) wrote a column for the Daily Beast arguing that the right wing's sideshow on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) only furthers the case for a full investigation into torture.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Fox News: Focus On Pelosi Changes Subject From Whether To Prosecute Bush Officials  —  Check out this surprisingly candid moment on Fox, where a top network correspondent says that the GOP's attack on Nancy Pelosi over what she knew about torture is a winner for the GOP because it changes …
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Say CIA May Have Misled Pelosi, 41% Disagree
The Nation:
‘US special squad killed Benazir’  —  NEW YORK (Online) - Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of the special death squad formed by former US vice-president Dick Cheney, which had already killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and the army chief of that country.
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Thaindian:
US journo claims Bhutto was killed on Cheney's orders
Discussion: Raw Story and Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Huntsman strategist: If Palin and Limbaugh dominate, GOP ‘headed for a blowout’ in 2012  —  The Republican strategist who helped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman prepare for a possible presidential run says the Republican party is in for a devastating defeat if its guiding lights are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney.
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
U.S. to Issue Tougher Fuel Standards for Automobiles  —  WASHINGTON —The Obama administration will issue new national emissions and mileage requirements for cars and light trucks to resolve a long-running conflict among the states, the federal government and auto manufacturers, industry officials said Monday.
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Associated Press:
Steelers' Harrison won't visit Obama … PITTSBURGH — James Harrison plans to pass on another trip to the White House with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  —  Harrison, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, says he'll skip the Super Bowl champion's visit to the White House to meet President Barack Obama …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and The Plank
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin camp eyed Clinton alliance  —  In an unusual attempt to forge an alliance between two of the most prominent political families in American politics, John Coale, a Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser to Sarah Palin, urged the conservative Alaska governor to use …
Tara Malone / Chicago Tribune:
William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. headline Mideast peace rally  —  Oak Park forum features 2 figures associated with President Barack Obama  —  Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Exclusive: Clinton to be named UN special envoy on Haiti  —  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be named a U.N. special envoy on Haiti this week, sources close to the United Nations tell The Cable.  —  A UN official confirmed to The Cable that there would be a formal announcement on this Tuesday.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court upholds California medical pot law  —  Justices turn down appeals from San Diego and San Bernardino counties seeking to throw out the state's 13-year-old medical marijuana law.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals from two hold-out counties …
Discussion: Raw Story and L.A. Now
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
George Will's Irritable Mental Gestures  —  It's probably not fair to say that conservatives have no idea, but this entire George Will column is basically the same as the column he wrote about how he hates jeans, except this time it's about how he hates Portland.
Discussion: Streetsblog
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Airport security bares all, or does it?  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Privacy advocates plan to call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to suspend use of “whole-body imaging,” the airport security technology that critics say performs “a virtual strip search” and produces “naked” pictures of passengers, CNN has learned.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Introducing The Warrior Legacy Foundation  —  [This is for Schrambo, Cooter, Mikey, Andy, Erik, Shawn, Dup, Kylan, Jason, Sean, Eric, Chance, Mike and many other friends we've lost...]  —  “I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions …
DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:
Poor?  Pay Up.  —  Having Little Money Often Means No Car, No Washing Machine, No Checking Account And No Break From Fees and High Prices  —  You have to be rich to be poor.  —  That's what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don't understand.
Discussion: The Foundry, Wonk Room and Amygdala
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 …
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H.D.S. Greenway / New York Times:
Obama's Choice  —  With the resignation of U.S. Supreme Court …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ruy Teixeira / Center for American Progress:
Public Opinion Snapshot: Millennials Are a Progressive Generation  —  It's a “New Progressive America” out there, as I argued in my recent Center for American Progress report, with a new demography and a new agenda.  The new demography refers to the array of growing demographic groups …
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Helen Thomas To Gibbs: ‘What Is The Threat From Iran?’  Prove It!  —  Here we have the ultimate head-in-your-hands moment.  I understand societal standards of decency and respect for the elderly, but every day this woman sits in the front row during the White House Press Briefing asking...
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT defends Dowd in TPM flap  —  Last night, I reported on the plagiarism allegations leveled against New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd after a passage from a Talking Points Memo post by Josh Marshall ended up in her Sunday column without attribution.  —  On Sunday, Dowd told POLITICO …
David S. Cloud / The Politico:
Obama offers timetable for Iran talks  —  President Barack Obama said Monday he was prepared to pursue his diplomatic outreach to Iran until the end of the year before deciding if it was succeeding in halting Tehran's nuclear program.  —  It was the first time that Obama had laid out a timetable for his initiative.
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘31% of Israelis call Obama pro-Israel’
 
 
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Geithner: No plans to cap executive pay
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