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5:55 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 nytpicker:
BREAKING: Dowd Admits Plagiarism To NYTPicker: “Josh Is Right,” Dowd Says.  Plus She Blames It On “A Friend.”  —  Maureen Dowd has sent the NYTPicker this comment on today's accusations that she may have plagiarized a portion of her Sunday column from Joshua Micah Marshall of Talking Points Memo:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Maureen Dowd plagiarizes lefty blogger? …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Redhot
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 …
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.
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
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.)
Michael Paulson / Boston Globe:
Notre Dame's Jenkins on Obama, abortion
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.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Los Angeles Times:
4.7 quake causes minor property damage in L.A. County  —  Near the center of the quake east of LAX, a light pole was damaged, some windows broke and items fell from shelves.  —  A magnitude 4.7 earthquake shook a large stretch of Southern California on Sunday night.
Discussion: The Stimulist
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
4.7 quake near LAX is felt across wide area
Discussion: The BRAD 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.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Liz Cheney Claims Her Father Would Never ‘Substitute His Own Judgment’ For The CIA's  —  Last month, after President Obama released Bush-era legal memos authorizing torture, McClatchy's Jonathan Landay reported that former Vice President Dick Cheney “applied relentless pressure on interrogators …
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. …
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
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: Pharyngula, MoJo Blog Posts and TBogg
New York Times:
Rebels Routed in Sri Lanka After 25 Years of War  —  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.”
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Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
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Paying With Our Sins  —  THE Obama administration's drug czar …
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