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8:05 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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Michael Steele / The Politico:
The Republican Party turns a corner  —  The Republican Party finds itself the minority party in America for the first time in more than 15 years.  I'll be the first to admit it has taken some adjustment.  Republicans have engaged in some healthy soul-searching since Election Day …
Discussion: The Fix, Fox News and Hot Air
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Not To Worry-Pretty Soon, No Republicans Will Be Influential
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gallup Poll: Republican Shrinkage Widespread
Discussion: 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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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 …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi got heads up from administration on CIA memo
Mike Huckabee:
Fancy Nancy
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin camp eyed Clinton alliance  —  In an unusual attempt to forge an alliance between two of the most prominent families in American politics, John Coale, a Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser to Sarah Palin, urged the conservative Alaska governor to use her political action committee …
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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
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Ex-U.S. Envoy Considers Key Role in Afghan Government  —  WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, who was President George W. Bush's ambassador to Afghanistan, could assume a powerful, unelected position inside the Afghan government under a plan he is discussing with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president …
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: MyDD and Streetsblog
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.
Jonathan Wheatley / Financial Times:
Brazil and China eye plan to axe dollar  —  Brazil and China will work towards using their own currencies in trade transactions rather than the US dollar, according to Brazil's central bank and aides to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president.  —  The move follows recent Chinese challenges …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Credit Card Industry Aims to Profit From Sterling Payers  —  Credit cards have long been a very good deal for people who pay their bills on time and in full.  Even as card companies imposed punitive fees and penalties on those late with their payments, the best customers racked up cash-back rewards …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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: The Stimulist, Raw Story and L.A. Now
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Talk of insurance mandate growing  —  Health care could soon go the way of the automobile, with users having no choice but to buy insurance coverage.  —  Within four years, every American could be required to own health insurance or pay their way through tax penalties.
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.
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Dem candidates race to replace Hilda Solis in California's 32nd  —  Endorsements, a hefty war chest and an effective absentee ballot program appear to have put California Board of Equalization Vice Chairwoman Judy Chu (D) in position to succeed former Rep.-turned-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis (D-Calif.).
Discussion: Calitics
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
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.
Financial Times:
UK looks towards sale of bank stakes  —  Britain has begun taking soundings with sovereign wealth funds and other investors about selling stakes in its part-nationalised banks as it seeks to tap into a revival of stock market confidence in the financial sector.
Discussion: DealBook and European Tribune
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Young Pakistanis Take One Problem Into Their Own Hands  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — The idea was simple, but in Pakistan, a country full of talk and short on action, it smacked of rebellion.  —  A group of young Pakistani friends, sick of hearing their families complain about the government …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Jim Webb flip-flops, now opposes closing Guantanamo  —  To be more precise: He now opposes closing it anytime soon but naturally is A-OK with closing it at some murky, distant time in the future.  Which, as far as I can tell, means he holds the same position on it as George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.
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.
 
 
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