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7:25 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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Republicans in Senate Lower Expectations of a Court Fight  —  WASHINGTON — While there is growing anticipation that the summer will bring the spectacle of a pitched Supreme Court confirmation battle, some Senate Republicans are lowering expectations that they are planning any major political fight.
New York Times:
Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars …
Discussion: Moon of Alabama, MyDD and Michael Yon
Wall Street Journal:
Soak the Rich, Lose the Rich  —  Americans know how to use the moving van to escape high taxes.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  With states facing nearly $100 billion in combined budget deficits this year, we're seeing more governors than ever proposing the Barack Obama solution to balancing the budget: Soak the rich.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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. …
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 …
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
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Cutter to push SCOTUS confirmation
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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Choices You Haven't Heard Of
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Tip That Didn't Pan Out  —  ON March 17, a Republican lawyer …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Power Line
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Atheists: No God, no reason, just whining
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