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11:40 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.
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The Huffington Post:
Maureen Dowd Admits Inadvertently Lifting Line From TPM's Josh Marshall  —  UPDATE: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in an email to Huffington Post, admits that a paragraph in her Sunday column was lifted from Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall's blog last Thursday.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The myth of the parasitical bloggers
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dowd lifts TPM passage; updates NYT column
James Fallows:
On eloquence vs. prettiness  —  Based on its transcript — here at the Washington Post site, oddly not yet in any obvious place at WhiteHouse.gov — Barack Obama's Notre Dame commencement speech was another extraordinary performance.  “Extraordinary” meaning that it was like his speech …
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CNN:
King: Pelosi goes mute, but her critics get louder
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama calls for ‘fair-minded words’
John Feehery / The Politico:
Conditions for a coup in Congress  —  A congressional leader makes a startling statement.  The media jump on it, causing a firestorm.  The leader first fans the flames and then tries to put them out.  Speculation rises that the leader's colleagues are thinking about mounting a challenge.
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Rasmussen Reports:
43% Say CIA May Have Misled Pelosi, 41% Disagree  —  Forty-three percent (43%) of voters nationwide say that it's at least somewhat likely that the Central Intelligence Agency misled Nancy Pelosi about the use of waterboarding when interrogating prisoners.  —  But the latest Rasmussen Reports …
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 …
Discussion: The Page
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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Choices You Haven't Heard Of
Ezra Klein:
Introduction  —  I'm not one for long introductions.  This is a blog.  I'm a blogger.  We'll have fun.  You'll see.  —  But the overlords say it's good form.  So!  Our topic will be the politics and policy of the economy.  But that doesn't limit us to the latest unemployment numbers or the wreckage of a freshly collapsed bank.
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.
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 …
Matthew Vadum / AmSpecBlog:
New York Times Finally Admits It Spiked Obama/ACORN Corruption Story  —  Acknowledging what the blogosphere has known for weeks, the New York Times finally went on record to admit that just before last Election Day it killed a politically sensitive news story involving corruption allegations …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Prosecutors Block Access to DNA Testing for Inmates  —  In an age of advanced forensic science, the first step toward ending Kenneth Reed's prolonged series of legal appeals should be simple and quick: a DNA test, for which he has offered to pay, on evidence from the 1991 rape of which he was convicted.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Audits Are No Laughing Matter  —  A president shouldn't even joke about abusing IRS power.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Barack Obama owes his presidency in no small part to the power of rhetoric.  It's too bad he doesn't appreciate the damage that loose talk can do to America's tax system …
Discussion: Townhall.com, alicublog and Althouse
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McAuliffe blasted by rival for supporting Hillary Clinton  —  (CNN) — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran is hammering his Democratic primary rival Terry McAuliffe for backing Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama throughout much of the presidential race.
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.
J. Andrew Curliss / Raleigh News & Observer:
Democrats fix sights on GOP prosecutor  —  Easley, Edwards probes under way  —  John Edwards admits federal investigators are asking him questions.  Federal subpoenas were issued Friday related to Mike Easley.  —  As the separate federal probes into a former senator and the former governor are emerging …
 
 
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