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12:50 PM 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
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Right's Torture Backfire  —  In a new Daily Beast column I argue that even though the right's effort to change the subject on torture away from “what did the Bush administration do?”, to “what was Nancy Pelosi briefed about?” has been an incredible tactical success, it stands a huge chance of backfiring:
Matthew Yglesias / Blogs and Stories:
GOP's Torture Tricks Backfire
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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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.
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 …
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.
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Court: Sept. 11 Detainee Lawsuit Cannot Proceed  —  WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft can't face a lawsuit from a former Sept. 11 detainee who argued they were responsible for his restrictive confinement because of his religious beliefs.
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James Vicini / Reuters:
Top U.S. officials can't be sued for post-9/11 abuse
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Smaller But Better Newsweek?  —  Jon Meacham admits it is hard to explain, even to his own people, why chopping Newsweek's circulation in half is a good thing.  —  “It's hugely counterintuitive,” the magazine's editor says.  “The staff doesn't understand it.”
The Politico:
Obama makes quiet play for GOP aid  —  President Barack Obama's first date with House Republicans didn't end so well: He made a high-profile trip to the Capitol to ask for their help with his economic stimulus plan, and they said no — unanimously, twice.  —  Now Obama is trying again …
 
 
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Aaron Deslatte / Central Florida Political Pulse:
McCollum: 'We're going to win"  —  ORLANDO — Florida Attorney …
Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
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Jonathan Allen / Eye on 2010:
Maloney Not Ready To Follow Israel's Lead and Bow Out of NY Senate Field
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News 8 Investigates: Airline mechanics who can't read
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth Wears on Some Republicans
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Caucus
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Victims Investigated
David Cho / Washington Post:
At Geithner's Treasury, Key Decisions on Hold
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