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9:40 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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Maureen Dowd plagiarizes lefty blogger?  Update: I got it from a “friend,” says Dowd  —  I added the question mark to be on the safe side but there's really no doubt about it.  Josh Marshall, writing at TPM on Thursday: … And Dowd, today: … This makes twice in the span of four days …
Associated Press:
NYT's Dowd Admits Plagiarizing Blog
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dowd lifts TPM passage; updates NYT column
Discussion: Paradigms Lost
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.
Michael Paulson / Boston Globe:
Notre Dame's Jenkins on Obama, abortion
New York Times:
At Notre Dame, Obama Calls for Civil Tone in Abortion Debate
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 …
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.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Choices You Haven't Heard Of
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: PoliGazette, Vanity Fair and Sadly, No!
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.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Liberals Fret Over Obama's Compromises
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Caucus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cutter to push SCOTUS confirmation
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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: QandO and Betsy's Page
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Pelosi Should Present Evidence CIA Misled Her, Boehner Says  —  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “ought to either present the evidence or apologize'” in the wake of her comments that CIA officials misled her about the use …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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
David Cho / Washington Post:
At Geithner's Treasury, Key Decisions on Hold  —  Many Advisers' Roles Are Undefined And Others Still Awaiting Confirmation  —  Seven weeks after the Treasury Department announced that it was ousting General Motors chief G. Richard Wagoner Jr. in the federal bailout of the company, he is still technically on GM's payroll.
Discussion: Hot Air
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