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6:30 PM ET, May 18, 2009

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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 …
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:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Huckabee calls on Pelosi to resign — in verse
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Wonkette
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 …
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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.
H.D.S. Greenway / New York Times:
Obama's Choice  —  With the resignation of U.S. Supreme Court …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT defends Dowd in TPM flap  —  Last night, I reported on the plagiarism allegations leveled against New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd after a passage from a Talking Points Memo post by Josh Marshall ended up in her Sunday column without attribution.  —  On Sunday, Dowd told POLITICO …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The myth of the parasitical bloggers  —  Maureen Dowd's wholesale, uncredited copying of a paragraph written by Josh Marshall (an act Dowd has now admitted) — for what I yesterday called her “uncharacteristically cogent and substantive column”— highlights a point I've been meaning to make for awhile.
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Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Exclusive: Clinton to be named UN special envoy on Haiti  —  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be named a U.N. special envoy on Haiti this week, sources close to the United Nations tell The Cable.  —  A UN official confirmed to The Cable that there would be a formal announcement on this Tuesday.
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.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Turn Back Ex-Detainee's Suit Over Abuses  —  WASHINGTON — A Pakistani Muslim man who was arrested after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks may not sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Discussion: Amygdala, Obsidian Wings and The BLT
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Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Torture, interrogation & the law — Supreme Court says Bush folks not liable
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.”
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.
Ruy Teixeira / Center for American Progress:
Public Opinion Snapshot: Millennials Are a Progressive Generation  —  It's a “New Progressive America” out there, as I argued in my recent Center for American Progress report, with a new demography and a new agenda.  The new demography refers to the array of growing demographic groups …
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.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Wonkette
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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.
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.
Associated Press:
91-Year-Old Sen. Byrd Hospitalized  —  91-year-old Sen. Byrd hospitalized with high temperature  —  Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 91 and the longest-serving senator in history, was hospitalized last Friday with a temperature spike evidently caused by a minor infection, his office announced Monday.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Foundry
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 …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Geithner: No plans to cap executive pay  —  WASHINGTON - Financial sector executives should not fear government imposed caps on their salaries even as the Obama administration moves to influence how firms pay their employees.  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Monday that government should place …
 
 
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Jerusalem Post:
Transcript of press conference with President Obama and PM Netanyahu
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism
The Nation:
‘US special squad killed Benazir’
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Plunging Oil Prices Force Iraq to Cut Security Jobs
Tara Malone / Chicago Tribune:
William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. headline Mideast peace rally
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jacob Sullum / Wall Street Journal:
The State of Surveillance
Ann O'Neill / CNN:
Drug war threatens to cross border
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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DSCC eyes four picks for NC Senate seat
Tom Namako / New York Post:
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Washington Times:
Cops gone wild
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Fox News' Paper Tiger
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's Dangerous Debt
Discussion: theblogprof, The Foundry, Hot Air and Reason