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2:50 AM ET, May 19, 2009

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Losses Span Nearly All Demographic Groups  —  Only frequent churchgoers show no decline in support since 2001  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away …
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Michael Steele / The Politico:
The Republican Party turns a corner  —  The Republican Party finds itself the minority party in America for the first time in more than 15 years.  I'll be the first to admit it has taken some adjustment.  Republicans have engaged in some healthy soul-searching since Election Day …
Discussion: Fox News, Associated Press and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gallup Poll: Republican Shrinkage Widespread
Discussion: MyDD and Politics Daily
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gallup: GOP Falls With Nearly Every Group, Down To Conservative, Church-Going Base
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and rubber hose
CNN:
CNN Poll: Pelosi facing Gingrich-like approval ratings  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As Nancy Pelosi continues to face a firestorm over what she may have known about aggressive government interrogation techniques, and when, a new survey has more unpleasant news for the House Speaker.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Fox News: Focus On Pelosi Changes Subject From Whether To Prosecute Bush Officials  —  Check out this surprisingly candid moment on Fox, where a top network correspondent says that the GOP's attack on Nancy Pelosi over what she knew about torture is a winner for the GOP because it changes …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Matthew Yglesias discusses how the right-wing strategy on torture is backfiring.  —  Today, ThinkProgress's Matthew Yglesias (who is celebrating his birthday today) wrote a column for the Daily Beast arguing that the right wing's sideshow on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) only furthers the case for a full investigation into torture.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi got heads up from administration on CIA memo
Discussion: RedState and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Mike Huckabee:
Fancy Nancy
The Nation:
‘US special squad killed Benazir’  —  NEW YORK (Online) - Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of the special death squad formed by former US vice-president Dick Cheney, which had already killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and the army chief of that country.
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Thaindian:
US journo claims Bhutto was killed on Cheney's orders
Discussion: Raw Story and Gateway Pundit
John M. Broder / New York Times:
U.S. to Issue Tougher Fuel Standards for Automobiles  —  WASHINGTON —The Obama administration will issue new national emissions and mileage requirements for cars and light trucks to resolve a long-running conflict among the states, the federal government and auto manufacturers, industry officials said Monday.
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Associated Press:   Obama to tap consumers for emission, mpg standards
The Politico:   Obama plans new fuel limit by 2016
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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Associated Press:
Steelers' Harrison won't visit Obama … PITTSBURGH — James Harrison plans to pass on another trip to the White House with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  —  Harrison, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, says he'll skip the Super Bowl champion's visit to the White House to meet President Barack Obama …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and The Plank
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin camp eyed Clinton alliance  —  In an unusual attempt to forge an alliance between two of the most prominent political families in American politics, John Coale, a Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser to Sarah Palin, urged the conservative Alaska governor to use …
Tara Malone / Chicago Tribune:
William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. headline Mideast peace rally  —  Oak Park forum features 2 figures associated with President Barack Obama  —  Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
George Will's Irritable Mental Gestures  —  It's probably not fair to say that conservatives have no idea, but this entire George Will column is basically the same as the column he wrote about how he hates jeans, except this time it's about how he hates Portland.
Discussion: MyDD and Streetsblog
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.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court upholds California medical pot law  —  Justices turn down appeals from San Diego and San Bernardino counties seeking to throw out the state's 13-year-old medical marijuana law.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals from two hold-out counties …
Discussion: Raw Story and L.A. Now
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Helen Thomas To Gibbs: ‘What Is The Threat From Iran?’  Prove It!  —  Here we have the ultimate head-in-your-hands moment.  I understand societal standards of decency and respect for the elderly, but every day this woman sits in the front row during the White House Press Briefing asking...
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Jim Webb flip-flops, now opposes closing Guantanamo  —  To be more precise: He now opposes closing it anytime soon but naturally is A-OK with closing it at some murky, distant time in the future.  Which, as far as I can tell, means he holds the same position on it as George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.
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 …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Young Pakistanis Take One Problem Into Their Own Hands  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — The idea was simple, but in Pakistan, a country full of talk and short on action, it smacked of rebellion.  —  A group of young Pakistani friends, sick of hearing their families complain about the government …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘31% of Israelis call Obama pro-Israel’  —  Article's topics: Barack Obama, Arab-israeli Conflict, George W. Bush  —  Only 31 percent of Israelis consider the views of American president Barack Obama's administration pro-Israel, according to a Smith Research poll released Sunday …
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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 …
Jonathan Wheatley / Financial Times:
Brazil and China eye plan to axe dollar  —  Brazil and China will work towards using their own currencies in trade transactions rather than the US dollar, according to Brazil's central bank and aides to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president.  —  The move follows recent Chinese challenges …
 
 
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