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12:25 PM 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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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: RNC's Steele associates' pay spurs questions  —  Some call RNC salaries ‘way out of line’  —  When Michael S. Steele took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, he brought along longtime personal assistant Belinda Cook and gave her a salary nearly three times what her predecessor made.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Steele Tries To Turn the Page  —  AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Richard Burkhart  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will call for an end to the “era of apologizing” in the GOP and urge his fellow party members to “focus all of our energies …
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Not To Worry-Pretty Soon, No Republicans Will Be Influential
Mark Preston / CNN:
Steele: GOP must focus on conservative principles
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   New Poll Reveals Reid's Vulnerability
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Harry situation in Nevada
Discussion: The Swamp
Pakistan Daily Times:
I did not say Cheney killed Benazir: Hersh  —  LAHORE: US journalist Seymour Hersh on Monday contradicted news reports being published in South Asia that quote him as saying a “special death squad” made by former US vice president Dick Cheney had killed Benazir Bhutto.
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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.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Credit Card Industry Aims to Profit From Sterling Payers  —  Credit cards have long been a very good deal for people who pay their bills on time and in full.  Even as card companies imposed punitive fees and penalties on those late with their payments, the best customers racked up cash-back rewards …
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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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
CIA Officials Fear That New Rules May Hinder Interrogations  —  Intelligence Officials Privately Warn That New Rules May Hinder Their Interrogations  —  Battered by recriminations over waterboarding and other harsh techniques sanctioned by the Bush administration, the CIA is girding itself …
Jack Goldsmith / The New Republic:
The Cheney Fallacy  —  Why Barack Obama is waging a more effective war on terror than George W. Bush.  —  Former Vice President Cheney says that President Obama's reversal of Bush-era terrorism policies endangers American security.  The Obama administration, he charges, has …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Donklephant
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's $1,300 car tax  —  Nobody in the White House is going to call the president's “mileage and pollution” plan what it is.  —  It's a $1,300 car tax.  On the working class.  On the middle class.  On everyone who has responded to the government's consumption-mania incentives …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin camp eyed Clinton alliance  —  In an unusual attempt to forge an alliance between two of the most prominent families in American politics, John Coale, a Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser to Sarah Palin, urged the conservative Alaska governor to use her political action committee …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Scored Big at Notre Dame  —  At least the president is forthright about his principles.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Seldom does dawn rise on an America where the morning's New York Times displays a more intuitive grasp of a story than the New York Post.
Discussion: jillstanek.com and Althouse
Washington Post:
U.S., Russian Scientists Say Missile Shield Wouldn't Protect Europe From Iran  —  A planned U.S. missile shield to protect Europe from a possible Iranian attack would be ineffective against the kinds of missiles Iran is likely to deploy, according to a joint analysis by top U.S. and Russian scientists.
Discussion: The Nation and the joshua blog
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BBC:   Russia and US begin nuclear talks
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Dan Brown's America  —  The movie treatment of his novel, “Angels and Demons,” is cleaning up at the box office this week.  The sequel to “The DaVinci Code,” due out in November, might bouy the publishing industry through the recession.  And if you want to understand the state of American religion …
Michelle Malkin:
California: The poster child for dysfunction  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger was so preoccupied with lecturing the national GOP about the need to “rebrand” itself and move left that he forgot to mind California's own business.  —  Today, his desperate tax-and-spend ballot measures are expected to all go down in flames at the polls.
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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Netanyahu stands firm against demands from Obama  —  Israel stood firm against demands from Barack Obama on Monday to cease the construction of Jewish settlements and embrace the “two-state solution” to achieving peace in the Middle East.  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister …
Discussion: Don Surber and Daily Pundit
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Talk of insurance mandate growing  —  Health care could soon go the way of the automobile, with users having no choice but to buy insurance coverage.  —  Within four years, every American could be required to own health insurance or pay their way through tax penalties.
gqrr.com:
DCorps: New Survey Reveals Obama Closing the Democrats Historical National Security Gap  —  Democracy Corps  —  Research Categories … Executive Summary  —  A new Democracy Corps poll released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner today shows that after 100 days in office, President Barack Obama has …
 
 
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Rasmussen Reports:
54% in Minnesota Say Coleman Should Concede Senate Race to Franken
Discussion: TPMDC
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
The AM Roundup: Hsu Drops, A Win for Pot Smokers, More . . .
Michelle Malkin:
Stop spending my money on porkulus road signs
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Skeptics of Global Warming Have Their Say on Capitol Hill
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Support for Obama Becomes an Issue
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