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7:40 PM ET, May 19, 2009


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Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Poll: Reid's re-election numbers don't add up  —  CARSON CITY — Nearly half of Nevadans have had enough of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as the powerful Democrat heads into his re-election campaign, a new Las Vegas Review-Journal poll finds.  —  About a third of the state's voters …
The Hill:
Kennedy's cancer in remission  —  Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain cancer is in remission and the Massachusetts Democrat is expected back in the Senate after the Memorial Day recess, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —  Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he spoke with Kennedy's wife …
Top Stories from CQ:   CQ Transcript: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Holds News Conference
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
New Poll Reveals Reid's Vulnerability
Discussion: MyDD and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Bill Curtailing Credit Card Industry  —  The Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill that would sharply curtail credit card issuers' ability to raise interest rates and charge fees, taking a critical step in reforming an industry that has gone largely unregulated for decades.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Responsible credit-card users to “subsidize” deadbeats now
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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
UPDATED: Source: “EIT” Term Wasn't In Use When Pelosi Was Briefed  —  Here's yet another reason (as if more were needed) to doubt that that CIA briefings document perfectly reflects what lawmakers were told about torture back in the early days of the war on terror.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Here We Go  —  Walter Pincus commences the drumbeat …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Fox News:
Steele Threatens to Quit if RNC Undermines Funding Authority  —  Michael Steele, who is delivering a speech Tuesday on the future of the GOP, says some of the animosity in the RNC is from people in the party who supported other candidates for chairman.  —
Michael Steele / The Politico:
The Republican Party turns a corner
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate Democrats won't fund Gitmo closing for now  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison until the administration comes up with a satisfactory plan for transferring the detainees held there, top Democrats said Tuesday.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Huntsman's mission  —  This, from the blog of a Utah State Rep. Craig Frank, may not be quite what Huntsman and Obama were thinking:  —  This is a big deal for the Governor, Utah, the United States, and...the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and GOP 12
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Christian Brose / Shadow Government:
The GOP's future on the long boat to China
Discussion: The Daily Dish
SteveK / TVNewser:
Anderson Cooper Says “Teabagging” Comment Was “Stupid, Silly”  —  CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke at UCLA Sunday as part of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series, and was asked about his “teabagging” comment last month during the Q&A portion.  —  Here is a video of his response, taken by an audience member.
CORRECTED - UPDATE 1-GM bankruptcy plan eyes quick sale to gov't  —  General Motors Corp's (GM.N) plan for a bankruptcy filing involves a quick sale of the company's healthy assets to a new company initially owned by the U.S. government, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Avoids Test on Gays in Military  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to accept an appeals-court ruling that could undermine the military's ban on service members found to be gay.  —  A federal appeals court in San Francisco last year ruled that the government must justify …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Administration's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Strategy
John McCaslin / Human Events:
The Guy Behind the Palin Pick  —  RICK'S PICK  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can thank Washington lobbyist and political consultant Rick Davis, chief executive officer of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, for being the ultimate pick to become the Republican vice presidential candidate.
Poll: Democrats and Repulicans agree on photos  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - It isn't often that Democrats and Republicans see eye to eye.  But on the thorny question of whether photos of U.S. military personnel allegedly abusing Iraqi prisoners should be released, a new national poll suggests Democrats and Republicans appear to agree.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Hotline On Call
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The President's hair  —  The caption from the White House Flickr feed: “The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own.”  —  post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  The son of a White House staff member during a family visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009.
Discussion: New York Magazine
The Huffington Post:
Uighurs Fire Back At Gingrich From Gitmo: “Why Does He Hate Us So Much?”  —  Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs, detained for more than six years and counting at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, are firing back at Newt Gingrich, who has accused them of terrorist ties and says that releasing …
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
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Old Time and the New Newsweek  —  Twenty-seven years ago, I began my professional career at Time Magazine as a reporter-researcher in the World section, which was devoted to international news.  Generally speaking, the World section ran 12 pages in the magazine.
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.
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Obama's new rules will transform US auto fleet  —  DETROIT - Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs.  Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more.  Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rumsfeld disputes GQ report  —  An aide to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Keith Urbahn, e-mails to contest a widely discussed GQ article by Robert Draper, which suggested that Rumsfeld “appreciated” the practice of quoting Biblical quotations on the cover sheets of classified briefings …
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
GPS system ‘close to breakdown’  —  Network of satellites could begin to fail as early as 2010  —  It has become one of the staples of modern, hi-tech life: using satellite navigation tools built into your car or mobile phone to find your way from A to B. But experts have warned that the system may be close to breakdown.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hey Boo Boo, ‘Who are those guys?’  —  Yogi the Bear may need a bulletproof vest.  —  In the bill cracking down on credit card abuses, senators have added an amendment enabling visitors to national parks and wildlife refuges to carry loaded guns — those baby bald eagles aren't endangered species any more anyway.
Discussion: The Politico
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Rep. Hoekstra: Only I'm Allowed To Accuse The CIA Of Lying
Discussion: Fox News and TPMMuckraker
Jeff Mellott /
Goodlatte Supports Birth Certificate Requirement Bill
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Prosecute sins of Bush-Cheney era
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
NBC to Produce Just One Episode of Jay Leno Show; Will Rerun …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Relenting on Newt [UPDATED]
Discussion: Think Progress
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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Bibles Destroyed in Afghanistan... By U.S. Military
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Which journos met with Netanyahu?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
Rminva / Sky News:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Failure of Capitalism (III) …
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In Defense of the Liberal Arts