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6:15 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 …
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.
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Credit Card Practices  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to put new restrictions on the credit card industry, passing a bill whose backers say will make card-issuers spell out their terms in fewer words, using plain English, and treat customers more fairly.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Responsible credit-card users to “subsidize” deadbeats now
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Moe Lane
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michael Steele: ‘Honeymoon is over’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele vows to take Obama ‘head-on’
Discussion: and Midwest Voices
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Here We Go  —  Walter Pincus commences the drumbeat …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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.
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 …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
AP Source: Democrats won't fund Guantanamo closing … WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison next January, a top Democratic official said Tuesday.  —  With debate looming on Obama's spending request …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
GOOD FOR HUNTSMAN, BUT NO ONE KNOWS HOW 2012 WILL SHAKE OUT.  —  Since I'm on semi-vacation in New Hampshire, I've more-or-less missed the ever-shrinking Blogger Commentary Time Window (BCTW) on Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's nomination as the United States Ambassador to China.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Christian Brose / Shadow Government:
The GOP's future on the long boat to China
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Relenting on Newt [UPDATED]  —  When the National Council for a New America launched last month, Eric Cantor's spokesman, Brad Dayspring, told me that Newt Gingrich hadn't been invited to join the National Council for a New America because he runs a “partisan” 527 organization, American Solutions.
Discussion: Think Progress and GOP 12
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gingrich Joins Cantor's Effort To Remake GOP
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Gingrich signs on to GOP re-branding effort
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Obama admin. won't appeal DADT case to Supreme Court, but will …
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Uighurs Fire Back At Gingrich From Gitmo: “Why Does He Hate Us So Much?”
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Goodlatte Supports Birth Certificate Requirement Bill
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Prosecute sins of Bush-Cheney era
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hey Boo Boo, ‘Who are those guys?’
Discussion: The Politico
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
NBC to Produce Just One Episode of Jay Leno Show; Will Rerun …
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A Failure of Capitalism (III) …
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In Defense of the Liberal Arts
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's $1,300 car tax