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3:25 PM ET, May 19, 2009


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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Responsible credit-card users to “subsidize” deadbeats now
Discussion: Moe Lane
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Bill Curtailing Credit Card Industry
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
New Poll Reveals Reid's Vulnerability  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a precarious position as he seeks a fifth term in 2010 — viewed unfavorably by half of the Nevada electorate with a similar number saying they will vote to replace him next fall, according to a new independent poll released today.
Discussion: MyDD and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gingrich Joins Cantor's Effort To Remake GOP
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michael Steele: ‘Honeymoon is over’
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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:
AP source: Democrats won't fund Guantanamo closing  —  WASHINGTON - 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 to cover military …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats fold on closing Gitmo
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.
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.
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 …
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Court Says White House Can Keep Memos on Bush E-mails Private
Discussion: Raw Story and Prairie Weather
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   White House wins court fight on e-mail disclosure
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
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 Weasel Zippers
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 …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. to Check Immigration Status of People in Local Jails  —  Obama Administration's Enforcement Push Could Lead to Sharp Increase in Deportation Cases  —  The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Sadly, No!
PR Newswire:
CAIR: Sen. Specter Cancels Speech at Anti-Islam Event  —  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) has canceled a scheduled appearance at an “anti-Islam” conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by a right-wing think tank headed by Daniel Pipes …
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Jury Convicts Fund-Raiser Hsu  —  NEW YORK — Norman Hsu, a former top fund-raiser for the Democratic Party and convicted Ponzi scheme operator, was found guilty Tuesday of illegally funneling tens of thousands of dollars to candidates for federal office by pressuring investors to donate to his favored candidates.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Which journos met with Netanyahu?
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and The Swamp
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Old Time and the New Newsweek  —  Twenty-seven years ago …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Rminva / Sky News:
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
GPS system ‘close to breakdown’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Failure of Capitalism (III) …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Defense of the Liberal Arts
 Earlier Items: 
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
GOP Warlords vs. the Cybernetic Monkey-Men
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Michelle Malkin:
Stop spending my money on porkulus road signs
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Support for Obama Becomes an Issue
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Vehicle Emission Rules to Tighten
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Talk of insurance mandate growing