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10:40 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 …
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 …
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Not To Worry-Pretty Soon, No Republicans Will Be Influential  —  Gallup finds that the GOP is in retreat among almost all demographics.  Meanwhile, Robert Stacy McCain does fierce battle against that most dangerous of creatures: the conservative who is taken seriously outside of the confines of the cocoon.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Steele: GOP must focus on conservative principles
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Partisan Identification and Prospects for the Democratic Majority
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.
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.
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 …
Times of London:
Speaker Michael Martin to resign this afternoon  —  ‘Moat’ MP to step down |  Vote for next speaker |  Runners and riders |  Profile: Michael Martin |  Archive: disgraced Speaker, 1695 |  Brown's bad night  —  Michael Martin is to resign today as Speaker of the House of Commons …
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.
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Tells Netanyahu He Has an Iran Timetable  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he expected to know by the end of the year whether Iran was making “a good-faith effort to resolve differences” in talks aimed at ending its nuclear program, signaling to Israel as well as Iran …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE GREEN MILE  —  *** The Green Mile: In covering this young Obama administration, the news never seems to stop, does it?  A day after President Obama discussed Iran and Middle East peace with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, he today will unveil new regulations on auto emissions …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Support for Obama Becomes an Issue
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 …
Discussion: Emptywheel and cab drollery
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 …
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEARNING THE WRONG LESSONS.... I don't want to dwell on the controversy surrounding Maureen Dowd using content from TPM without attribution, but some on the right are using the incident to draw the wrong conclusion.  A prominent conservative site called Hot Air, a project created by Michelle Malkin …
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News, Hot Air and Don Surber
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Jack Goldsmith / The New Republic:
The Cheney Fallacy  —  Why Barack Obama is waging a more effective war …
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cost of Cigarette Litter May Fall on San Francisco's Smokers
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Housing Starts Hit Record Low in April
Discussion: New York Times
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
China and US had secret climate talks
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Young Pakistanis Take One Problem Into Their Own Hands
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Steelers' Harrison won't visit Obama
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