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10:50 AM ET, May 21, 2009


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NY Daily News:
FBI arrest four in alleged plot to bomb Bronx synagogues, shoot down plane  —  The FBI busted a homegrown terror cell late Wednesday night as the men sneaked around a Jewish temple in Riverdale planting what they thought were packages of C-4 explosives, sources told the Daily News.
New York Times:
4 Accused of Bombing Plot at Bronx Synagogues  —  Four men were arrested Wednesday night in what the authorities said was a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes at an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y.  —  The men, all of whom live in Newburgh …
New York Times:
Police Say Terror Suspects Acted Alone  —  The four men arrested Wednesday night in what the authorities said was a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes at an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y. were petty criminals who appeared to be acting alone …
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
FBI, NYPD Arrest 4 in Alleged Plot to Bomb NY Synagogues
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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Discussion: Cold Fury and JammieWearingFool
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects …
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
Ignore the party, Rush, Newt and Cheney are the muscle  —  Right now there are two RNCs here in Washington, side by side.  The contrast is instructive.  —  One, the Republican National Committee, is a clueless self-parody.  The other, the (R)ush-(N)ewt-(C)heney tag team …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Huddles With Human Rights Groups Before Security Speech  —  Under heavy criticism for a series of decisions on national security that resembled, for some, those of the Bush years, President Barack Obama hosted a lengthy meeting on Wednesday with the leaders of several key human rights and civil liberties groups.
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Cheney Speech: Obama ‘Deserves an Answer’  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney today will offer some praise for President Obama in addition to a strong defense of Bush administration national-security policies, in a speech that will be delivered …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Setting the stage at AEI
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Obama ‘Distracted’ by Biden's ‘Indiscipline,’ Book Asserts  —  The president is so “distracted by his vice president's indiscipline” that he has been forced to rebuke privately Vice President Biden, according to a new book by Richard Wolffe.  —
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Jihad Watch
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Sacramento Bee publishes vicious screed bashing taxpayers, gets caught, then scrubs with milquetoast replacement  —  Early this morning, the failing Sacramento Bee published a “vicious screed” that pilloried taxpayers for refusing to feed California's insatiable state government.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
R.N.C. Votes Down the ‘Democrat Socialist Party’  —  The Republican National Committee backed away Wednesday from a resolution that officially called Democrats the “Democrat Socialist Party,” but instead voted to condemn Democrats for what it called a “march toward socialism.”
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Congressman: We're going to Disney  —  Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.  —  So on Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first …
Agence France Presse:
US House speaker Pelosi to visit China: state media  — US House speaker Pelosi to visit China: state media  —  BEIJING (AFP) - US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit China this month, state press said Thursday of the longtime critic of Beijing's rule over Tibet and its human rights record.
Discussion: The Page
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Specter defends Pelosi, questions CIA's honesty
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
1 in 7 Freed Detainees Rejoins Fight, Report Finds  —  WASHINGTON — An unreleased Pentagon report provides new details concluding that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Porter Goss Won't Say Whether He And Pelosi Were Told About Use Of Torture  —  Porter Goss, the former GOP Congressman who was in the room with Nancy Pelosi during their 2002 CIA briefing on interrogations, is declining through a spokesperson to say whether the two of them were told that enhanced interrogation techniques had been used.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
California, a Broke State, Reels as Voters Rebuff Leaders  —  LOS ANGELES — Direct democracy has once again upended California — enough so that the state may finally consider another way by overhauling its Constitution for the first time in 130 years.  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returned home …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
President Obama as Commander in Chief  —  No new president finds that every aspect of the job suits him at once; some duties are inevitably more comfortable than others.  What we have witnessed in the past few weeks is Barack Obama trying on and fitting himself to the role of commander in chief.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Flip-Flops and Governance  —  Our president isn't quite as advertised.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Barack Obama inherited a set of national-security policies that he rejected during the campaign but now embraces as president.  This is a stunning and welcome about-face.
Fox News:
Trebek Makes Bush Joke as Texas Teen Wins Geography Bee  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top geography whiz breezed through questions about mountain ranges, rivers and world capitals Wednesday, but he was stumped when National Geographic Bee host Alex Trebek asked him to name one of his weaknesses.
Discussion: PoliGazette and
Wall Street Journal:
Pre-emption of State Laws Rolled Back  —  WASHINGTON — In a sweeping order Wednesday, President Barack Obama called for a rollback of Bush administration regulations designed to protect companies from product-liability lawsuits in state courts.  —  The memo didn't name specific industries …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Sebastian Kitchen / Montgomery Advertiser:
Roby will run for Congress  —  Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby said she will be a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in 2010.  —  The Republican said Wednesday that she has filed her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to organize a campaign, which allows her to begin raising money.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Speech: A Preview  —  In his speech, President Obama decries what he'll call an “ad hoc” legal approach to terrorism taken by the last administration, one that was “neither effective nor sustainable - a framework that failed to trust in our institutions, and that failed to use our values as a compass.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Distributing The Regulatory Surplus  —  It occurs to me that you can think of the policy debate around auctioning carbon permits as an example of a very general phenomenon.  Whenever you enact regulations aimed at restricting an activity, but not aimed at outright banning the activity, you create a kind of “regulatory surplus.”
Discussion: The Bellows
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Did White House OK Earliest Detainee Abuse?  —  Listen Now  —  · It is clear that increasingly abusive interrogation techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee, in the months between his capture and the first Justice Department memo authorizing harsh interrogations.
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