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11:45 AM ET, May 20, 2009


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Eric Bailey / Los Angeles Times:
California voters kill budget measures  —  Only salary curbs survive in a rout of Schwarzenegger's slate of reforms  —  Reporting from Sacramento — The “big five” elected leaders — Schwarzenegger and the legislative chieftains from both houses — are slated to begin closed-door meetings today upon …
Megan McArdle:
Is California Too Big to Fail?  —  So what about California?  A reader asks.  Ummm, that's a tough one.  No, wait, it's not: California is completely, totally, irreparably hosed.  And not a little garden hose.  More like this.  Their outflow is bigger than their inflow.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Calif. Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent  —  LOS ANGELES — A smattering of California voters on Tuesday soundly rejected five ballot measures designed to keep the state solvent through the rest of the year.  —  The results dealt a severe setback to the state's fragile fiscal structure …
Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
Schwarzenegger's 3rd budget reform attempt flops
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Advocates of Gun Rights Are Poised for a Victory  —  WASHINGTON — Advocates of gun rights are poised to win a Congressional victory that eluded them under a Republican president.  —  To the frustration and discouragement of many Democrats, House and Senate lawmakers and aides …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats in Senate Block Money to Close Guantánamo  —  WASHINGTON — In an abrupt shift, Senate Democratic leaders said on Tuesday that they would not provide the $80 million that President Obama requested to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's biggest critic: Krauthammer  —  The dinner guest that night at George Will's house in Chevy Chase was intellectually nimble, personally formidable and completely baffling, recalled columnist Charles Krauthammer - who was getting his first up-close look at President-elect Barack Obama.
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
A Small Man  —  This blog has had many differences with Joe Klein of Time magazine, whom I once considered a very friendly acquaintance before he accused me and those who argued for an aggressive policy in Iraq and with Iran of being war criminals and began spouting anti-Semitic conspiracy nonsense that …
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Why Pelosi Should Step Down  —  The case against Nancy Pelosi remaining Speaker of the House is as simple as it is devastating:  —  The person who is No. 2 in line to be commander in chief can't have contempt for the men and women who protect our nation.  America can't afford it.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt: Dems ‘should get a new speaker’
Discussion: Washington Wire
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: When Steele Talks, Republicans Check Their BlackBerrys  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, working the room at a luncheon gathering of party officials yesterday, had the same parting words for each man he met: “Stay out of trouble.”
Peter Hamby / CNN:
RNC showdown over ‘socialist’ resolution may be avoided
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Plank
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Clinton-era hard drive missing from archives  —  A massive amount of sensitive, national security-related information from the Clinton administration has gone missing from the national archives.  —  The Inspector General of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) …
David Johnston / New York Times:
Investigation Into Huge Loss of Computerized Clinton Data
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Associated Press:
Clinton: Iran can't have nuclear arms capability  —  WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that a nuclear-armed Iran is “going to spark an arms race” in the Middle East.  —  In an appearance before a Senate Appropriations panel, Clinton reiterated …
Discussion: The Page
The Politico:
Obama, Cheney plan dueling speeches  —  President Barack Obama will attempt to regain control of a boiling debate over anti-terrorism policy with a major speech on Thursday—an address that comes on the same day that former Vice President Cheney will be weighing in with his own speech on the same theme.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cheney Grabs a Third Term  —  Dick and Rummy are at Cafe Milano in Georgetown, holding court.  The maître d' fawns.  Waiters hover.  Tourists snap pics on their digital cameras.  Cable chatterers stop by to ingratiate themselves.  —  It isn't so much that Dick and Rummy are back.
America's Richest Givers Hold Secret Meeting  —  Oprah, Gates, Buffett Gather in NY to Compare Notes About Charity, Economy  —  Under a cloak of secrecy, some of the world's wealthiest people gathered in an unprecedented meeting early this month in New York City possibly to coordinate strategies …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Don Surber
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Democrats' Assault On the CIA  —  In a little over 100 days, the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress have delivered a series of blows to the pride and morale of the Central Intelligence Agency.  —  It began with the release of the Justice Department memos …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Spitzer rips Paterson administration over Troopergate  —  ALBANY - A rude, testy Eliot Spitzer blasted his successor's administration while being grilled about the Troopergate scandal, newly released records show.  —  Spitzer was terse, combative - and seemingly forgetful …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and JammieWearingFool
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
‘My Time Is Precious’: Spitzer Sets the Tone During Inquiry on Leaks
Discussion: TigerHawk and Associated Press
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands  —  KABUL — Insurgents in Afghanistan, fighting from some of the poorest and most remote regions on earth, have managed for years to maintain an intensive guerrilla war against materially superior American and Afghan forces.
Theresa Cook / Legalities:
Judge Wood Goes to Washington  —  Just two days after Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's sudden appearance in Washington set off a flurry of speculation about Supreme Court interviews, here's something that actually could be significant:  —  Federal Appears Court Judge Diane Wood …
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Has 23-Point Lead In New Jersey GOP Primary, Quinnipiac University New Jersey Poll Finds; Corzine, With Low Approval, Gains No Ground On Christie  —  Two weeks before the primary in the New Jersey Governor's race, former federal prosecutor Christopher Christie leads former Bogota …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Kaine to Pawlenty: Drop Coleman  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine urged Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday to call on fellow Republican Norm Coleman to drop his bid for the contested Minnesota Senate seat.  —  “No one will deny that the race was incredibly close …
Discussion: TPMDC and The Page
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Why the U.S. should listen to India's voters  —  Last November 131, million Americans voted, and the whole world took notice.  Over the last month, about 700 million Indians voted, and most Americans, like most of the world, didn't much notice.  To be sure, American elections are more important …
Discussion: Power Line and Fausta's Blog
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Use of Patriot Act Authority Increased Dramatically in 2008  —  FISA-court authorizations for national security and counter-terrorism wiretaps dropped last year by almost 300, a new Justice Department report to Congress shows.  But the FBI's use of “national security letters” …
Discussion: Ars Technica and TalkLeft
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Need for Speed (Read) to Pass Climate Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee have taken a novel precaution to head off Republican efforts to slow action this week on a sweeping climate bill.  They are hiring a speed reader.
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