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9:30 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 Post:
NY TERROR PLOT FOILED  —  EXTREMISTS BUSTED IN BRONX  —  Four home-grown Muslim terrorists hell bent on blowing up two Bronx synagogues and shooting down a military plane have been arrested following a massive, year-long investigation, sources told the Post.
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
FBI, NYPD Arrest 4 in Alleged Plot to Bomb NY Synagogues  —  One suspect was allegedly upset over the war in Afghanistan  —  John F. Kennedy International Airport |  Four New York men were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to blow up area Jewish centers and military targets.
Tom McElroy / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: 4 arrested in plot to bomb NYC temple
Discussion: Israpundit
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and HotMES
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Setback Of His Own  —  There are no friends in politics, just interests.  Some in the White House relearned that dictum this week, as their party dissolved into factions, and largely knelt down in front ofRepublican political priorities.  —  As usual, administration officials won't concede …
CNN Poll: Obama moving US in right direction  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Republican Party gets ready to condemn what they call the Democrats ‘march to socialism’, a new national poll indicates that most Americans believe President Barack Obama's policies would move the country in the right direction.
Bret Baier / Fox News:
The Death of the Republican Party May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Discussion: MSNBC and Gateway Pundit
Ben Evans / Associated Press:   GOP drops effort to rename Democrats ‘Socialist’
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Specter defends Pelosi, questions CIA's honesty  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) took the opportunity Wednesday to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has come under fire in recent weeks over a controversy surrounding when she was told of the use of enhanced interrogation techniques being used by the CIA.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
What the Sacramento Bee really thinks of voters  —  I wrote yesterday: “As expected, the liberal establishment will characterize voters as tantrum-throwers.  When initiatives go their way, voters are wise, smart, discerning citizens.  When initiatives fail miserably, the electorate is a moronic mob.”
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.
New York Times:
Keeping Score on Obama vs. Netanyahu  —  WASHINGTON — After the much anticipated White House meeting on Monday between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, one question being asked in diplomatic circles is this: Did Mr. Obama give up more than he got?
The Huffington Post:
Obama: Plame Lawsuit Should Not Be Reconsidered By Supreme Court  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:  —  CREW learned today that the Obama administration is opposing our request that the Supreme Court reconsider the dismissal of the lawsuit, Wilson v. Libby, et al.
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.
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.
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
Chris Isidore /
Fed's economic forecast worsens  —  Central bank now expects unemployment to rise to a range of 9.2% to 9.6% this year.  Fed also predicts a sharper decline in GDP than it had forecast in January.  —  NEW YORK ( — The Federal Reserve's latest forecasts for the U.S. economy …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
Do You Want Your OTV?  —  On April 27, President Obama welcomed the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies, who had just won the NCAA women's basketball championship.  —  After the event, President Obama went to the White House basketball court to shoot hoop with the Lady Huskies.
The Huffington Post:
Dodd Dinner With Online Payday Lenders Transforms Into Fundraiser  —  The Online Lenders Alliance, a lobby group for Internet payday lenders, is hosting a three-day conference in Washington, D.C. The agenda's highlights include Senate Republicans, such as Richard Shelby (Ala.) …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Rick Green
Michelle Malkin:
NO KOH  —  The Right is up for a fight.  Ready?  —  Today, some of the best conservative legal and national security thinkers/doers will discuss the battle over the Harold Koh nomination.  Bloggers can join the call.  —  Go here for more info and make sure to bookmark the website of the Coalition to Preserve American Sovereignty.
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.
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