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5:40 PM ET, May 21, 2009


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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Text of Cheney's AEI Speech  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained an advance copy of VP Cheney's remarks as prepared for delivery later this morning at the American Enterprise Institute.  I've read it quickly.  I think fair-minded people will find it very well-argued and powerful.
New York Times:
Text: Obama's Speech on National Security  —  Following is a text of President Obama's prepared speech on Thursday on national security issues.  —  These are extraordinary times for our country.  We are confronting an historic economic crisis.  We are fighting two wars.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney vs. Obama: A Mismatch  —  I've read both speeches.  —  Obama's is the speech of a young senator who was once a part-time law professor—platitudinous and preachy, vague and pseudo-thoughtful in an abstract kind of way.  This sentence was revealing: “On the other hand …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Opinionator
CNN Poll: Favorable opinion of Dick Cheney on the rise  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As Dick Cheney prepares to give a major speech on the battle against terrorism, a new national poll suggests that favorable opinions of the former vice president are on the rise.  —  But the CNN/Opinion Research …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: U.S. went ‘off course’ on terror  —  President Barack Obama declared defiantly Thursday that the U.S. “went off course” in fighting terrorism over the past eight years, and said his policies will “better protect” the country against al Qaeda.  —  In a major address at the National Archives …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's civil liberties speech  —  Obama's speech this morning, like most Obama speeches, made pretty points in rhetorically effective ways about the Constitution, our values, transparency, oversight, the state secrets privilege, and the rule of law.  But his actions, in many critical cases, have repeatedly run afoul of those words.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cheney Secrecy & War Crimes Blogging  —  11:20 AM ... Cheney starts things off classy with some snide comments about Obama's speech length.  —  11:24 AM ... Transcript of Cheney's speech.  So far basically 9/11, 9/11, 9/11 sort of echoes of Rudyism.  —  11:27 AM ... Still trying.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Washington Post
The Corner:
Cheney vs. Obama  —  Two speeches, two very different men.  Former Vice President Cheney seeks no political future.  He speaks from the vantage of one who witnessed the killing of our fellow citizens, who deliberated and defined the strategy that would successfully prevent further murders of our fellow Americans.
Richard B. Cheney / American Enterprise Institute:
Remarks by Richard B. Cheney
Discussion: Cold Fury
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Live Blogging the President's National Security Speech
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.  —
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Pronunciations  —  I don't have a problem with the fact that Barack Obama says “Pah-kee-stahn” when referring to the country to the west of India.  Nor do I have a problem with the fact that Obama says “Afghanistan” in the customary American manner.
Discussion: Think Progress and protein wisdom
The Huffington Post:
Obama National Archives Speech (TRANSCRIPT, VIDEO)
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
Charlie Crist /
Secure our future responsibly  —  Last year I supported Sen. John McCain for president.  Despite these efforts, the American public chose Barack Obama as the person they wanted in the White House to confront the worst financial market turmoil since the Great Depression and the worst recession in a generation.
John J. Miller / The Corner:
What Does Charlie Crist Believe?
Pew Research Center:
Independents Take Center Stage in Obama Era  —  Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2009  —  Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama era begins.  The political values and core attitudes that the Pew Research Center has monitored since 1987 show little overall ideological movement.
The Huffington Post:   Dems Making Massive Gains As GOP Deteriorates: Pew Poll
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Haley Barbour Headed Iowa to for RPI Event  —  The Iowa Republican has learned that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is coming to Des Moines to headline an event for the Republican Party of Iowa.  The Republican Party has yet to release the details of this event, but it is expected to be held on Thursday, June 25th.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Barbour To Iowa  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will make a trip …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Replacing Justice Souter  —  With Supreme Court Justice David Souter set to retire next month at the end of the Court's current term, President Barack Obama faces one of the most important decisions of his tenure. asked a panel of leading legal scholars and commentators for their views …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Nashville Effect  —  Two members of rock-n-roll royalty are getting married.  A couple of weeks ago, news broke that White Stripes drummer Meg White and guitarist Jackson Smith (son of legendary MC5 founder the late Fred “Sonic” Smith and singer-songwriter Patti Smith) plan to tie the knot later this month.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Media Matters Action Network:
RNC Hits Obama For Criticizing Slavery … RNC: as he prepares to deliver remarks in hall that holds the constitution, flashback obama: “constitution flawed” #RNC [Twitter, 5/21/09]  —  FACT: Obama Explains The Constitution's “Fundamental Flaw” Was Slavery.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
The Climate-Industrial Complex  —  Some businesses see nothing but profits in the green movement.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming.  This is a new twist on a very old practice …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Walked Day In Shoes Of Worker Directly Impacted By White House Decision
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Megan McArdle:
The Road to Bankruptcy  —  At the end of his book's harrowing account …
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
McConnell rips Obama's ‘flowery’ security speech
Jordan Weissmann / The BLT:
Justice Breyer: Judges Need Voice in the Cabinet
The Plank:
Obama: Keeping us “Safe”
Financial Times:
Funds move to halt Chrysler restructuring
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
(F) Bombs Away at White House Happy Hour
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Huh?  —  It seems to be a new Cheneyite talking point that x% …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Tony Perry / L.A. Now:
ACLU blasts school officials over sixth-grader's Harvey Milk report
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FCC's Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts
Discussion: Techdirt and Raw Story