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4:40 AM ET, May 22, 2009


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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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Unbalanced  —  A simple note having now read the former vice-president's despicable and disgraceful speech.  It confirms the very worst of him, and reveals just how callow, just how arrogant, and just how reckless and unrepentant this man is and has long been.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
McCain: Cheney Endorses Spanish Inquisition Technique  —  I stopped by to see John McCain this afternoon in his Senate office.  I haven't seen him for several months, and was glad to see that he seemed rested and ready, if not tan.  He was in high spirits, and we talked …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politics Daily
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.
The Huffington Post:
Cheney's Speech: Obama “Deserves An Answer” (TRANSCRIPT, VIDEO)  —  Moments after President Barack Obama concluded a sober and wide-ranging address at the National Archives on Thursday, news networks cut to a shot of Dick Cheney stepping up to a podium, set to issue what was hyped …
The White House:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON NATIONAL SECURITY  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  Please be seated.  Thank you all for being here.  Let me just acknowledge the presence of some of my outstanding Cabinet members and advisors.  We've got our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
New York Times:
Text: Obama's Speech on National Security
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney vs. Obama: A Mismatch
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Cheney On Torture: Misinformation And Straw Men
Discussion: Salon, Politicker NY and Wonkette
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Speed Reading Clerk Reads Stalling Amendment To House Climate Change Legislation  —  Earlier today, we reported that Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have taken an extraordinary measure to combat nefarious Republican stall tactics.  Faced with the possibility …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Speed reader makes Hill debut  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The congressional speed reader made his committee debut Thursday — but it looks like his brief taste of the limelight may mark his Capitol Hill swan song.  —  The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce committee, Texas Rep. Joe Barton …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate Bill Clears Hurdle, but Others Remain  —  WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Committee, splitting largely along party lines, approved on Thursday the most ambitious energy and global warming legislation ever debated in Congress.  —  The bill's passage, on a 33-to-25 vote …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Cleverly Thwart ‘Nefarious’ …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Pelosi Gets Poor Marks for Handling Interrogation Matter  —  More disapprove than approve of speaker's response  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans disapprove than approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of the matter concerning the government's use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects.
Discussion: Emptywheel, Don Surber, The Swamp and TPMDC
Obama: Still Opposed to Truth Commission
Discussion: Wonkette
Associated Press:   House rejects probe into Pelosi CIA claims
Caleb / Caleb's blog:
History Is (Re)Written By The Winners  —  ... or at least, by the ad agencies.  —  The History Channel is a generally well-respected brand in the United States.  The shows routinely make “water-cooler” conversation at sites like Redstate.  Indeed, the sister networks like The Military Channel …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and protein wisdom
Megan McArdle:
The Road to Bankruptcy  —  At the end of his book's harrowing account of mortgage mistakes and credit card crises, Edmund Andrews writes: “While our misadventure had certainly been more extreme than those of many other Americans, our situation was not all that unusual.”
The U.S. Department of Labor:
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA  —  In the week ending May 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 631,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 643,000.  The 4-week moving average was 628,500 …
Jobless Claims in U.S. Decreased 12,000 to 631,000
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Wonkette
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Suspects in NY synagogue plot to be held in jail  —  WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - Four Muslim men suspected of a plot to blow up two New York synagogues and shoot down military planes were ordered to remain in jail on Thursday in what police called homegrown terrorism.
The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Demands “A Damn Apology” From The View (AUDIO)  —  Here's the latest dumbassed escalation in the Glenn Beck versus The View story!  Beck is now demanding apologies from the View for accusing him of lying.  GLENN BECK HAS CHECKED AND RECHECKED HIS MINUTIAE BY CRACKEE, and needs reparations!
Discussion: TVNewser
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Santorum: ‘Conservatives believe in the stewardship of patrimony.’  —  Last night on Fox News, former senator Rick Santorum told Greta Van Susteren that the Republican party “has to stand up for conservative principles.”  They have to support the “patrimony” against “a guy named Barack Obama” who wants to upend “our social structure”:
New York Times:
Despite the Talk, Adopting the Bush Approach  —  Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor and author of “Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihad,” is legal affairs editor at National Review.  —  President Obama's speech is the September 10th mindset trying to come to grips with September 11th reality.
Washington Post:
U.S. to Steer GM Toward Bankruptcy  —  Filing Expected as Chrysler Set to Emerge  —  The Obama administration is preparing to send General Motors into bankruptcy as early as the end of next week under a plan that would give the automaker tens of billions of dollars more in public financing …
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 …
Dena Aubin / Reuters:
S&P cuts New York Times rating deeper into junk status  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Thursday cut its rating on the New York Times Co (NYT.N) deeper into junk status, citing rising leverage in the midst of a newspaper industry slump.  —  A drop in ad revenue aggravated …
Lloyd Garver / The Huffington Post:
California For Sale  —  The fact that California is in bad shape financially does not make it unique.  What makes it unique is Governor Schwarzenegger's suggestion to help get California back on its sandaled feet.  He recently proposed that the state sell off some of its most famous properties …
Michael James / The Note:
RNC Launches ‘Daisy’ Web Ad  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele this week promised an aggressive new approach to opposing President Obama.  —  That starts now.  —  The RNC is launching a Web ad on Friday highlighting Democrats' divisions …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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: Raw Story, AMERICAblog News and D-Day
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Cheney: Adult  —  A serious, important speech.  Politicians and the media seem unduly impressed by favorability polls, often drawing unwarranted conclusions from them.  Since Cheney has relatively high unfavorables, it's assumed that the public dismisses his statements.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Richard Mcenroe / Not One Red Cent:
A Florida Parable!  —  Talk about your perfect timing.  —  Two Big Pricks Thwarted by Thousands of Little Pricks Acting Together!  —  This story is ABSOLUTELY TRUE... with one or two small changes to protect the innocent and piss off people I don't approve of.
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Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Britain's prized AAA rating under threat as S?P issues stark warning
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Intel Dem: Fix Gitmo — don't close it
Discussion: Raw Story and Flopping Aces
The Sleuth:
For GOP, It's Newt as the Draw
Ezra Klein:
Dissecting the Republican Health Care Plan (Part 2)
Discussion: Liberal Values
Associated Press:
Porn star: panel to explore possible Senate run
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Maggie Gallagher / The Corner:
The Trouble with Social Conservatives
Discussion: Politics Daily and AmSpecBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Nashville Effect  —  Two members of rock-n-roll royalty are getting married.
Discussion: The Plank
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
(F) Bombs Away at White House Happy Hour
Discussion: Political Fix