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12:25 PM ET, May 22, 2009


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Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
The 10 punches Dick Cheney landed on Barack Obama's jaw  —  The spectacle of two duelling speeches with a mile of each other in downtown Washington was extraordinary.  I was at the Cheney event and watched Obama's address on a big screen beside the empty lectern that the former veep stepped behind barely …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama Adopts the Bush Approach to the War on Terrorism  —  “We were able to hold it off with George Bush.  The idea that we might find ourselves fighting with the Obama administration over these powers is really stunning.”  — Unnamed and dismayed human rights advocate, on legalizing indefinite detention of alleged terrorists,
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Cheney's speech ignored some inconvenient truths  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney's defense Thursday of the Bush administration's policies for interrogating suspected terrorists contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements.  —  In his address to the American Enterprise Institute …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Cheney Lost to Bush  —  President Obama and Dick Cheney conspired on Thursday to propagate a myth.  The myth is that we lived through an eight-year period of Bush-Cheney anti-terror policy and now we have entered a very different period called the Obama-Biden anti-terror policy.
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Rivals may back Obama & #160;on Gitmo
Discussion: The Swamp and The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Reporter Protects Cheney, Accuses Gibbs Of Taking “Swipe”  —  One of the odder things we've seen from some members of the White House press corps this year is a kind of zealous over-protectiveness of the previous administration — Dick Cheney, in particular.
Anne Reynolds / NBC Washington:
Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers?  —  Kids locked out of White House; officials say they were too late  —  Thursday was supposed to be the highlight of the year for more than 100 kindergarteners from Stafford County, Va. They got up early and took a chartered bus to the White House for a school field trip.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Guns at the White House?
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Some GOP-ers step away from Cheney  —  Dick Cheney's full-throated attack on the Obama administration has left congressional Republicans with a tricky decision: Do they embrace his critiques, even if it means aligning themselves with the most polarizing figure from the still-unpopular Bush administration?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
The Huffington Post:
GOP Wants More Help From Cheney
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 …
Associated Press:
Bush: It's ‘liberating’ to be out of office  —  He gets warm welcome from group of graduating N.M. high school students  —  ARTESIA, N.M. - It was a humbling moment for the former commander in chief: President George W. Bush was walking former first dog Barney in his new Dallas neighborhood …
Dan Froomkin /
Establishing the connection between the Bush White House and Abu Ghraib  —  Denying that White House policy was directly responsible for the vile abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been the central goal of a five-year disinformation campaign by Bush officials.
Washington Post:
Creigh Deeds for Democratic Candidate for Va. Governor  —  WHO IS the best candidate for Northern Virginia?  Judge by appearances and there are two obvious possibilities in the Democratic primary for governor: Brian Moran, the former Alexandria prosecutor who served a dozen years in the House of Delegates …
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Citizen Spies Lift North Korea's Veil  —  With Sleuthing and Satellite Images, Mr. Melvin Fills the Blanks on a Secretive Nation's Map  —  SEOUL — In the propaganda blitz that followed North Korea's missile launch last month, the country's state media released photos of leader Kim Jong Il visiting …
Discussion: Reason
Bruce Finley / Denver Post:
Supermax too full for Guantanamo detainees  —  Moving any large number of terror detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Colorado's Supermax would require either shuffling current residents out of the Florence prison or expanding its capacity and resolving a long-running battle over adequate prison staffing.
Yossi Melman / Haaretz:
Yossi Melman / Obama quashed Israel military option against Iran  —  Israel's military option against Iran has died.  The death warrant was issued courtesy of the new U.S. administration led by Barack Obama.  —  All the administration's senior officials, from the president to his vice president …
Discussion: Wonk Room, Taylor Marsh and Mondoweiss
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
OBAMA TO APOLOGIZE TO GERMANY FOR WWII?  —  The latest inconceivable Obamaction is yet another unbecoming apology in Europe, this time in Germany for WWII.  John Rosenthal suggests, “As bizarre as it may seem, President Obama's impending trip to Dresden suggests that German revisionists have a friend in the White House”.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Babalú Blog
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Animatronic Obama Going to Disney World With High-Tech Style  —  LOS ANGELES — Barack Obama was standing on a riser inside a warehouse here, delivering an inspirational speech about the blessings of freedom, when his left index finger began to twitch uncontrollably, unnerving his aides.
Discussion: The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Recession Turns Malls Into Ghost Towns  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Malls, those ubiquitous shopping meccas that sprang up in the 1950s, are dwindling in number, with many struggling properties reduced to largely vacant shells.  —  On the low-income east side of Charlotte, N.C. …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Facts and myths about Obama's preventive detention proposal  —  (updated below)  —  In the wake of Obama's speech yesterday, there are vast numbers of new converts who now support indefinite “preventive detention.”  It thus seems constructive to have as dispassionate and fact-based discussion …
George Rush / NY Daily News:
Rush: Love tangle for Citigroup exec  —  It's no secret that Citigroup board Chairman Richard Parsons has been working for months to repair the financial giant.  —  But, until now, even his closest associates didn't know he also was wrestling with a personal crisis - how to tell his wife …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gothamist
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blue Double Cross  —  That didn't take long.  Less than two weeks have passed since much of the medical-industrial complex made a big show of working with President Obama on health care reform — and the double-crossing is already well under way.  Indeed, it's now clear that even as they met …
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
In Bronx Bomb Case, Steps and Missteps Alike Caught on Tape  —  They were four ex-convicts — one a crack addict, another whose most recent arrest involved snatching purses — and they gathered their terror tools as they went.  —  They bought cellphones, the authorities said …
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 …
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
“I don't know why your husband doesn't put a gun to his temple.”  —  En route to pick up a tux for a wedding I'm attending this weekend, I flipped on the radio in my mother's car, found it tuned to the AM dial, and heard a host so petulant that he is an outlier even on talk radio.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Neoliberalism is Alive, Alive!  —  The Chrysler Bailout is “capitalism at work,” writes private equity macher Scott Sperling in the WSJ.  Here are some of the more questionable sentences in his essay: … The cuts current union members were forced to accept were not impressive.
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
L.A. police union wants San Diego newspaper writers fired  —  The union representing Los Angeles police officers is pressuring the owner of San Diego's main newspaper to change the paper's editorial stance on labor issues or to fire its editorial writers.  —  The feud is rooted …
Discussion: Romenesko
Los Angeles Times:
Poor would be hard hit by proposed California budget cuts  —  The governor suggests dismantling welfare programs for families and ending CalGrants for college students.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — With deficit forecasts growing darker by the day, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering …
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 …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama Curtails Bush Policy That Let Federal Rules Override State Laws
Steve Kingstone / BBC:
Spain's celebrated ‘blogger granny’ dies at the age of 97
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