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4:00 PM ET, May 23, 2009


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Taylor Marsh:
RNC Tags Pelosi ‘Pussy Galore’ in Video  —  At the end it says “Democrats Galore.”  Imposed with a naked woman behind the tag line.  Get it?  Subtle it is not.  But check out the video at around :40 seconds; a split screen that says it all.  “Pussy Galore” is shown with “Starring Nancy Pelosi the Speaker” over “Pussy's” image.
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Drudge Report:
'WE'RE OUT OF MONEY'  —  In a sobering holiday interview with C-SPAN, President Obama boldly told Americans: “We are out of money.”  —  C-SPAN host Steve Scully broke from a meek Washington press corps with probing questions for the new president.  —  SCULLY: You know the numbers …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN ALTERNATIVE MOTIVATION.... So, why has Dick Cheney been so desperate to hit the airwaves as part of his crusade against the White House?  Explanations differ, but his desire to sell a memoir to publishers might have at least something to do with his efforts.
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Washington Post:
In TV Appearance, Powell Plans To Answer Right-Wing Critics  —  Under intense fire from the right, former secretary of state Colin L. Powell is preparing to answer his Republican critics this weekend in a television appearance that is likely to add fuel to his long-standing feud with top conservatives in his party.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Says Court Choice Is Coming Soon  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama, who has often cited intellect and empathy as qualities he wants in a Supreme Court nominee, said in a television interview broadcast on Saturday that he is also looking for “somebody who has common sense and somebody …
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
After Many Firsts, Judge Has Talent for Persuasion
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Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
California Supreme Court to rule on Proposition 8 Tuesday
Washington Post:
After Reviewing CIA Records, Lawmakers Still Divided on Interrogation Briefings  —  Lawmakers Divided After Reviewing CIA's Notes on Pelosi Session  —  Sequestered in rooms buried deep within the Capitol and requiring top-secret clearances to enter, members of the House and Senate intelligence committees …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Rove: Legal ‘Mess’ at Guantanamo Is Obama Administration's Fault  —  In his national security speech Thursday, President Obama addressed the controversy being stirred by conservatives over his decision to close Guantanamo.  Obama forcefully said that he inherited a legal “mess” that has consumed his administration's time and energy:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
From Olbermann  —  This out from MSNBC ...  If you haven't seen the Mancow waterboarding, you can see the full video here.  It's powerful on a number of different levels.  —  The upshot is that the guy goes into it in cocky Hannity mode and then after maybe 5 or 6 seconds he struggles …
James Fallows:
More on Google, Craigslist, and who's killing newspapers  —  A few hours ago I mentioned that a friend from Google had tipped me to a new Pew study showing how big a hole Craigslist (and similar services) had blown in the classified-ad portion of newspaper revenue.
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Debbie Schlussel:
Can't Wait for This: New Animated ABC Mike Judge Series Mocks Liberal Enviro-Crazies  —  Yeah, you're probably thinking about the long holiday weekend and don't want to focus on next week.  —  But I recommend you keep your calendar open for Wednesday Night, when at 9:00 p.m., ABC debuts “The Goode Family.”
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Unemployment rate down in 21 states
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