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3:15 PM ET, May 23, 2009


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Andie Coller / The Politico:
RNC's below-the-belt shot at Pelosi  —  She's the 69-year-old speaker of the House of Representatives, second in the line of succession and the most powerful woman in U.S. history.  —  But when you see Nancy Pelosi, the Republican National Committee wants you to think “Pussy Galore.”
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
Discussion: the joshua blog
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
After Many Firsts, Judge Has Talent for Persuasion  —  ATLANTA — Many things about Leah Ward Sears impressed Andrew Young, the civil rights leader who, as mayor of Atlanta, appointed her to her first judicial post at age 27.  Not least was the fact that she had been the first black cheerleader at Savannah High School.
Discussion: The Politico
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
California Supreme Court to rule on Proposition 8 Tuesday
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Commencement address  —  I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address the graduates of the Boston College Law School today.  I realized with some chagrin that this is the third year in a row that I have given a commencement address here in the First Federal Reserve District …
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.”
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
VIDEO: Obama honors Memorial Day  —  President Barack Obama called on the nation “to pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and to remember the servicemen and women who cannot be with us this year because they are standing post far from home - in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.”
Discussion: The Swamp
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Matthew B. Crawford / New York Times:
The Case for Working With Your Hands
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Founding Bloggers:
YouTube Has Restored Our CNN Clip And The 3000+ Comments!!!
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Dan Milmo / Guardian:
British Airways ditches first class in new planes as austerity bites
Discussion: Boing Boing and AMERICAblog News
William Glaberson / New York Times:
President's Detention Plan Tests American Legal Tradition
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and TalkLeft
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Big Tobacco Loses in Appeals Court
Associated Press:
Text of Cheney's speech on national security
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ka-blam! Obama gives Biden new White House duty: arms deliverer
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Moe Lane
New York Post:
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Tami Luhby /
Unemployment rate down in 21 states
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Should Defaulters Feel Bad?
Discussion: PoliGazette