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11:25 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.”
Andie Coller / The Politico:
GOP Rep. rips ‘reprehensible’ video  —  At least one Republican doesn't think it's OK to compare Nancy Pelosi to Pussy Galore.  —  After viewing an RNC video that juxtaposed the speaker with the James Bond villainess, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told POLITICO Saturday:
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Distortion and Hypocrisy Galore  —  The latest internet outrage-bubble started with a post at Politico titled RNC's below-the-belt shot at Nancy Pelosi, regarding a Republican National Committee YouTube video about Nancy Pelosi.  I agree with AllahPundit that the RNC should not have produced the video …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The obligatory “RNC takes cheap shot at Pelosi” clip  —  I would have posted this sooner but I ended up locked in a two-hour Twitter battle over it, the highlight of which was my being compared to a hypothetical German in the early years of the Third Reich who refused to go jumping to conclusions about Hitler.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
RNC Likens Nancy Pelosi To Pussy Galore  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOADS: (271)  —  PLAYS: (1005)  —  Boy, you stay classy, RNC.  We already noticed the assassination fantasy at play in the RNC's new ad attacking Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Darleen / protein wisdom:
Weekend giggle: Pussy hysteria [Darleen Click] UPDATED x2  —  The RNC uses images and audio from 1964's Goldfinger, where not only Bond but the CIA gets to play, to tweak Liar Pelosi and Hapless Gibbs.  For a brief 3 seconds (at .40) SanFranGran is shown side-by-side with Bond villainess, Pussy Galore, and all kerfuffle breaks loose.
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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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Some Obama Enemies Are Made Totally of Straw  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats often complained about President George W. Bush's frequent use of a rhetorical device as old as rhetoric itself: creating the illusion of refuting an opponent's argument by mischaracterizing it and then knocking down that mischaracterization.
New York Times:
U.S. Relies More on Allies in Questioning Terror Suspects  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain all but the highest-level terrorist suspects seized outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan …
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Cheney's assertions of lives saved is hard to prove  —  Arguing against Obama's policies, he says that the Bush administration's approach to terrorism spared ‘perhaps hundreds of thousands.’ Experts say no evidence of that has emerged.  —  Reporting from Washington — In the bitter debate …
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.
China bridge jumper pushed over the edge by passer-by  —  A man threatening to commit suicide by jumping from a Chinese bridge was approached by a passer-by who shoved him over the edge, local media say.  —  Lai Jiansheng, 66, said he was fed up with the desperate man's “selfish activity” …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Talk About Buried Ledes  —  The Washington Post runs a “recollections differ” sort of story on the CIA interrogation briefings.  But eighteen graphs down is this nugget: … Well, that seems awful important, doesn't it?  We have not just one but two witnesses saying that of course …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
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James Fallows:
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
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