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8:20 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.”
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.
Darleen / protein wisdom:
Weekend giggle: Pussy hysteria [Darleen Click] UPDATED  —  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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Sees Road to Revival Starting at Guantanamo  —  Fights Over Prison Closure, Transfer and Treatment of Detainees Gives Republicans Momentum for First Time Since Election  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans have been able to drive the Washington agenda for the first time in months …
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.
Tallahassee Democrat:
Candidate lockout  —  Crist's backing by national GOP is a disservice  —  For a generation, one of the defining tenets of the Republican Party has been that Washington should interfere as little as possible in local affairs.  —  The idea that government closest to the people knows what's best …
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
William Glaberson / New York Times:
President's Detention Plan Tests American Legal Tradition
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.
Discussion: CNET News
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Says Supreme 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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