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2:05 PM ET, May 24, 2009


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Durbin: ‘supermax’ Gitmo inmates  —  Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant majority leader, said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he would accept Guantanamo detainees in his home state as long as they were held in super-maximum prisons, where inmates are held 23 hours a day in small cells with slits for windows.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Macsmind
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Ridge takes aim at Limbaugh  —  (CNN) — Pennsylvania Republican Tom Ridge is taking direct aim at Rush Limbaugh, telling CNN's John King the conservative talk radio host can be “shrill” and uses language in a way “that offend very many.”  —  “Rush Limbaugh has an audience of 20 million people.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Writers Make News.  Unfortunately.  —  IT has been a busy week or two for the ethics police — those within The Times trying to protect the paper's integrity, and those outside, ready to pounce on transgressions by Times journalists.  —  Thomas Friedman, the star columnist …
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.
Washington Post:
U.S. Presses Israel to End Expansion of Settlements; Bush Pact Complicates Issue  —  Settlement Issue Is Complicated by Bush Agreement  —  The Obama administration is pressing the Israeli government to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas, U.S. and Israeli officials said …
Detroit Free Press:
Watson paid pittance for taxes on ‘nonexistent’ Detroit house  —  Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson paid only $68 in property taxes this year because city records say her well-kept, brick Tudor-style home doesn't exist.  Although the home has occupied its west-side plot since 1926 …
Discussion: Don Surber and The New Editor
Robert J. Samuelson / Newsweek:
Let Them Go Bankrupt, Soon  —  Solving Social Security and Medicare.  —  From the magazine issue dated Jun 1, 2009  —  When the trustees of Social Security and Medicare recently reported on the economic outlook for these programs, the news coverage was universally glum.  The recession had made everything worse.
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
FBI ‘lured dimwits’ into terror plot  —  The arrest of petty crooks over a plan to target Jews has put the use of sting operations under fire  —  ON the steps of New York city hall on Friday, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor, praised the police officers and federal agents who helped disrupt …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, WXXA-TV and TalkLeft
Matthew Alexander / The Huffington Post:
What's Not Said Is More Important Than What Is Said  —  As a senior interrogator in Iraq (and a former criminal investigator), there was a lesson I learned that served me well: there's more to be learned from what someone doesn't say than from what they do say.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Is Silence Consent?  —  WHILE THE United States and Venezuela's neighbors silently stand by, Hugo Chávez's campaign to destroy his remaining domestic opposition continues.  On Thursday night state intelligence police raided the Caracas offices of Guillermo Zuloaga …
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
They May Not Want The Bomb  —  And other unexpected truths. … From the magazine issue dated Jun 1, 2009  —  Everything you know about Iran is wrong, or at least more complicated than you think.  Take the bomb.  The regime wants to be a nuclear power but could well be happy …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Decline of the Blue-Collar Man  —  The economic crisis is hitting hardest at working class jobs, and rates of male unemployment have skyrocketed.  A commonly asked question is how do we retrain them for emerging job opportunities in other sectors.  The Globe and Mail's Margaret Wente suggests …
Discussion: Lance Mannion
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Nuance Is Fine Until It's a Flip-Flop
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Federal Judge Spotlights Misconduct by Federal Prosecutors in Siegelman Case
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Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
Al Qaeda recruits back in Europe, but why?
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings