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4:15 PM ET, May 24, 2009


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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.
Rogene Fisher / New York Times:
Powell Still a Republican, Despite Party Differences  —  Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell affirmed on Sunday that he remains a Republican while asserting that his party should become more inclusive.  He also rebuffed his party's relentless criticism of President Obama's decision …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele critics: RNC chair finding mojo  —  Not so long ago, after Michael Steele's rocky start as Republican National Committee chairman, there were rumors of impending coups and evidence of deep dissatisfaction within the GOP ranks.  —  But after a shaky debut marked by a series of gaffes …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, PoliGazette and MyDD
Michael Goodwin / Fox News:   Powell Defends GOP Credentials, Calls for More Inclusive Party
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Durbin Calls On Gingrich To Apologize For Attacking The CIA In 2007  —  Last week, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to resign her current position as Speaker.  He said that she “disqualified herself” over her comments that the CIA was “misleading” Congress.
Discussion: Doug Ross
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.
May 24: Durbin, Gingrich, political roundtable
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Military Chief: Gitmo ‘Needs to Be Closed’  —  President Barack Obama's top military adviser said the Pentagon is working to meet the president's deadline of closing Guantanamo Bay by January 2010.  —  “I've advocated for a long time now that it needs to be closed,” Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman …
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 …
Louise Armitstead / Telegraph:
British banks revolt against Obama tax plan  —  British banks and stockbrokers may refuse to take on American clients if new international tax proposals outlined by President Obama are passed.  —  The decision, which would make it hard for Americans in London to open bank accounts and trade shares …
Matthew Alexander / The Huffington Post:
Former Senior Interrogator in Iraq Dissects Cheney's Lies and Distortions  —  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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How Much Do Safe Havens Matter?  —  I'm still trying to decide what I think about this question.  But given how much strategic focus we're giving to Afghanistan, I'm confident we haven't given the question enough collective thought.  Matt Yglesias had a post a couple months ago asking a basic question …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Senate GOP: Not so fast on Court pick  —  Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are resisting President Barack Obama's call for a swift confirmation of his choice for Supreme Court, opening a rift between the parties even before the nominee has even been named.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Nuance Is Fine Until It's a Flip-Flop
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Decline of the Blue-Collar Man
Discussion: Lance Mannion
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Federal Judge Spotlights Misconduct by Federal Prosecutors in Siegelman Case
Frank Rich / New York Times:
La Cage aux Democrats
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Ariel Leve / Times of London:
FBI ‘lured dimwits’ into terror plot
Discussion: WXXA-TV, CANNONFIRE and TalkLeft
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
Al Qaeda recruits back in Europe, but why?
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings