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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Blumenthal's Words Differ From His History  —  At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.  —  Multimedia  —  Enlarge This Image
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Democratic Senate candidate lied about serving in Vietnam; Update: Blumenthal responds, sort of  —  Not just any Democratic Senate candidate, either.  It's Richard Blumenthal, current attorney general of Connecticut, whom Chris Dodd made way for by retiring earlier this year.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Blumenthal Responds To Vietnam Allegations  —  Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal is denying a New York Times report that he routinely lied about his service in Vietnam.  —  “The New York Times story is an outrageous distortion of Dick Blumenthal's record of service,” …
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Lieberman undecided on whether to back Republican or Dem in Senate race  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is undecided on whom to endorse in his state's Senate race — and he has good relationships with the major candidates on both sides of the aisle.  —  Lieberman's support is a grand prize …
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Richard Blumenthal's Bogus War Record  —  As a Connecticut native, let me emphasize what a shock it is that, per this bombshell New York Times story, longtime Attorney General Richard Blumenthal—the presumed Democratic Senate nominee and presumed successor to Chris Dodd …
Discussion: Marbury
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Vietnam allegations threaten frontrunning Blumenthal in CT-Senate
Benjamin Joffe-Walt / Jerusalem Post:
Saudi woman beats up virtue cop  —  Incident follows a wave of challenges to religious authorities.  —  Talkbacks (16)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel  —  Middle East
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Chip Reid / CBS News:
Press Freedom, Sure.  But No Questions.  —  There was some rich irony at the White House today — President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.  —  The new law expands the State Department's annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country.
The Politico:
Obama steers clear of shaky Specter  —  President Barack Obama says he loves Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) — just not quite enough to hazard an 11th-hour political trip to Pennsylvania for an ally of convenience increasingly viewed as unlikely to win.  —  Just last year, the White House …
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Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
No, You Can't Keep Your Health Plan  —  Insurers and doctors are already consolidating their businesses in the wake of ObamaCare's passage.  —  President Obama guaranteed Americans that after health reform became law they could keep their insurance plans and their doctors.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Todd Ackerman / Houston Chronicle:   Texas doctors fleeing Medicare in droves
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Bars Life Terms for Youths Who Haven't Killed  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that juveniles who commit crimes in which no one is killed may not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  —  Five justices, in an opinion by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy …
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J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Danny Tarkanian: Sue Lowden breaking campaign law by accepting donated RV  —  Sue Lowden, a leading contender to be the Republican nominee in the race to unseat Sen. Harry Reid, is being accused by a chief competitor of breaking campaign finance law for accepting a luxury campaign bus as a campaign contribution.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   First They Came for the Chickens  —  It sounds like our pal Sue Lowden …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats prepare to pass war funding bill without Republican support  —  House Democrats are preparing to pass an Afghanistan war-spending bill on a party-line vote as Republicans balk at extra provisions the White House wants in the measure.  —  Passing such a spending bill through …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Suicide Car Bomber Hits U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A man driving a Toyota minivan laden with explosives steered into an American convoy on Tuesday morning, killing 18 people, including 5 American troops, and 12 civilians caught in rush hour traffic in the Afghan capital.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Is it time to blow up the leaking Gulf oil well?  BP doing its best to keep that option under wraps  —  Shepard Smith had a fascinating segment on the catastrophic Gulf oil spill today, featuring an interview with a former nuclear-sub captain who argued persuasively that it was time …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Muslims in NYC Planning to Build Second, Smaller Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  As controversy surrounds the construction of a 13-story mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero, FOX News has learned that an effort to place a second mosque close to the hallowed site in New York City is in its advanced stages.
Fox News:
Rev. Wright: ‘Obama Threw Me Under the Bus’  —  NEW YORK — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is “toxic” to the Obama administration and that the president “threw me under the bus.”
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
More Muslims In Bikinis Please — UPDATED  —  Did the new Miss USA from “Dearbornistan” win because of politics?  I don't really care.  Have you seen the pictures?  —  If you haven't.  Check her out.  She's gorgeous.  And she's not wearing a burqa.  —  She's in a bikini.  And she's not wearing a burqa.
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Obama Needs to ‘Nationalize’ Oil Industry!  —  Last week an agitated Chris Matthews tried to hold Dick Cheney accountable for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and this week Matthews is demanding action from President Obama, as the Hardball host pushed the President to nationalize the oil industry to solve the problem.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Moonbattery
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Why are white people five times richer?  —  • Study finds gaping racial divide in household assets  —  • Economic policies blamed for growing inequality  —  A huge wealth gap has opened up between black and white people in the US over the past quarter of a century …
Discussion: Truthdig
nber.org:
Joblessness and Perceptions about the Effectiveness of Democracy  —  Duha Tore Altindag, Naci H. Mocan  —  NBER Working Paper No. 15994*  —  NBER Program(s): HE LE  —  The NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health provides summaries of publications like this.
John Byrne / Raw Story:
What spill?  Rig owner approves $1 billion dividend to shareholders  —  Five days after appearing before Congress to testify about its responsibility in one of the worst oil spills in US history, the Swiss company that owned and operated the oil rig that sunk into the Gulf of Mexico announced …
Discussion: Think Progress and Balloon Juice
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The President & Vice President's Financial Disclosure Forms  —  Today, the President and Vice President released their 2009 financial disclosure reports.  —  The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Fans asked to remove pro-Arizona immigration law shirts during NBA game  —  Two fans at a Phoenix Suns basketball game were ejected from their first row seats and removed from the arena last week after refusing orders from security guards to take off their shirts in support of Arizona's recently passed law against illegal immigration.
entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com:
Woody Allen says President Obama should be granted dictatorial powers (seriously)  —  Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn.  (AP)  —  Woody Allen has a strange take on the democracy that allowed him to become rich and famous.  —  The “Scoop” director said it would be a cool idea …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
2010: Warmest year on record  —  Two separate sources of temperature data - the National Climatic Data Center and NASA - report that, through April, 2010 is the warmest year ever recorded.  —  The climate center (NCDC) reports that the Earth's combined land and ocean average surface temperature …
 
 
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