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I know you’re shocked but Nancy Pelosi lied about her 2002 CIA briefing on interrogation. Perhaps she should offer an explanation for years of misleading the public and her colleagues.

You knew this was coming from Rick Santorum: “Sen. Arlen Specter said after his switch to the Democratic Party last week that he would not be a “party-line voter” or “an automatic 60th vote” to head off a Republican filibuster. He put an exclamation point on those pronouncements by voting against President Obama’s $3.5 trillion budget.I know Arlen Specter. Arlen is a friend of mine. And I believe him when he says he will be as much of a pain to Democratic leaders as he was to Republican leaders.”

Pennsylvania Democratic activists aren’t impressed by Specter.

About time: “The chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York resigned Thursday, days after coming under attack for his continuing involvement in a company regulated by the institution. Stephen Friedman received a waiver to remain on the board of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street firm that became a bank holding company amid September’s financial frenzy, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. He also holds a substantial amount of shares in the company and continued to buy more even after Goldman came under the Fed’s supervision.” How did this ever happen? Perhaps the Fed should regulate itself before trying to run the whole economy.

Jeffrey Rosen reels in (just a bit) his criticism of Sonia Sotomayer: “Sotomayor is an able candidate–at least as able as some of the current Supreme Court justices–and if Obama is convinced she is the best candidate on his short list, he should pick her.”

The upshot of this New York Times column: the president should replace Souter with someone with a personality and the ability to write. Well, Obama did promise change.

And Jan Crawford Greenburg confirms that the White House is aware of Sotomayer’s intellectual and temperamental shortcomings. But Rahm Emanuel wants her anyway.

Tom Ridge is keeping his ballot secret and his mind open on a GOP Senate candidate in Pennsylvania. This suggests the field is not yet set.

Best headline yet: “Specter Clouseau.”

Professor Bradley Smith: ” ‘Empathy’  is not judging, and it is not law.” Well,  at least not until the Obama Supreme Court nominee is confirmed.

The best kept secret in Washington? Sens. Burr and Coburn have an attractive free-market alternative to healthcare.

Who’s in worse shape than the GOP? The MSM says Dana Perino: “The media plays a critical role in our political system, and I hope it finds its way out of its wilderness before too long. But unlike the Republican party, which is working together to emerge as a stronger party, there are days when it’s really hard to see how the media plan to get themselves out of the mess they’ve helped get themselves into.”

Some of the 9-11 families aren’t pleased at all with Obama’s approach to the war on terror.

A detailed and interesting look at the nuanced messages to Capitol Hill, coming from AIPAC activists.

Perhaps Marty Peretz is right: “I believe that Bibi Netanyahu and Michael Oren are working on a significant package of reciprocal steps that the principals will have to take to get anything going.” If so, that will add some specific context to what is now an extremely oblique dance.



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