The Day In Politics, 5/20

Today we learned that, according to a federal judge, the government can't use "substantial support" to justify detention; President Obama broadcasted a White House meeting live; a hard drive containing sensitive information has gone missing from the National Archives; a new TV ad compares Obama to JFK; Newt Gingrich says Democrats should oust Nancy Pelosi; and Obama has rebuked his predecessor's doctrine of preempting state laws.

We also considered the journalistic prowess of C.J. Chivers; the Obama-rolled-by-his-generals meme; Obama's economic management structure; what Obama might say in his national security speech tomorrow; the administration's Senate setback on closing Guantanamo; and the business of getting business to support cap-and-trade.

Tomorrow: Obama outlines his national security policy in a speech at the National Archives; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen testifies on Afghanistan/Pakistan strategy before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; the Senate Intelligence Committee considers the nominees for general counsel of the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the House Energy Committee continues to mark up its energy legislation.

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