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Jeff Stein / CQ Politics:
Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC  —  Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage …
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Ron Kampeas / blogs.jta.org:
Why the Harman leaks smell to high heaven  —  I just posted a brief picking up this CQ Politics story by Jeff Stein, re-raising allegations that U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) attempted to intervene on behalf of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, the two former AIPAC staffers charged …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Surveillance and Political Corruption  —  Lord knows I'm not a big AIPAC fan, but the fact of the matter has always been that the AIPAC spy case, though a fun black eye for a nasty operation, has been pretty fishy as a legal matter.  And along those lines, the premises under …
Discussion: Eschaton
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More on that “Suspected Israeli Agent”  —  Let me follow up on my earlier post which asked just who that “suspected Israeli agent” was who Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) was talking to.  Some quick TPM staff research shows that the original Time article on this story from 2006 identified Harman's interlocutor as Haim Saban.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Walking and Chewing Gum
Associated Press:
Delegates walk out on Ahmadinejad at Geneva  —  Article's topics: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Durban 2  —  As Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the eradication of Israel in his address to the United Nations anti-racism conference which  —  opened its week long event in Geneva on Monday …
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Times of London:
Walkout at UN conference after Iran president calls Israel ‘racist’  —  British delegates joined a dramatic diplomatic walkout today when President Ahmadinejad of Iran told a major UN conference against racism that the state of Israel had been founded “on the pretext of Jewish suffering” during the Second World War.
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Barack Obama's Quick Foreign Policy Fixes Run Into Stubborn World Problems  —  New American presidents typically begin by behaving as if most of the world's problems are the fault of their predecessors — and Barack Obama has been no exception.  In his first three months he has quickly taken steps …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Al-Qaeda Pushing Back on New, More Popular American Leadership
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama gores foreign policy ox … WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has gone abroad and gored an ox—the deeply held belief that the United States does not make mistakes in dealings with either friends or foes.  —  And in the process, he's taking a huge gamble both at home and abroad …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
McCain Reacts To KSM Being Waterboarded 183 Times: ‘One Is Too Much.  Waterboarding Is Torture’  —  This morning on Fox News, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responded to the startling information — first noted by blogger Marcy Wheeler — that detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Across The Divide  —  On Fox News, waterboarding someone 183 times …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama to Order Cabinet to Quickly Cut $100 Million From Department Budgets  —  President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official.
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Ann Arbor / MLive.com:
based law center sues Homeland Security over ‘right-wing extremism’ issue  —  The Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center says it has filed a federal lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  —  The non-profit law firm said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's …
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Real Clear Politics:
Interview with Janet Napolitano; Sens. Klobuchar and Ensign
A.C. Kleinheider / Nashville City Paper:
Post Politics: The Tea Party revolution will likely be betrayed  —  While many on the Right are energized by the level of engagement on display by grassroots libertarians and conservatives in last week's “Tea Party” protests, conservatives should fight the urge to get too excited …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Rasmussen Reports:
51% View Tea Parties Favorably, Political Class Strongly Disagrees  —  Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans have a favorable view of the “tea parties” held nationwide last week, including 32% who say their view of the events is Very favorable.  —  Thirty-three percent (33%) …
Matthew Wagner / Jerusalem Post:
NU's Katz reminds Emanuel he's Jewish  —  Article's topics: Ya'acov Katz, Rahm Emanuel, King Ahashverosh  —  National Union chairman Ya'acov “Ketzele” Katz sent a letter to White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel last week admonishing him not to forget his Jewish and Israeli origins.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Axelrod Inner Circle  —  White House senior adviser David Axelrod.  AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais  —  David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and perhaps the political person closest to the former Illinois Senator, makes a somewhat unlikely presence in the White House.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The New Republic:
Truth and Reconciliation  —  Are Democrats making an egregious power grab by sidestepping the filibuster?  Hardly.  —  'Reconciliation" means “restoration of harmony.  ” But as a term of art in budgeting, it has become an act of war.  President Obama and most Democrats in Congress hope …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Brendan Nyhan
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Karl Rove, Twitter Creep  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Meghan McCain says we need to take back Twitter from the creepy people—like Karl Rove, “America's Toughest Sheriff,” and the other undesirables who now follow her every Tweet.  —  Karl Rove follows me on Twitter.  That's creepy.
Discussion: Wonkette and Raw Story
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
A Blast, an Ambush and a Sprint Out of a Taliban Kill Zone  —  ALIABAD, Afghanistan — The two Army lieutenants crouched against boulders beside the Korangal River.  Taliban gunfire poured down from villages and cliffs above, hitting tree branches and rocks and snapping as the bullets passed over the officers' helmets.
 
 
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