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5:20 AM ET, April 24, 2009

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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi briefed on waterboarding in '02 [UPDATED]  —  Nancy Pelosi denies knowing U.S. officials used waterboarding — but GOP operatives are pointing to a 2007 Washington Post story which describes an hour-long 2002 briefing in which Pelosi was told about enhanced interrogation techniques in graphic detail.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi: I didn't know about use of waterboarding  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing back on GOP charges that she knew about waterboarding for years and did nothing.  —  Pelosi says she was briefed by Bush administration officials on the legal justification for using waterboarding …
New York Times:
Gonzales Intervened on Lawmaker, Ex-Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency concluded in late 2005 that a conversation picked up on a government wiretap was serious enough to require notifying Congressional leaders that Representative Jane Harman …
Discussion: The Page, Capital J | JTA and SpyTalk
Aryn Baker / Time:
Taliban Advance: Is Pakistan Nearing Collapse?  —  Pakistani police officers in a shrine in Buner, Pakistan, on April 18, 2009  —  The move by Taliban-backed militants into the Buner district of northwestern Pakistan, closer than ever to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad …
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Taliban advance eastward, threaten Islamabad  —  Click map for full view.  Taliban presence, by district and tribal agency, in the Northwest Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies.  Information on Taliban presence obtained from open source and derived …
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Horror: Taliban Behead Pakistani Troops in Swat Video  —  A video which claims to show Taliban troops in Pakistan's Swat valley murdering men accused of being “spies” for the government and the U.S. has emerged.  It's really horrible and the only people who should watch it are Taliban sympathizers.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Summers Caught a-Snoozin'  —  Lawrence Summers, President Obama's chief economics adviser, dozed off during a meeting with credit card executives in the White House today.  —  Americans may be struggling to pay their credit card debt.  But for Larry Summers, President Obama's chief economic adviser, the issue is apparently a snooze.
Discussion: The Page
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Tiger Woods In The White House
Discussion: Wonkette and Top of the Ticket
The Huffington Post:
Lawmakers: Congress Will Investigate Torture, Bipartisan Support In Place  —  The central debate dominating discussions of a possible investigation into torture by the Bush administration seems to have shifted sharply in the past few days: from whether such an investigation should take place, to now what form it will have when it comes.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
A Commission on Enhanced Interrogation? Obama Rebuffs Idea
Discussion: CNN, Wizbang and TPMMuckraker
The Caucus:
Senate Leaders Opposes Interrogation Inquiry Panel
Cliff May / The Corner:
News Bulletin  —  A Corner exclusive: How many times have you read and heard in the mainstream media that terrorists were waterboarded more than 180 times?  It turns out that's not true.  What is?  According to two sources, both of them very well-informed and reliable (but preferring to remain anonymous) …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
King: Torture trial should spark “scorched earth”  —  New York Republican Rep. Peter King thinks his party needs to go nuke if Bush era officials are prosecuted on torture charges.  —  King, the outspoken ranking member of the House homeland security committee, said Republicans should …
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: Poster Girl for Eurofascists  —  Pamela Geller of “Atlas Shrugs” and Paul Belien of “Brussels Journal” have been announced as speakers at a German far right event organized by a group called “Pro Köln” — a successor to the notorious fascist group “Deutsche Liga für Volk und Heimat” …
Discussion: The Other McCain
New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Prepare Filing for Chrysler Bankruptcy  —  By MICHELINE MAYNARD and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  DETROIT — The Treasury Department is preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Chrysler that could come as soon as next week, people with direct knowledge of the action said Thursday.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
RNC bloc wants Dems branded socialists  —  A conservative faction of the Republican National Committee is urging the GOP to take a harder line against both Democrats and wayward Republicans, drafting a resolution to rename the opposition the “Democrat Socialist Party” and moving to rebuke …
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate  —  For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. to Tell Big Banks the Results of Stress Test  —  Wall Street is stressed out about stress tests.  —  After a two-month wait, the nation's 19 largest banks will start learning on Friday how they fared in important federal examinations — and which among them will need another bailout from the government or private investors.
Discussion: The Page and MoJo Blog Posts
Curtis Schick / CapitalNews9:
Sources say Tedisco concession likely  —  A finish line could be in sight in the race for the 20th Congressional District.  With the numbers not looking good for Republican Jim Tedisco, sources tell Capital News 9 that Tedisco could concede to Democrat Scott Murphy as soon as Friday afternoon.
Kate Barrett / The Note:
Meghan McCain to Rove & Cheney: ‘Go Away’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Meghan McCain guest-hosted ABC's “The View” Thursday and brought some blunt advice for Karl Rove and Dick Cheney: “Go away.”  —  “It's very unprecedented for someone like Karl Rove or Dick Cheney to be criticizing the president,” McCain said.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Schmidt compares Obama, Kennedy  —  I quoted McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt just now comparing Obama to Bobby Kennedy.  —  The whole riff was fairly remarkable.  It came in response to a student's question about the youth vote:  —  If you read history about Bobby Kennedy's unfinished race in '68 …
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Yemen Dispute Slows Closing of Guantánamo  —  The Obama administration's effort to return the largest group of Guantánamo detainees to Yemen, their home country, has stalled, creating a major new hurdle for the president's plan to close the prison camp in Cuba by next January, American and Yemeni officials say.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
2012 President Survey  —  Is it too early to poll Barack Obama against potential opponents in 2012?  Sure.  But that doesn't mean people don't find it interesting, and it gives us something to track against moving forward so here goes:  —  On our newest national survey we looked at Obama …
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
Becky Shay / Billings Gazette:
Hardin jail tries for detainees from Gitmo  —  Economic development officials in Hardin are looking at the soon-to-close detention facility in Guantanamo Bay as a possible fix for the jail sitting empty in Hardin.  —  President Barack Obama signed an executive order Jan. 22 to close …
Discussion: Don Surber
Emptywheel:
Liz Cheney: I'm Proud My Daddy Is the Prime Mover of Torture  —  The biggest piece of news from this exchange?  Liz Cheney's assertion that (only) two of the three detainees who were waterboarded (speaking of Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) provided valuable intelligence.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
BREAKING: Randi Rhodes to Return to Talk Radio  —  [Updated with Premiere's official announcement at end of article.]  —  Following a nearly two-month absence from the airwaves, Progressive radio talker Randi Rhodes is set to return, according to an announcement this afternoon from John Scott of San Francisco's Green960 (KKGN).
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder won't selectively release terror memos  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Thursday he won't play “hide and seek” with secret memos about harsh interrogations of terror suspects and their effectiveness.  In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee …
 
 
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Chelsea J. Carter / Associated Press:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
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John McArdle / Roll Call:
Castle More Likely to Run for Senate Than Re-Election
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Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Jail Term to Be Sought in Medical Marijuana Case
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Among the Dictators
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
No Time for Retribution
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Defense Chief Gates Says He Backed Releasing CIA Memos
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Devil in the Details  —  A poll was released today showing …
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems anxious about Af-Pak policy
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