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4:55 PM ET, May 14, 2009

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Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Pelosi: CIA Lied to Me  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today accused intelligence officials of giving her “inaccurate and incomplete information” on the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics by the Bush administration …
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Prosecutors to Question Rove on U.S. Attorney Firings  —  Former top White House official Karl Rove will be interviewed tomorrow as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration, according to two sources familiar with the appointment.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Congress and Waterboarding  —  Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to ‘torture.’  —  Someone important appears not to be telling the truth about her knowledge of the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs).  That someone is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pelosi Fuels Fire on Interrogations  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) assertion at a press conference this morning that the Bush administration and the Central Intelligence Agency misled her and the Congress regarding the treatment of suspected terrorists adds further fuel to the fire …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Daily Pundit
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Nancy Pelosi: CIA lied; Boehner: Who?
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Lieberman: ‘I Totally Disagree’ With Pelosi Assertion that CIA Lies
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Michelle Malkin:   Pelosi, the CIA, and the Dems' dangerous blame game
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Cheney Seizes the Spotlight, Many Republicans Wince  —  As vice president, Richard B. Cheney famously spent much of the past eight years in undisclosed locations and offering private advice to President George W. Bush.  But past was not prologue.  —  Today Cheney is the most visible …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain mom takes swipe at Limbaugh  —  (CNN) — The always-outspoken Roberta McCain — mother of Sen. John McCain — took a swipe at Rush Limbaugh Wednesday, saying the popular conservative radio host “does not represent the Republican Party that I belong to”.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Rep. Shadegg Dismisses Rush Limbaugh As Just ‘A Television Personality’
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   A walking gaffe machine in Arkansas
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The Truth About Richard Bruce Cheney  —  This is a guest post exclusive to The Washington Note by Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who is former chief of staff of the Department of State during the term of Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Lawrence Wilkerson is also Pamela Harriman Visiting Professor at the College of William & Mary.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bigger Than the Both of Us
Discussion: The Plum Line, Gawker and TPMMuckraker
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’  —  Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Miss December 2001 decides she can no longer associate with Miss USA pageant  —  Shanna Moakler, whose erstwhile career as a Playboy centerfold has been previously noted here, considers Carrie Prejean a disgrace: … Thank you, Miss December 2001 and divorced mom.
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John Byrne / Raw Story:
Palin: Obama believes same thing as anti-gay beauty queen
Discussion: The Reaction and AMERICAblog News
AnnCoulter.com:
LIBERAL TALIBAN ISSUES FATWA AGAINST MISS CALIFORNIA
Discussion: At-Largely and theblogprof
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Obama Administration's Economic Lawlessness  —  Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones.  And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil — the rule of law.  The Obama administration is bold.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More  —  IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.
Richard Dunham / Texas on the Potomac:
Cornyn's guess?  Hutchison to resign “this fall sometime”  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is the state's junior senator — and he wants to remain the junior senator for a couple more years.  —  But that doesn't seem likely.  Senior Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is preparing to run for governor …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Experts Say Obama May Need to Classify Photos  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's strongest option as it fights to keep hundreds of photographs of prisoner abuse secret may be to classify the photos and claim they are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, experts on government secrecy said on Thursday.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Edwards's Interview Rules: Don't Mention Rielle Hunter by Name  —  Elizabeth Edwards has been willing to talk about most anything in interviews about her new memoir that details her husband John's affair, but only under one condition: Interviewers must agree not to mention the name …
Associated Press:
Specter raises hopes for deal on major labor bill  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter said Thursday the “prospects are pretty good” for a compromise on legislation making it easier for workers to form unions.  —  Specter had come out against the bill in March, disappointing labor leaders.
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Ancient man sculpts a grotesque vision of the female form  —  A grotesque carving in mammoth ivory is arguably the world's oldest depiction of a human figure, scientists say.  —  The distorted sculpture, which portrays a woman with huge breasts, big buttocks and exaggerated genitals, is thought to be at least 35,000 years old.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
nhpr.org:
Governor Lynch's Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Bill  —  By NHPR Staff on Thursday, May 14, 2009.  —  Governor Lynch's full statement on same-sex marriage.  —  “The gay marriage debate in New Hampshire has been filled with passion and emotion on all sides.
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
College grad: 'I wish I'd gone to prison instead'  —  Hernan Castillo is treading water, trying to survive under the weight of $5,200 in credit card debt and $30,000 in student loans.  He's making payments on time, but the Orange County, Calif., resident sees little hope for getting …
Discussion: Associated Press and Joanne Jacobs
Nouriel Roubini / New York Times:
The Almighty Renminbi?  —  THE 19th century was dominated by the British Empire, the 20th century by the United States.  We may now be entering the Asian century, dominated by a rising China and its currency.  While the dollar's status as the major reserve currency will not vanish overnight, we can no longer take it for granted.
 
 
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