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1:40 PM ET, December 9, 2007

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Washington Post:
Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002  —  Intelligence Panels' Chiefs Did Not Then Protest CIA Technique  —  In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democratic complicity in Bush's torture regimen  —  The Washington Post reports today that the Bush administration, beginning in 2002, repeatedly briefed leading Congressional Democrats on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees — including, at various times, Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi …
Lambert / Corrente:
We are Democrats.  They are enablers.  — Dem On Dem Violence - Department Of No!  They Would Never To Do That!  - Jane Harman - Jay Rockefeller - Nancy Pelosi - Torture - Waterboarding  —  [Welcome, Eschatonians!  Welcome Attaturk readers.  Welcome, Glenn Greenwald readers.]
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Congress Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002  —  When I first read this report, I admit that I got angry.  Then I got smart.  Look carefully at the names named in this report.  Isn't it interesting that the WaPo reporters made sure to point out the Democrats in attendance when Congress was still operating under a Republican majority?
Discussion: Think Progress and The Sideshow
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pelosi Briefed On Waterboarding In 2002, No Objections  —  The CIA briefed four Congressional leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, on the controversial practice of waterboarding over five years ago.  Not only did no one object to the practice during the September 2002 briefing …
Discussion: Too Sense and Booman Tribune
Josh White / Washington Post:
Justice, CIA Begin Videotape Inquiry
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
DEM RACE TIGHTER THAN EVER; HUCKABEE SURGE CONTINUES  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro  —  If the first round of MSNBC/McClatchy/Mason-Dixon presidential state  —  polls are any indication, we're in for a wild ride these next six weeks.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Michigan Republican Primary
Errin Haines / Associated Press:
Civil Rights Icon Calls Obama Too Young  —  ATLANTA (AP) - Civil rights icon Andrew Young says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is too young and lacks the support network to ascend to the White House.  —  In a media interview posted online, Young also quipped …
Discussion: Don Surber and The American Street
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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Andrew Young says Obama too young for White House
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Saint Barack of Iowa
Discussion: MSNBC and Ben Smith's Blogs
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
The NIE under Middle Eastern Eyes  —  I met Dan Diker on our first evening in Israel this past summer.  He is an officer of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs headed by Dore Gold.  Dan is a foreign and defense policy analyst for the center.  His analysis of the upshot of the NIE …
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Nathan Kay / Daily Mail:
Al Gore is criticised for lining his own pockets after £3,300-per-minute green speech  —  Al Gore has come under fire for making personal gain from his mission to save the planet - after charging £3,300 a minute to deliver a poorly received speech.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
Joe's Crabby Shack:
Firsthand account of the Von Maur shooting  —  The Shack has the privilege of being able to talk with one of the witnesses from the third floor of the Von Maur store at Westroads Mall in Omaha.  —  On the condition of anonymity, he has agreed to tell his account of what happened.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Oprah Winfrey Hits Campaign Trail for Obama  —  When she begins a typical show, seldom does Oprah Winfrey question the power of her brand or wonder aloud about the influence that accompanies her golden seal of approval.  —  But when Ms. Winfrey strode onto a stage here Saturday …
Discussion: NY Daily News, BAGnewsNotes and PrezVid
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Satyam / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Fox News Turned Down Pro-Constitution Ad Because It Was 'Anti-American'  —  The Center for Constitutional Rights recently produced an ad called "Rescue the Constitution" that criticizes the Bush administration for "destroying the Constitution" through the use of tactics like renditions and torture.
Michelle Malkin:
The trial of Bilal Hussein  —  It's Sunday morning in Iraq.  Today is the day our military officials plan to submit evidence against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein to the Iraqi judiciary system.  You'll recall that the military stated last month that it "possesses convincing …
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Oil-Rich Nations Use More Energy, Cutting Exports  —  The economies of many big oil-exporting countries are growing so fast that their need for energy within their borders is crimping how much they can sell abroad, adding new strains to the global oil market.
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Glittering Eye
Associated Press:
Biden wants special counsel in tape case  —  WASHINGTON - A Senate Democratic leader said Sunday the attorney general should appoint a special counsel to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists.  —  Sen. Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
 
 
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