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8:55 AM ET, April 2, 2008

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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The March 2003 Yoo Memo Emerges! (not an April Fool's Joke): The Torture Memo to Top All Torture Memos  —  Subhead: The Big Kahuna: The Torture Memo that Makes the August 2002 Memo Look Like Objective and Thoughtful Legal Analysis  —  On Friday, March 13, 2003, Jay Bybee left his office …
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James Oliphant / Baltimore Sun:
JUSTICE INTERROGATION MEMO: CONSTITUTION NOT IN PLAY  —  The Justice Department late Tuesday released a declassified 2003 memorandum long sought by congressional Democrats and other administration critics that outlines the government's legal justification for harsh interrogation techniques used …
Discussion: The Agonist
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Full Employment Memo for Bloggers (and Prosecutors?)  —  I won't have a chance until later this evening or tomorrow to start going through the numerous newsworthy substantive aspects of the Yoo memo.  (Dilan and other commentors are identifying lots of nuggets in the comments section of my previous post.)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emily Bazelon / Convictions:
Yoo's Utter Glib Certainty  —  What takes my breath away about the Yoo memos, now that we can finally read them, is their air of uttery certainty.  One after another, complex questions of constitutional law are dispatched as if there's no cause for any debate.  The president has all the war making power.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Justice Dept Releases John Yoo Torture Memo
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hillary fired for lies, unethical behavior from Congressional job: former boss  —  Dan Calabrese's new column on Hillary Clinton's past may bring the curtain down on her political future.  Calabrese interviewed Jerry Zeifman, the man who served as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during …
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TBogg:
A Vast Right ...No, Left. …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Matt / Think Progress:
CNN catches McCain making contradictory statements about Sadr.  —  In an interview with CNN earlier today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that he has long understood the influence of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: … But in a report on The Situation Room today …
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KNX:   Al-Sadr Statement Urges Iraqis to Unite Against ‘Occupiers’
Zachary Roth / CJR:
The U.S., Iraq, and 100 Years  —  Press needs to call Obama on distortion of McCain's statement  —  Ever since John McCain said at a town hall meeting in January that he could see U.S. troops staying in Iraq for a hundred years, the Democrats have been trying to use the quote to paint the Arizona senator as a dangerous warmonger.
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Richard Florida and The Creative Class Exchange:
The Singles Map  —  This is the new and improved version the singles map published yesterday in the Boston Globe.  —  A Singles Map of the United States  —  Which cities have a surplus of single men (or women) - and what that means for the country  —  By Richard Florida
WKMG-TV:
Passenger At Orlando Airport Had Bomb Materials, Literature In Bag  —  Behavioral Specialists Spot Suspicious Passenger  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — A Jamaican man behavior specialists spotted acting suspiciously was detained and arrested after components used to make pipe bombs …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and GINA COBB
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton pleads for time  —  Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams put out a memo in which she casts the cause of keeping the campaign alive as an issue in and of itself, a kind of voting rights issue.  —  She lists the states yet to vote: … I tend to agree with Steve Benen on this …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Paltry results of Iraqi offensive silence U.S. withdrawal talk  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration was caught off-guard by the first Iraqi-led military offensive since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a weeklong thrust in southern Iraq whose paltry results have silenced talk at the Pentagon …
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Bush Intelligence Failure  —  On Sunday, CIA director Michael Hayden warned on “Meet the Press” that a reconstituting al Qaeda was preparing operatives in Afghanistan who would draw no attention while passing through U.S. airport checkpoints.  —  Exactly how vulnerable are we right now to a significant terrorist attack?
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
No Iraq Intelligence Update For You!
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins Backing of 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won the support of one of his party's top foreign policy figures, Lee Hamilton, a former U.S. House member from Indiana, where an important primary vote occurs May 6.
Fox News:
Report: Non-Muslims Deserve to Be Punished  —  A report posted on Islam Watch, a site run by Muslims who oppose intolerant teachings and hatred for unbelievers, exposes a prominent Islamic cleric and lawyer who support extreme punishment for non-Muslims — including killing and rape.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Pentagon Is Expected to Close Intelligence Unit  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is expected to shut a controversial intelligence office that has drawn fire from lawmakers and civil liberties groups who charge that it was part of an effort by the Defense Department to expand into domestic spying.
Discussion: Emptywheel
 
 
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Harold Ickes Confirms That Wright Is Key Topic In Discussions With Super-Delegates