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12:45 PM ET, April 2, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Yoo's war crimes  —  Yet again, the ACLU has performed the function which Congress and the media are intended to perform but do not.  As the result of a FOIA lawsuit the ACLU filed and then prosecuted for several years, numerous documents relating to the Bush administration's torture regime …
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Phillippe Sands / Vanity Fair:
The Green Light  —  As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn't talk, the Bush administration's highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army's own Field Manual.
Discussion: The Swamp and Swampland
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Green Light  —  Yesterday the public finally got to see the full text of an infamous Department of Justice memorandum from March 2003 designed to authorize torture.  I will have some more comments on this odious document authored by John Yoo, a man who (amazingly) teaches at a prominent law school.
San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  Bill Clinton's tirade stunned some delegates  —  The Bill Clinton who met privately with California's superdelegates at last weekend's state convention was a far cry from the congenial former president who afterward publicly urged fellow Democrats to “chill out” …
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Has Yet to Win Over Key Conservatives  —  On the campaign trail last week, Sen. John McCain declared at least three times that the Republican Party is “united.”  —  But is it?  —  Some prominent conservatives say they remain disenchanted with the party's likely nominee.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain won't fight platform on abortion, gays  —  SANTA ANNA PUEBLO, N.M.— Advisers to Sen. John McCain's presidential bid say he will not try to “soften” the Republican party's platform on abortion and same-sex marriage to appeal to more voters.  —  McCain associates told The Washington Times …
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins Backing of 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the endorsement of one of his party's top foreign policy figures, Lee Hamilton, who hails from Indiana, home to one of the next crucial primary votes.
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Turner: Global Warming Will Cause Mass Cannibalism, Insurgents Are Patriots  —  Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming “will be catastrophic” and those who don't die “will be cannibals.”
John A. Nagl / New York Times:
A Battalion's Worth of Good Ideas  —  THE “surge” of American forces in Iraq, coupled with an adherence to classic counterinsurgency principles, has gone a long way toward improving security there.  Ultimately, though, success must be handled by the Iraqis themselves.
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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.
Jacqueline Lee / Des Moines Register:
Pizza driver: ‘There was no way out’  —  A Des Moines pizza driver who was suspended from his job after he shot an armed robber said today he has been overwhelmed by support from people who cheered what happened.  —  “But no one had contacted me directly about a job offer,” …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Hillary Waltz  —  Democrats getting jittery about the alienating effects of the endless soap opera they call their campaign should buck up.  These “hand-wringers,” as the Hillary strategist Harold Ickes calls them, are not seeing the larger picture.  —  Hillary is cruelly misunderstood …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's Abortion Extremism  —  Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.'s endorsement of Barack Obama last week — “I believe in this guy like I've never believed in a candidate in my life” — recalled another dramatic moment in Democratic politics.  In the summer of 1992, as Bill Clinton solidified his control …
Washington Post:
Obama Changes Approach to Reach Blue-Collar Voters in Pennsylvania  —  WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — When Sen. Barack Obama's bus rolls to a stop Wednesday in Philadelphia, he will have spent six days on the road and $3 million in television ads trying to bolster his chances in a state where polls show …
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Suzanne Malveaux / CNN:
Clinton, Obama take on big oil
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 …
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama, Clinton Leverage Different Groups vs. McCain
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Randi Kaye / CNN:
Wal-Mart: Brain-damaged former employee can keep money
Matthew Yglesias:
Today's Transit Fact
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Time:
Obama Keeps Cash Lead Over Clinton
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Rove on Hillary Clinton
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama takes the lead in Pennsylvania
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Centers Tap Into Personal Databases
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Marc Ambinder:
DCI Group Founder Is Tapped For McCain Campaign Position
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Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
One Story, Two Comments  —  Here's a revealing story …
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
A ‘Death’ Is Noticed  —  An “in memoriam” ad about a former U …
Discussion: On Deadline and Romenesko
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama readies plan to reshape the electorate
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