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10:35 AM ET, April 7, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama, the ICRC Report and ongoing suppression  —  (updated below)  —  Following up on the latest extremist Cheney/Addington/Yoo arguments advanced by the Obama DOJ in order to shield Bush lawbreaking from disclosure and judicial review — an episode I wrote about in detail yesterday …
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Washington Post:
Report Calls CIA Detainee Treatment ‘Inhuman’  —  Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Report Outlines Medical Workers' Role in Torture  —  WASHINGTON — Medical personnel were deeply involved in the abusive interrogation of terrorist suspects held overseas by the Central Intelligence Agency, including torture, and their participation was a “gross breach of medical ethics,” …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Hypocritical Oaths
ABCNEWS:
Pilot of Stolen Cessna Wanted U.S. Fighter Jets to Shoot Him Down  —  Trooper Said Yavuz Berke, Now in Custody, Wanted U.S. Military to Kill Him  —  The Canadian man wholed fighter jets on a chase across six states yesterday flew his stolen plane into the U.S. in hopes the military would shoot …
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ABCNEWS:
Stolen Cessna Pursued by Jet Fighters Lands on Highway  —  Pilot Took Off Running After Landing Plane, Officials Say  —  A Cessna stolen from a Canadian flight school landed on a Missouri highway late today, after being pursued for hours across the Midwest by fighter jets ready to shoot it down if it was determined to be a threat.
Robert Imrie / Associated Press:   Man nabbed after plane taken from Canada to Mo.
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Approval Hits New High - 66%  —  CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Most Believe World Leaders Respect President, Though They Maintain U.S. Is Not Respected Overall  —  (CBS) As President Obama concludes his well-publicized trip to Europe, Americans are more positive about the respect accorded …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman-Obama honeymoon stops at missile defense  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) has tried to mend his relationship with President Obama in recent months but their reconciliation hit a snag Monday over ballistic missile defense.  —  Lieberman, the self-described independent Democrat …
Associated Press:
Official: Man freed amid Obama murder ‘hoax’  —  Anonymous e-mail sparked arrest of ‘mentally disturbed’ suspect in Turkey  —  ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish police detained a man after receiving a hoax tip that he was plotting to kill President Barack Obama but quickly released him without charge, a government official said Tuesday.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Reality hits Obama Express  —  President Barack Obama, after a lightning-quick start for his agenda on Capitol Hill, is bracing for a much slower pace and big changes in his proposals as early urgency and excitement give way to the more languid rhythms that are the norm for Congress.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Alex Conant
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Giannoulias raises $1.1 million for Senate bid  —  He's still just at the “exploratory committee” stage, but Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has already raised $1.1 million in the 28 days since he announced he was “exploring” a run for U.S. Senate.  —  He is eyeing the seat formerly held …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and TPMDC
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
President Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq  —  President Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq Tuesday afternoon, landing on Air Force One in Baghdad at 4:42 p.m. local time after concluding an eight-day overseas tour through Europe.  —  The unannounced visit to a war zone was a closely guarded secret …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Public Policy That Makes Test Subjects of Us All  —  Suppose you wanted to test the effects of halving the amount of salt in people's diets.  If you were an academic researcher, you'd have to persuade your institutional review board that you had considered the risks and obtained informed consent from the participants.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rick Warren says he's not an anti-gay-marriage activist  —  Rick Warren was on Larry King and says he is not against gay marriage: … He says he's not interested in Iowa's court ruling that made gay marriage legal.  —  I guess he's trying to get in a mea culpa for the BeliefNet interview …
Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
When it comes to healthcare, the U.S., Britain and Canada are hurting  —  Healthcare in all three countries has the same problem.  They just feel it in different places.  —  When asked by the New England Journal of Medicine to detail his healthcare vision during the campaign …
Discussion: EconLog and Economist's View
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
BEAT SWEETENERS.  —  Matt Yglesias pulls the curtain back a bit on the “beat sweeteners:” … I'm not sure this is quite as calculated as Matt implies.  New administrations tend to spark a lot of positive profiles because new administrations usher in new players whose power merits attention …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Focus on the Family narrator arrested for luring teenage girl for sex on Net  —  A Colorado Springs man who narrates the Bible in Spanish on CDs and works in the Spanish broadcasting department of Focus on the Family appeared in court Monday in Golden on two felony counts of using the Internet …
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Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Fun With Phosphates  —  The blogosphere had a few laughs last week at the expense of RedState head honcho Eric Erickson, who warned that revolution was coming and told residents of Washington state, “I'd be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots …
Washington Post:
Gates Seeks Sharp Turn In Spending  —  Defense Budget Focuses On Lower-Tech Weapons  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates outlined sweeping changes to the defense budget Monday that would shift billions of dollars in Pentagon spending away from elaborate weapons toward programs more likely to benefit troops in today's wars.
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Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Judge: U.S. hid witness' mental illness in Guantanamo cases  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department improperly withheld important psychiatric records of a government witness who was used in a “significant” number of Guantanamo cases, a federal judge has concluded.
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Taleban-style law for women in Afghanistan is dropped after outcry  —  A controversial law condoning marital rape and reintroducing Taleban-era rules for Afghan women has been shelved after an outcry in the West.  —  The Afghan Foreign Ministry said that the law had not been enacted …
Discussion: CNN and Open Left
 
 
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Economy Falling Years Behind Full Speed
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Cantor's strategy: Ambush Democrats
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The Great Repression  —  Amid contending descriptions …
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Political Spines of Steel
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Iowa Senate leader rules out gay marriage debate
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Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Raul Castro meets with 6 visiting US lawmakers
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Bill Whittle / Pajamas Media:
A MESSAGE TO THE RICH  —  The Washington Post ran a column …
Discussion: American Power, Redhot and TigerHawk
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Some Black Observers Urge Tough Scrutiny of Obama
Marisol Bello / USA Today:
Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing
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