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9:55 PM ET, April 17, 2009


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Chris / TVNewser:
Partied-Out CNN Reporter Takes a Break  —  Two days after Susan Roesgen's much talked-about Chicago Tea Party live shots, we are learning more about what happened off-camera.  —  Sources close to the situation tell TVNewser as Roesgen was reporting her 2pmET live shot for CNN …
John Cook / Gawker:
Fox-Bashing CNN Reporter Applied for a Job at Fox  —  CNN's Susan Roesgen went nuts on the air Wednesday at a Chicago tea party, blaming everything (accurately) on Fox News.  But maybe she was angry because Fox turned her down for a job—twice!  —  Roesgen got snippy with a crazy interviewee …
Fox News:
Attorney: Justice Memos Prove U.S. Did Not Torture  —  Attorney David Rivkin's argument disputes claims that the Department of Justice memos prove the Bush administration violated anti-torture laws.  —  —  At least one high-profile attorney says the declassified Department …
New York Times:
Released Memos Could Lead to More Disclosures
Discussion: Blog of Rights
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
“On a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009.”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The significance of Obama's decision to release the torture memos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bigger Picture  —  It will take some time to absorb the full implications of the ICRC report and the OLC memos.  Right now, many are understandably focused on the legal details, the grotesque specifics of the techniques ("insects", “walling”?), the inconsistencies of the memos …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Accounts of Torture, Abstract and Experienced
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Banality Of Evil, Ctd
Discussion: Think Progress and MoJo Blog Posts
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Happening NOW  —  For those of who you who can't get enough Palin and/or miss Campaign '08, C-SPAN's Howard Mortman sends over this note:  —  At about 1:30 p.m. ET today (Friday, April 17), C-SPAN2 will show A.B. Culvahouse discussing the vetting process for Sarah Palin's selection as John McCain's running mate, plus other issues.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Why McCain-Lieberman wasn't an option (legally speaking)
Discussion: PoliGazette, Salon and Wonkette
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's Palin pick: ‘High risk... reward’
Discussion: The Note
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Fallout: Independents Turned Off, Some GOPers Worried  —  It's been two days now since angry conservatives hosted a series of tea parties across the country, and the fallout has some Republicans nervous.  —  While the anti-tax sentiment of the protests may have been sincere …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
E.P.A. Clears the Way for Regulation of Warming Gases  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that threaten public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that for the first …
News Releases By Date
Discussion: Reuters and The Huffington Post
Amanda Carpenter / The washington times Blogs:
Liberal actress says tea parties were racist  —  Liberal actress and political activist Janeane Garofalo, in all seriousness, said activists who attended tea parties are racists with dysfunctional brains in a recent prime-time television appearance.  —  “Let's be very honest about what this is about.
Max Twain /
One of the most hateful rants in history
Discussion: Political Machine
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rivera: “[T]he grand total of all of the tea party demonstrators" was less than the number “at that immigration rally in 2006 in the city of Chicago alone”  —  I've written this before, but will do so again.  What kind of weird world are we living in that Rivera has become to voice of sanity on FoxNews?
Fox News:
Obama, Chavez Shake Hands at Summit of the Americas  —  Venezuela quoted Chavez as saying, “I'd like to be your friend,” while Obama reportedly expressed thanks, though this couldn't immediately be confirmed with the Obama administration.  —  —  President Obama shook hands …
Discussion: Political Punch and Hot Air
Teddy Davis / The Note:
McCain Guru Urges GOP to Back Gay Marriage  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Former top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt is planning to use a Friday speech to the Log Cabin Republicans to urge the GOP to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage.  —  “I'm confident American public opinion …
John Rogers / Associated Press:
How Barack Obama resurrected The Dead  —  LOS ANGELES - He's still got a little work to do on the economy, but already President Barack Obama has accomplished at least one task that had appeared all but impossible just a year ago: He's put The Dead back on the road.
Bob /
The water cooler is spreading a virus  —  UPDATE: Thanks for stopping by from Instapundit.  Look around.  And please stop by my page on Facebook.  —  Unless you've been living under a rock, two events have leapt into America's consciousness this week.  The first was the Tea Party protests …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Taxes & Tyranny  —  Amidst all of the hooplah, I've heard a lot of complaints from liberals.  Here are the most frequent complaints and my responses.  1. All of this tyranny talk is overheated and idiotic.  Well, some of it surely is.  But look: According to that Reason video I posted below …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Culture Shock  —  What happened when one conservative Web site ventured outside the movement bubble.  —  Last May, Conor Friedersdorf, a twenty-eight-year-old recent graduate of NYU's Journalism School, decided he was going to save conservative journalism.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Major Garrett / Fox News:
Obama Embraces Opening for Talks With Cuba  —  At the Summit of the Americas, President Obama repeated the kind of remarks toward the Castro regime that marked his campaign for the presidency.  —  —  PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — President Obama on Friday embraced …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Associated Press:   Obama ‘seeks a new beginning’ with Cuba, talks
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Turning Tables, U.S. Troops Ambush Taliban With Swift and Lethal Results  —  KORANGAL OUTPOST, Afghanistan — Only the lead insurgents were disciplined as they walked along the ridge.  They moved carefully, with weapons ready and at least five yards between each man, the soldiers who surprised them said.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Rescued Banks Balk at Chrysler Deal  —  Creditors Pushed To Surrender Claims Of Billions  —  At a meeting with executives from four of the nation's largest banks earlier this month, the chief of the government's auto task force, Steven Rattner, delivered a message that shocked some in the room.
Wall Street Journal:
Goodbye Bland Affluence  —  Get ready for authenticity chic.  —  A small sign of the times: USA Today this week ran an article about a Michigan family that, under financial pressure, decided to give up credit cards, satellite television, high-tech toys and restaurant dining, to live on a 40-acre farm and become more self-sufficient.
Arloc Sherman /
Income Gaps Hit Record Levels In 2006, New Data Show  —  Rich-Poor Gap Tripled Between 1979 and 2006  —  New data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) show that in 2006, the top 1 percent of households had a larger share of the nation's after-tax income, and the middle and bottom fifths …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Melinda Henneberger / AOL News:
Palin Says She Considered Abortion  —  In her first out-of-state political appearance since last fall's presidential election, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin confided to 3,000 at a right-to-life event here that she had “just for a fleeting moment” contemplated seeking …
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
Direct Your Tweet Outrage To Katie Couric  —  Two days ago, journalist John Ziegler was arrested for trying to ask questions at an event where Katie Couric of CBS News received an award for her interview with Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin last fall.
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Washington Diarist: Dead Of Exposure  —  The evidence that transparency is returning to Washington may be found not in its politics but in its architecture.  Everywhere buildings are going up in glass.  Many of these gleaming stacks of work spaces with nothing to hide …
Rasmussen Reports:
In Texas, 31% Say State Has Right to Secede From U.S., But 75% Opt To Stay  —  Thirty-one percent (31%) of Texas voters say that their state has the right to secede from the United States and form an independent country.  —  However, the latest Rasmussen Reports poll in the state finds …
Maia Szalavitz / Time:
An Oregon School for Troubled Teens Is Under Scrutiny  —  On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that has caused anguish in the world of special education and children's mental health.  —  The case, Forest Grove v. TA, centers on the question of whether families …
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Why Muslims Left the Republican Party
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Ross Douthat:
A Goodbye
Dafna Linzer / ProPublica:
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