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1:00 AM ET, April 18, 2009


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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 …
Fox News:
Attorney: Justice Memos Prove U.S. Did Not Torture
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
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 …
Major Garrett / Fox News:
Obama, Chavez Shake Hands at Summit of the Americas  —  Venezuela quoted Chavez as saying, “I'd like to be your friend.”  —  —  PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - President Obama made the first move to greet Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, but it was the acerbic …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama faces tough crowd at summit  —  PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the last U.S. president “the devil.”  But this U.S. president wanted to meet him.  —  So Barack Obama walked across a hotel ballroom here Friday and introduced himself to Chavez.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Michelle Malkin:
At least he didn't bow
Discussion: Babalú Blog
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: Salon, PoliGazette and Wonkette
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's Palin pick: ‘High risk... reward’
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 Way for Greenhouse Gas Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will lead to the regulation …
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?
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 …
Times of London:
Israel stands ready to bomb Iran's nuclear sites  —  The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.  —  Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces …
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
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.
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 and Vox Popoli
City Room:
Child Obesity Is Linked to Chemicals in Plastics  —  Exposure to chemicals used in plastics may be linked with childhood obesity, according to results from a long-term health study on girls who live in East Harlem and surrounding communities that were presented to community leaders on Thursday …
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
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.
Attaturk / Eschaton:
Morning Thread: Epilogue  —  Since the right-wing blogs likely will not revisit and the press certainly will not.  —  The coda of the Beauchamp Affair: … If you cannot place the name, Master Sgt. Hatley was the direct superior of Pvt. Scott Beauchamp and the person most used to discredit …
Matthew Balan /
CNN: Palin Family Issues Like Soap Opera; Downplays Obama Relatives' Troubles  —  CNN has displayed a double standard in its coverage of the difficulties involving the extended family of Sarah Palin versus that of President Barack Obama.  Two programs on the network on Thursday evening used …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Burr told constituents not to mob ATMs  —  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told his wife to pull the family's cash out of an ATM at the height of last fall's financial crisis — but he advised North Carolinians not to panic when Charlotte-based Wachovia was taken over by Citigroup in an emergency transaction around the same time.
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Drug Control Breeds Gun Control  —  Two weeks ago (as Radley Balko noted), a Fox News story by William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott debunked the commonly heard factoid that 90 percent of the firearms used by Mexican drug traffickers come from American dealers.
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Ross Douthat:
A Goodbye
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
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