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4:20 AM ET, April 17, 2009


 Top Items: 
Abuse of Power: The Bush Administration's Secret Legal Memos  —  On April 16, 2009, the Department of Justice released four secret memos used by the Bush administration to justify torture:  —  A 18-page memo, dated August 1, 2002, from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
For The Record  —  No mention of the torture memos appears right now on the Drudge Report (which provides news of a prank at Dominos pizza), Instapundit (which mentions the new DVD for the Lord of The Rings trilogy), Pajamas Media, or Michelle Malkin.  They are reacting to the evidence …
Jeffrey Toobin In / New Yorker:
JEFFREY TOOBIN: HIDING JAY BYBEE  —  The newest round of “torture memos” have just been released by the Department of Justice.  I'm only just beginning to go through them, but I have a preliminary thought.  —  The first, and very chilling memo in the group is an analysis of the various techniques …
Discussion: CBS News, and The Plank
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Not Even Jesus Would Forgive What You Do  —  One of the Office of Legal Counsel memos that was released today was the famous hidden “Yoo-Bybee Two” or “Second Bybee Memo” from August 2002.  Recall that the first August 2002 OLC specified that it was acceptable to apply physical pain to a detainee …
New York Times:
Interrogation Memos Detail Harsh Tactics by the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department made public on Thursday detailed memos describing harsh interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, as President Obama said that C.I.A. operatives who carried out the techniques would not be prosecuted.
New York Times:
President Obama's Statement on the Memos  —  Following is President Obama's statement on the release of memos by the Office of Legal Counsel, as provided by the White House.  —  The Department of Justice will today release certain memos issued by the Office of Legal Counsel between 2002 and 2005 as part of an ongoing court case.
Discussion: MyDD, PoliGazette, Salon and Commentary
Michael Scherer / Time:
Bush Approved Use of Insects in al-Qaeda Interrogations  —  The Bush Administration approved the use of “insects placed in a confinement box” during the interrogation of top Al Qaeda official Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2002 document that President Obama declassified for release Thursday.
Discussion: The Raw Story and
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Banality Of Evil  —  Perhaps you are reading these documents alongside me.  I've only read the Bybee memo, as chilling an artefact as you are ever likely to read in a democratic society, the work clearly not of a lawyer assessing torture techniques in good faith, but of an administration official tasked …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Justice Department Releases Bush Administration Torture Memos
Discussion: Blog of Rights
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Depraved Judgment  —  First of all, good for Obama for releasing these OLC memos.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Explains Memo Release Decision
Discussion: Macsmind and Hullabaloo
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   CIA Officers Granted Immunity From Torture Prosecution *** UPDATE ***
Little Green Footballs:
LGF on Glenn Beck  —  I still don't have a working cable TV connection in my new top-secret underground facility, so I missed Glenn Beck's show today (I wouldn't have been watching anyway, to be honest), but I understand from several lizardoid reports that Beck had some things to say about me.
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
( Video) Glenn Beck Vs. Charles Johnson  —  Update: (Perhaps a coincidence or mistake, but for some reason my account at Little Green Footballs is suddenly blocked.  How odd.  Surely it was just a fluke; a mistake of some kind.  Maybe I should have took sides?)  —  It's at about 7 minutes in on this video.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Macsmind
Fox News:
Cable Anchors, Guests Use Tea Parties as Platform for Frat House Humor  —  Cable anchors and guests covered the anti-tax tea party protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.  —  —  For thousands of Americans, Tax Day was a moment to protest …
Gateway Pundit:
Gutter Journalism: Angry Mainstream Media Reporters Use Nasty …
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
POWER LINE: Tea Party Time in Minnesota: With video. …
Discussion: Power Line and Winds of Change.NET
Jay Bookman:
Georgia Senate threatens dismantling of USA  —  It wasn't quite the firing on Fort Sumter that launched the Civil War.  But on April 1, your Georgia Senate did threaten by a vote of 43-1 to secede from and even disband the United States.  —  It was not an April Fool's joke.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Georgia Senate threatens to secede
Discussion: Liberty Street
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
WH: No Religious Cover-up at Georgetown  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports:  —  The White House is taking some heat today from conservative and Catholic bloggers who noticed that while President Obama delivered remarks on the economy at Georgetown University Tuesday, a monogram that is a symbol …
Wall Street Journal:
Authorities Investigate Payments by Rattner  —  Steven Rattner, the leader of the Obama administration's auto task force, was one of the executives involved with payments under scrutiny in a probe of an alleged kickback scheme at New York state's pension fund, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Go Rick!  —  MSNBC is now picking up on the story of Gov. Perry of Texas hinting that the Stimulus Bill may be such a blow to the constitution that Texas may have to secede from the Union.  But according to MSNBC, while Perry was making the comments, the crowd started chanting, “Secede …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Open Left
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Schakowsky: Tea parties ‘despicable’  —  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted “tea party” protests yesterday, labeling the activities “despicable” and shameful.  “The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead …
Jamie Larson / The Register Star Online:
Tedisco asks to be declared winner  —  COLUMBIA COUNTY — 20th Congressional District candidate Republican Jim Tedisco submitted a petition to the Dutchess County Supreme Court Thursday asking the judge to declare him the winner of the extremely close special election race …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Politicker NY
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Time Warner Scraps Bandwidth Cap Testing  —  Time Warner Cable has shelved plans to test consumption-based billing until it can improve its “customer education process,” the company announced Thursday.  —  “It is clear from the public response over the last two weeks that there is a great deal …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Fox News Anchor: We Did Public Relations For Tea Parties  —  Earlier today, Brent Bozell, founder of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared on Fox to lambaste liberal and mainstream media journalists (particularly on MSNBC) for telling “oral sex jokes” about the Tea Bag Protest movements.
Discussion: Tom Watson and Washington Monthly
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Shepard Smith blows the ‘DHS is picking on the Tea Parties’ meme out of the water
Discussion: The Caucus
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Burris fundraising total: $845  —  U.S. Senator Roland Burris, the controversial appointee to the seat once held by President Barack Obama, is holding his first campaign fundraiser since he took office this weekend—and the financial report he filed this week shows he could use some political donations.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awesome: Chicago tea partiers confront CNN hack after hit piece; Update: Hack did puff piece on lefty protests in January  —  A seamless conclusion to the smear job heard 'round the world, thanks to some amazingly fortuitous timing by Founding Bloggers.  On a day when the grassroots came …
ProgressNow Colorado:
CONTACT: Michael Huttner at 303-931-4547  —  DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado staff once again braved a crowd of belligerent right-wing protesters at today's “Tea Party” protest event at the Colorado State Capitol.  And once again, ProgressNow recorded for posterity shameful displays of both ignorance …
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Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Sarkozy snipes at ‘dim’ Spanish PM and ‘weak’ Barack Obama
Discussion: Power Line
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U.S. Judge Sentences Iraqi Insurgent to 25 Years
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Did the GOP in Oregon really send these PSA scripts out to be made?
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Video Prank at Domino's Taints Brand
Discussion: Lean Left and Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Perry: No Secession, At Least for Now!
Discussion: TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Immunity Question: What's Obama's Angle?
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Amid All the Madness, the One Thing That Might Rescue the Republican …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Frum on Conservative Paranoia
Discussion: Spectator, MoJo Blog Posts and TPMDC