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12:30 AM ET, April 20, 2009

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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Axelrod suggests ‘Tea Party’ movement is ‘unhealthy’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Sunday suggested the “Tea Party” movement is an “unhealthy” reaction to the tough economic climate facing the country.  —  Axelrod was asked on CBS's “Face the Nation” …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Axelrod: The tea-party movement could be “unhealthy”  —  No surprise that the master of astroturfing would find a true grassroots movement distasteful.  To be scrupulously fair, it's not the parties themselves that he's calling “unhealthy” but rather the potential of populist anger in an age …
Discussion: Political Machine
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
One protester's handwritten notes from behind the tea party lines
Discussion: The Natural Truth
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Arguing the size of the “tea party” protest
Discussion: Blast Off! and Michelle Malkin
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Memo Says Prisoner Was Waterboarded 183 Times  —  Waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration officials have described as illegal torture, was used by C.I.A. interrogators far more frequently on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda than has been previously reported.
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CNN:
Ex-CIA chief: Obama risks national security  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A former head of the CIA slammed President Obama on Sunday for releasing four Bush-era memos, saying the new president has compromised national security.  —  Michael Hayden, who served as former President Bush's last CIA director …
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Advisers Challenge G.O.P. to Offer Alternatives  —  WASHINGTON — Top White House advisers on Sunday challenged Republicans to offer alternatives and not simply criticize administration approaches, as Congress prepared to return from a two-week recess and take up a charged agenda centered on core Obama objectives.
Discussion: The New Ledger
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Administration: No Prosecution of Officials for Bush-Era Torture Policy  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said during our exclusive interview Sunday on “This Week” that President Barack Obama will not pursue the prosecution of Bush-era officials who devised torture policy against detainees …
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ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Rahm Emanuel and Rep. John Boehner
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. May Convert Banks' Bailouts to Equity Share  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's top economic advisers have determined that they can shore up the nation's banking system without having to ask Congress for more money any time soon, according to administration officials.
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario and TIME.com
The Right Scoop:
Janeane Garofalo on Dissent - Then And Now  —  Here is a compilation video from 2 different occasions when Janeane Garofalo was on Countdown with Keith Olbercrackhead.  Also, for other responses to Garofalo recent comments, go to Hotair.com.  —  Enjoy.  —  Update: I listened …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Not-So-Secret Holiday Hints at Change for Marijuana Advocates  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, somewhere in New York City, 420 people will gather for High Times magazine's annual beauty pageant, a secretly located and sold-out event that its sponsor says will “turn the Big Apple into the Baked Apple …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Senator says Obama's appearance with Chavez ‘irresponsible’  —  (CNN) - Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, told CNN Sunday it was “irresponsible” for President Obama to been seen “laughing and joking” with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas on Friday.
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Financial Times:
US to put conditions on Tarp repayment  —  Strong banks will be allowed to repay bail-out funds they received from the US government but only if such a move passes a test to determine whether it is in the national economic interest, a senior administration official has told the Financial Times.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bailout overseer draws fire from right  —  Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor charged by Congress with overseeing trillions in financial rescue funds, has a surprising secret weapon: Dr. Phil.  —  The outspoken consumer advocate has appeared on Phil McGraw's show twice to talk …
Discussion: Bookworm Room
Mazher Mahmood / News of the World:
Father tries to cash in on daughter's fame  —  THE poverty-stricken father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali plans to become a millionaire himself-by SELLING his nine-year-old daughter.  —  In a bid to escape India's real-life slums, Rafiq Qureshi put angel-faced darling …
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Greg Roberts / NEWS.com.au:
Antarctic ice is growing, not melting away  —  Cool down ... ice is expanding in much of the Antarctic, experts say / Reuters  —  ICE is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Spitzer in Exile  —  When your résumé says ‘disgraced ex-governor,’ what do you do next?  —  Charles Ommanney / Getty Images for Newsweek  —  'You're That Guy': Spitzer  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009  —  There is no success so exquisite as the kind you find …
 
 
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Regulatory despotism  —  Pierre Lemieux is a libertarian Quebecer …
Bobby Harrell / The State:
Let them eat ... debt repayments?
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Fox News:
Napolitano: Veterans are Targets of Right-Wing Extremist Recruiters
Associated Press:
Italian scientist, turning 100, still works
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Murtha's Earmarks Keep Airport Aloft
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
More on Tea Parties and Higher Taxes
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