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11:40 PM ET, April 19, 2009

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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 183 times on one prisoner from Al Qaeda and 83 times on another, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum.
Discussion: MyDD
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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 …
Discussion: Making Light
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 …
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
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
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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 …
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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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 …
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
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Why We Should Get Rid of West Point  —  Want to trim the federal budget and improve the military at the same time?  Shut down West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, and use some of the savings to expand ROTC scholarships.  —  After covering the U.S. military for nearly two decades …
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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.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
For Marijuana Advocates, Not-So-Secret Holiday Hints at Change  —  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
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism and BobKrumm.com
 
 
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