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9:25 AM ET, April 19, 2009


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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month  —  I've put this detail in a series of posts, but it really deserves a full post.  According to the May 30, 2005 Bradbury memo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
There Better Be a Helluva Lot of Ticks Left In That Bomb  —  One of the favorite canards of the pro-torture Jack Bauer fetishists, behind only “this resembles fraternity pranks” and “but we do this in SERE,” has always been the “ticking time-bomb” scenario:
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Torture Versus War  —  WHEN the Central Intelligence Agency obliterates a dozen suspected terrorists, along with assorted family members, with a missile from a drone, the news rarely stirs a strong reaction far beyond Pakistan.  —  Yet the waterboarding of three operatives from Al Qaeda …
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Arguing the size of the “tea party” protest  —  In any case, experts see it as democracy in action, and that's a good thing.  —  ATLANTA -  —  How big was the Tea Party?  —  By some estimates, over half a million Americans took to the streets last Wednesday to protest taxes and Washington spending …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP congressman booed mercilessly at Tea Party rally
The Long Arm of the Law  —  A looming battle over the role foreign judges should play in U.S. courts.  —  From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009  —  Harold Hongju Koh is a tweedy, brainy legal scholar who writes brilliant law-review articles that are carefully reasoned, if more or less impenetrable to non-lawyers.
Discussion: RedState and PointOfLaw Forum
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
It might already be too late for the right-wing blogs  —  The Daily Beast's Benjamin Sarlin follows up on a trend we've been noting at CF for the last couple week; far right bloggers who are calling out Fox News for the doomsday hate speech that's become Murdoch's programming anchor.
Discussion: PERRspectives
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Summit: What a Difference a Day Makes  —  Yesterday's banner headline on Trinidad and Tobago's daily Guardian (see below) was “Chávez vs. Obama.”  —  Today's is above.  —  Ponder that for a moment.  —  Also today, the Venezuelan President said aloud he wants to restore …
New York Times:
Rising Expectations on Cuba Follow Obama
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Chicago Tribune:
Makeover debate fires up over ‘Idol’ sensation Susan Boyle  —  Susan Boyle's ‘makeover’  —  Once people stopped marveling at Susan Boyle's voice, they started talking about her look, including her caterpillar-like eyebrows.  Let the makeover debate begin.
Major Garrett / Fox News:
Obama Endures Ortega Diatribe  —  Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega lashes out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America.  —  —  PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan …
Orange County Register:
Tea Party animals not boiling over  —  Media portrayals of protesters as right-wing kooks are overheated.  —  Recommend  —  Our lesson today comes from the old British novelty song:  —  “I like A Nice Cup Of Tea in the morning Just to start the day, you see And at half-past-eleven My idea of heaven Is A Nice Cup Of Tea ...”
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court Poised To Closely Weigh Civil Rights Laws  —  The Supreme Court has an opportunity to reaffirm or reshape the nation's civil rights laws as it faces a rare confluence of cases over the next two weeks, including a high-profile challenge brought by white firefighters who claim they lost …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Choler of Online Comments  —  Dear Reader:  —  I wish to apologize to you for my behavior last week.  —  On Tuesday, I learned that I am a right-wing hack.  I am not a journalist.  I am typical of the right wing.  I am why newspapers are going broke.  I write garbage.  I am angry with Barack Obama.
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Judicial Foreign Policy We Cannot Afford
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
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Associated Press:
Lawmakers start work on global warming bill
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Weekly Address: Efficiency and Innovation
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice