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4:10 PM ET, April 20, 2009

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Jeff Stein / CQ Politics:
Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC  —  Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage …
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Ron Kampeas / blogs.jta.org:
Why the Harman leaks smell to high heaven  —  I just posted a brief picking up this CQ Politics story by Jeff Stein, re-raising allegations that U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) attempted to intervene on behalf of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, the two former AIPAC staffers charged …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Surveillance and Political Corruption  —  Lord knows I'm not a big AIPAC fan, but the fact of the matter has always been that the AIPAC spy case, though a fun black eye for a nasty operation, has been pretty fishy as a legal matter.  And along those lines, the premises under …
Discussion: Eschaton
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More on that “Suspected Israeli Agent”  —  Let me follow up on my earlier post which asked just who that “suspected Israeli agent” was who Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) was talking to.  Some quick TPM staff research shows that the original Time article on this story from 2006 identified Harman's interlocutor as Haim Saban.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gingrich slams Obama over Chavez  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tore into President Barack Obama Monday for his friendly greeting of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying Obama is bolstering the “enemies of America.”  —  Gingrich appeared on a number of morning talk shows comparing Obama …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE HANDSHAKE.... It's early Monday, and you know what that means: time for a new coordinated conservative tantrum.  The freak-out over the Department of Homeland Security and domestic threats is so last week.  The new fit is over President Obama shaking hands with the President of Venezuela at the Summit of the Americas.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Al-Qaeda Pushing Back on New, More Popular American Leadership
John Feehery / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   Hugging Hugo  —  The pictures over the weekend were pretty incredible.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich: Obama-Chavez exchange will become propaganda
Discussion: Firedoglake and Los Angeles Times
Associated Press:
Delegates walk out on Ahmadinejad at Geneva  —  Article's topics: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Durban 2  —  As Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the eradication of Israel in his address to the United Nations anti-racism conference which  —  opened its week long event in Geneva on Monday …
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Times of London:
Walkout at UN conference after Iran president calls Israel ‘racist’  —  British delegates joined a dramatic diplomatic walkout today when President Ahmadinejad of Iran told a major UN conference against racism that the state of Israel had been founded “on the pretext of Jewish suffering” during the Second World War.
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
And.  Here.  We.  Go.  —  Though we've known for a while that Ted Kennedy and Max Baucus were aiming for a June mark up of health care reform legislation, they today sent an official letter (full text after the jump) to President Obama underscoring this intention.  The key passage:
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
GOP stumbling in health care fight
Robert Reich / TPMCafe:
Where Government Spending Should be Trimmed …
Discussion: D-Day
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Karl Rove, Twitter Creep  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Meghan McCain says we need to take back Twitter from the creepy people—like Karl Rove, “America's Toughest Sheriff,” and the other undesirables who now follow her every Tweet.  —  Karl Rove follows me on Twitter.  That's creepy.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
RUDY RIPS GOV'S BID FOR GAY NUPS  —  RUDY GIULIANI is declaring war on gay marriage — vowing to use his strong opposition of it against the Democrats if he runs for governor next year.  —  The former mayor, in an extended interview with The Post, also predicted that Gov. Paterson's high-profile effort …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Gay rights groups angry with Giuliani
Discussion: New York Post and Ben Smith's Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
51% View Tea Parties Favorably, Political Class Strongly Disagrees  —  Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans have a favorable view of the “tea parties” held nationwide last week, including 32% who say their view of the events is Very favorable.  —  Thirty-three percent (33%) …
Ann Arbor / MLive.com:
based law center sues Homeland Security over ‘right-wing extremism’ issue  —  The Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center says it has filed a federal lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  —  The non-profit law firm said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Napolitano: Returning vets too stupid to avoid extremists
Discussion: The Hill and Democratic Strategist
Matthew Wagner / Jerusalem Post:
NU's Katz reminds Emanuel he's Jewish  —  Article's topics: Ya'acov Katz, Rahm Emanuel, King Ahashverosh  —  National Union chairman Ya'acov “Ketzele” Katz sent a letter to White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel last week admonishing him not to forget his Jewish and Israeli origins.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Murray Waas / The Atlantic Online:
A U.S. Attorney's Story  —  Dan Bogden, who served as the United States attorney from Nevada until he was abruptly dismissed from his job during the infamous wave of firings of U.S. attorneys in late 2006, hoped to someday learn why he was let go.  By most accounts, Bogden had served …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Wail of the 1%  —  As the privileged class loses its privileges, a collective moan rises from the canyons of Wall Street.  —  Shortly after 1:30 on the afternoon of March 18, two dozen traders in AIG's financial-products division stepped away from their Bloomberg terminals …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
McCain Reacts To KSM Being Waterboarded 183 Times: ‘One Is Too Much.  Waterboarding Is Torture’  —  This morning on Fox News, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responded to the startling information — first noted by blogger Marcy Wheeler — that detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times.
John Harwood / New York Times:
But Can Obama Make the Trains Run on Time?  —  As they seek to jolt the economy out of recession, President Obama's Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve have set aside worries about future inflation.  —  But one form of inflation — rhetorical — may become a short-term hazard …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Axelrod Inner Circle  —  White House senior adviser David Axelrod.  AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais  —  UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Two more additions to the weekly Wednesday meetings of White House adviser David Axelrod's inner circle.  —  • Jim Messina: Messina …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Omid Memarian / The Huffington Post:
My Interview With Roxana Saberi's Lawyer: “She Was Shocked and Distraught”  —  After the announcement of her eight-year prison sentence, American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi's attorney, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, told in a telephone interview from Tehran that Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Laureate will join the legal team of the case.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama to Order Cabinet to Quickly Cut $100 Million From Department Budgets  —  President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official.
The New Republic:
Truth and Reconciliation  —  Are Democrats making an egregious power grab by sidestepping the filibuster?  Hardly.  —  'Reconciliation" means “restoration of harmony.  ” But as a term of art in budgeting, it has become an act of war.  President Obama and most Democrats in Congress hope …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Brendan Nyhan
A.C. Kleinheider / Nashville City Paper:
Post Politics: The Tea Party revolution will likely be betrayed  —  While many on the Right are energized by the level of engagement on display by grassroots libertarians and conservatives in last week's “Tea Party” protests, conservatives should fight the urge to get too excited …
Discussion: Right Wing News
 
 
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