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6:20 PM ET, April 20, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
John Feehery / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   Hugging Hugo  —  The pictures over the weekend were pretty incredible.
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
GOP stumbling in health care fight  —  Republicans look across the health reform battlefield and see the Democrats organized, energized and flush with cash — with several groups lined up to promote the president's plan, and a message honed by years of preparation.  —  Then they look into their own camp — and get nervous.
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Robert Reich / TPMCafe:
Where Government Spending Should be Trimmed …
Discussion: D-Day
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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Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Benjamin: Gay rights group playing coy on Bloomberg
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: CIA's ‘best days yet to come’  —  While banning the most controversial interrogation practices employed by the CIA in the past, President Barack Obama is calling on the agency to renew its mission under new marching orders.  —  Calling the CIA “an indispensable tool, the tip of the spear” …
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times Wins 5 Pulitzer Prizes  —  The New York Times won five Pulitzer Prizes in journalism on Monday, the second-most in its history, for work on subjects as varied as America's wars in Asia, the sudden downfall of a political titan, art from ancient to modern, and a history-making presidential campaign.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT leads pack with five Pulitzers
Discussion: ProPublica and MoJo Blog Posts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Al-Qaeda Pushing Back on New, More Popular American Leadership  —  Perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the relatively small group of people known as al-Qaeda was the rise to power of George W. Bush, whose brutality, stupidity, and mendacity managed to do an enormous amount …
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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
Washington Post:
Sources: Chrysler Financial Refused Government Loan Over Limits on Executive Pay  —  Top officials at Chrysler Financial turned away a $750 million government loan because executives didn't want to abide by new federal limits on pay, sources familiar with the matter say.
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.
Bloomberg:
Treasury Says ‘No Basis’ to Report on Bank Testing  —  A U.S. Treasury spokesman said there's no basis to a blog posting that buffeted financial stocks by saying that most of the nation's largest banks are insolvent.  —  Andrew Williams, a Treasury spokesman, dismissed the report from Hal Turner …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Pundits Whitewash Torture  —  On the Sunday morning news programs, several pundits went out of their way to either endorse waterboarding and other techniques endorsed in the torture memos - or to dismiss the idea of holding their authors responsible.  —  On ABC News' “This Week With George Stephanopoulos …
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Nadler: Impeach Torture Memo Author  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, called Monday for the impeachment of federal judge Jay Bybee, one of the principal authors of the torture memos released last week by the Obama administration.
Eric Hananoki / The Huffington Post:
The Michele Bachmann Reality Show  —  The conventional wisdom among kids these days it that CSPAN — the network that provides non-stop coverage of Congressional activities - is boring.  Given a choice between American Idol and House Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Markup, Part 3, they'd rather watch some hipster singing “Mad World.”
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 …
 
 
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