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10:55 PM ET, April 20, 2009

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Begins Mocking GOP's National Security Attacks  —  An interesting, if subtle, shift in Obama's tone: He's taken to openly mocking GOP criticism of his willingness to diplomatically engage hostile foreign leaders.  —  You saw the new tone on display over the weekend …
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.
Associated Press:
Obama Convenes First Cabinet Meeting
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Wire
Drudge Report:
CHENEY:  —  “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn't put out the memos that showed the success of the effort.
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The Politico:
Cheney hits Obama on handshake  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity that President Obama's handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez “was not helpful” and could lead “foes” of the U.S. to “think they're dealing with a weak president.”
The Politico:
Cheney v. Obama on torture  —  Former Vice President Cheney last month formally asked the Central Intelligence Agency to de-classify top secret documents he believes show harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding helped prevent terrorist attacks against U.S. targets, according to a source familiar with the effort.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: Torture memos miss ‘success’
Discussion: The Politico
Fox News:   Cheney Calls for Release of Memos Showing Results of Interrogation Efforts
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Second Amendment extended  —  The Constitution's protection of an individual right to have guns for personal use restricts the powers of state and local government as much as it does those of the federal government, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled Monday.  The opinion by the three-judge panel can be found here.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Yes, California, There Is an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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New York Times:
Speech Prompts Walkout at Conference
Discussion: Hot Air
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Iranian President Causes Uproar with Anti-Israel Speech
Discussion: Power Line
Access Hollywood:
Miss California: My Sister Is A Gay Rights Activist  —  Pageants,LGBT,Billy Bush,Celebrities  —  Her opinions on same-sex marriage may have cost Miss California the Miss USA crown on Sunday night - but in an interview with Billy Bush for “The Billy Bush Show” and Access Hollywood on Monday morning …
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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.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Gibbs confirms that torture memo authors are ‘not being held accountable.’  —  Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that when it came to the Bush administration's illegal torture program, “those who devised the policies...should not be prosecuted.”
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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.
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%) …
CNN:
Preference for Hill over Zinni remains a mystery  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Chris Hill is slowly overcoming GOP opposition that has delayed his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, but it's still unclear why the Obama administration revoked the offer they gave to someone else first — General Anthony Zinni.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Laura Rozen / The Cable:   30 hours of Brownback v. Hill?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Big Gov't.  Still Viewed as Greater Threat Than Big Business  —  Democrats' views have changed, now view big business as greater threat  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's recent update of its long-standing trend question on whether big business, big labor, or big government will be the biggest threat …
Discussion: Economix and The Swamp
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Big (Bad) Government?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Has gay marriage reached a tipping point in New York?  Poll shows majority approve of it  —  ALBANY - A majority of New Yorkers support gay marriage and Gov. Paterson's attempt to legalize it, a new poll shows.  —  A Siena College poll released Monday found that by 53% to 39% margin …
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
RUDY RIPS GOV'S BID FOR GAY NUPS
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: Salon and Felix Salmon
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Napolitano: Returning vets too stupid to avoid extremists  —  Janet Napolitano continues to thrash around for any rationalization she can find for the DHS report that painted political organizing on abortion, federalism, and immigration as potential national-security threats …
Discussion: The Hill
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Ann Arbor / MLive.com:
based law center sues Homeland Security over ‘right-wing extremism’ issue
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Harman-AIPAC Story: A Timeline  —  CQ's blockbuster story, about a wiretap that picked up Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) discussing the AIPAC spying case with a “suspected Israeli agent”, picks up on a sequence of complex events from several years ago, and involves several moving pieces.
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Ron Howard / The Huffington Post:
Angels & Demons: It's A Thriller, Not A Crusade  —  William Donohue of the Catholic League is on a mission.  Whether it is a “mission from God,” as the Blues Brothers would say, only God knows, but the goal of his mission is clear: to paint me and the movie I directed, Angels & Demons, as anti-Catholic.
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 …
 
 
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Holly K. Hacker / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research sues state over denial …
The U.S. Department of Labor:
FAQs For Employees About COBRA Continuation Health Coverage
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Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Axelrod: Anti-Americanism now ‘not cool’
Discussion: Hot Air and Paco Enterprises
Michael Barone / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Back to the future: Obama's foreign policy
Discussion: Hot Air
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Peter King standing by Muslim comments
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Good News, Bad News  —  The bad news: no blogging from me on Sunday.
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The Michele Bachmann Reality Show
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Pundits Whitewash Torture
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Where Government Spending Should be Trimmed …
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NU's Katz reminds Emanuel he's Jewish
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