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12:15 AM ET, April 21, 2009

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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.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and GayPatriot
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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.
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.
Fox News:   Cheney Calls for Release of Memos Showing Results of Interrogation Efforts
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: Torture memos miss ‘success’
Discussion: The Politico
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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 …
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.
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Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Yes, California, There Is an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms  —  Last June, the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms, at least in the home for self-defense.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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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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The White House:
PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS  —  MR. GIBBS: We did not do a week ahead last week.  I have an exceedingly abbreviated one that I will — I'll narrow it down to the next few days ahead, so as not to fail to meet expectations.  —  Tomorrow the President will sign national service legislation passed by Congress a few weeks ago.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Today's Qs for O's WH - 4/20/2009
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
Robert Reich / TPMCafe:
Where Government Spending Should be Trimmed …
Discussion: D-Day and DownWithTyranny!
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.
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.
Associated Press:
SPIN METER: Saving federal money the easy way  —  SPIN METER: Obama's latest budget-tightening effort hardly makes a dime's worth of difference  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cut a latte or two out of your annual budget and you've just done as much belt-tightening as President Barack Obama asked of his Cabinet on Monday.
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Associated Press:
Obama Convenes First Cabinet Meeting
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Wire
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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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%) …
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
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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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?
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
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 …
Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:
Coleman appeals to state high court  —  Norm Coleman has kept his word and filed a notice of petition to appeal his election-contest loss today to the Minnesota Supreme Court (pdfs available here).  The former U.S. senator's petition will ask the state's high court to find fault …
Discussion: MyDD, Open Left, Daily Kos and D-Day
 
 
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Has gay marriage reached a tipping point in New York? …
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