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12:20 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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Must Read  —  This story is so radioactive it's hard to know which of fifty different directions to go with it.  In brief, Jeff Stein at CQ has a much, much more detailed account of that story, first reported in 2006, of Rep. Jane Harman getting caught on a wiretapped phone call allegedly discussing …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC  —  Other obligations prevent me from writing until later today — and I intend to focus on Rahm Emanuel's war-crimes-protecting proclamation that Obama's desire for immunity extends beyond CIA officers perpetrating torture to the …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Walking and Chewing Gum  —  In my comments on the Harman story, you'll see I'm giving probably as much focus to the hows and whys of the government's role surveilling Harman as I am to what she's accused of.  So let me early on make this point clear — one issue does not override or trump the significance of the other.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More on that “Suspected Israeli Agent”
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Fausta's Blog
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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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Townhall.com
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama gores foreign policy ox … WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has gone abroad and gored an ox—the deeply held belief that the United States does not make mistakes in dealings with either friends or foes.  —  And in the process, he's taking a huge gamble both at home and abroad …
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BBC:   Hugo Chavez's book gift to Barack Obama is an overnight bestseller
Wall Street Journal:
Americas Summit: Missed Opportunity
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Warner Todd Huston / NewsBusters.org:
AP Analysis: Good for Obama for Knocking Down Arrogant U.S.A.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Right Wing News
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.
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John J. Miller / The Corner:   Smoke Signals  —  Wash Post: President Obama plans to convene …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to order $100 million in cuts
Khaled Wassef / CBS News:
Al Qaeda No. 2 Blasts Obama, Again  —  Al Qaeda's deputy commander, Ayman Zawahri, has issued another scathing attack on President Obama in a new audio tape released on jihadi Web sites.  —  Zawahri argues that the U.S. president is following the same policies as his predecessor, George W. Bush.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Waterboarding Used 266 Times on 2 Suspects  —  C.I.A. interrogators used waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration officials have described as illegal torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda, far more than had been previously reported.
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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 …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and The Plank
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Barack Obama's Quick Foreign Policy Fixes Run Into Stubborn World Problems  —  New American presidents typically begin by behaving as if most of the world's problems are the fault of their predecessors — and Barack Obama has been no exception.  In his first three months he has quickly taken steps …
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 …
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 and AmSpecBlog
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Erin Go Broke  —  “What,” asked my interlocutor, “is the worst-case outlook for the world economy?”  It wasn't until the next day that I came up with the right answer: America could turn Irish.  —  What's so bad about that?  Well, the Irish government now predicts that this year G.D.P …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Corrente
 
 
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