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4:35 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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Surveillance and Political Corruption
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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
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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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.
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%) …
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
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
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Fiscal Responsibility  —  The Washington Post reports: … Just to be clear: $100 million represents .003 percent of $3.5 trillion.  —  To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall.
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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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
John Boehner Deems It “Almost Comical” to Say Carbon Dioxide is Harmful  —  The House GOP's leader, John Boehner (R-OH), took some time over the weekend to wallow a bit in ignorance and dishonesty: … Joe Romm observes that Boehner doesn't even seem to know what the climate change debate is about.
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 …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT leads pack with five Pulitzers  —  The New York Times picked up five Pulitzer Prizes today, the most of any publication.  —  Times reporter David Barstow won the Investigative prize for his report on the relationship between the Pentagon and TV military analysts.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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.
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.
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: Democracy in America and Wonkette
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 …
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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