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5:30 AM ET, April 20, 2009

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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Axelrod suggests ‘Tea Party’ movement is ‘unhealthy’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Sunday suggested the “Tea Party” movement is an “unhealthy” reaction to the tough economic climate facing the country.  —  Axelrod was asked on CBS's “Face the Nation” …
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SOME TEA PARTY PHOTOS from Fresno.  “Fresno had over 7.500 attend the most polite protest I have ever witnessed.”  Plus, “Black People Against Obama,” and “Mixed People Against Obama.”  Hey, that's not part of the narrative!  —  UPDATE: Reader Larry Price sends this picture of the …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Axelrod: The tea-party movement could be “unhealthy”  —  No surprise that the master of astroturfing would find a true grassroots movement distasteful.  To be scrupulously fair, it's not the parties themselves that he's calling “unhealthy” but rather the potential of populist anger in an age …
Fox News:
Axelrod: Tea Party Anger is Misdirected
Discussion: Associated Press and JasonPye.com
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
One protester's handwritten notes from behind the tea party lines
Discussion: The Natural Truth
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 …
Discussion: CQ Politics and Corrente
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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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
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CNN:
Ex-CIA chief: Obama risks national security  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A former head of the CIA slammed President Obama on Sunday for releasing four Bush-era memos, saying the new president has compromised national security.  —  Michael Hayden, who served as former President Bush's last CIA director …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Administration: No Prosecution of Officials for Bush-Era Torture Policy  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said during our exclusive interview Sunday on “This Week” that President Barack Obama will not pursue the prosecution of Bush-era officials who devised torture policy against detainees …
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Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Advisers Challenge G.O.P. to Offer Alternatives
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Rahm Emanuel and Rep. John Boehner
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. May Convert Banks' Bailouts to Equity Share  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's top economic advisers have determined that they can shore up the nation's banking system without having to ask Congress for more money any time soon, according to administration officials.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Not-So-Secret Holiday Hints at Change for Marijuana Advocates  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, somewhere in New York City, 420 people will gather for High Times magazine's annual beauty pageant, a secretly located and sold-out event that its sponsor says will “turn the Big Apple into the Baked Apple …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
Financial Times:
US to put conditions on Tarp repayment  —  Strong banks will be allowed to repay bail-out funds they received from the US government but only if such a move passes a test to determine whether it is in the national economic interest, a senior administration official has told the Financial Times.
MSNBC:
April 19: Summers, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: the economy's mixed signals.  A Wall Street winning streak, banks making money again and signs a bottom may be in sight; but with job losses mounting and home foreclosures rising, the president walks a fine line.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Politicker NY
 
 
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Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran president urges full defense for US reporter
Discussion: Informed Comment
BBC:
CIA torture exemption ‘illegal’
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Hullabaloo
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Regulatory despotism  —  Pierre Lemieux is a libertarian Quebecer …
Bobby Harrell / The State:
Let them eat ... debt repayments?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Fox News:
Napolitano: Veterans are Targets of Right-Wing Extremist Recruiters
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bailout overseer draws fire from right
Discussion: Bookworm Room
Associated Press:
Italian scientist, turning 100, still works
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
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New York Times:
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