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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama's national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
New York Times:
Obama Open to Inquiry in Interrogation Abuses  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday left open the door to creating a bipartisan commission that would investigate the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects, and he did not rule out taking action …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Source: Despite Claim, Cheney Didn't Really Ask CIA To Release Torture Intelligence  —  Did Dick Cheney really “formally” ask the CIA to release reams of intelligence allegedly showing that the torture program worked, as Cheney claimed last night on Fox News?
New York Times:   In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Past Use
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Happy Hour Open Thread: Cheney Mystery Solved!
Fox News:
Analysts Question Legality of Targeting Lawyers in ‘Torture’ Inquiry
John / Power Line:
Criminalizing Conservatism
Discussion: Associated Press, Lean Left and MyDD
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cheney Spox Refuses To Explain His “Formal” Request For CIA Torture Intel
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Daily Kos and Salon
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Prosecutors Considering Dropping Espionage Charges Against Former AIPAC Lobbyists  —  Review Comes Amid Reports That Rep. Harman Was Overheard on Wiretaps Agreeing to Seek Lenient Treatment for Them  —  Federal prosecutors are considering whether to drop the charges against two former pro …
Discussion: The Cable
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NPR:
Harman ‘Outraged’ Over Alleged Wiretapping  —  Listen Now  —  · This week, Congressional Quarterly and later The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency had recorded a telephone conversation between Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) and someone who was seeking Harman's support …
CNN:
Rep. calls alleged wiretap ‘abuse of power’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A key Democrat who reportedly was overheard on a National Security Agency wiretap discussing a deal with a suspected Israeli agent has called the wiretap an “abuse of power.”  —  Rep. Jane Harman, D-California …
Discussion: The Swamp and Newshoggers.com
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Harman: More members could have been tapped
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon and Capitol Briefing
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Civil War Raging in Right-Wing Blogosphere  —  Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, jazz musician and Web designer Charles Johnson has devoted his blog, Little Green Footballs, to exposing Muslim extremism in and outside the United States.  His targets have included the Council …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIESSEN RATIONALIZES MUSLIM TORTURE... Just 48 hours after President Obama was inaugurated, former Bush chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen said Obama “is already proving to be the most dangerous man ever to occupy the Oval Office.”  With a record like this, it's probably unwise to expect …
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Moderate Voice
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama And Top Advisers Scale Back Use Of Word “Torture”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Not A Lawyer (Or Even A Clear Thinker)
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Is Cheney Panicking?  —  The one thing you saw most plainly in the Plame affair is how obsessed Dick Cheney is with public image, the chattering classes and spinning stories that might reflect poorly on him.  The act is the elder statesman, authoritatively reviewing the world scene …
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Gloria Borger / CNN:
A little outrage, please, Mr. President
Discussion: David Rothkopf
Fox News:
Former VP Dick Cheney on Obama Administration ‘Dismantling’ Terrorism Policies
Discussion: The Nation
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain demands White House apology  —  (CNN) - A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security is downright “insulting” to veterans, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Monday.  —  In an interview on FOX News, the Vietnam veteran and former Republican presidential candidate …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain: DHS report ‘insulting’
Discussion: The Page
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain facing 2010 primary  —  Social conservatives tolerated John McCain as the party's nominee, but never trusted him, and he now appears to be facing a serious primary from the right in Arizona next year.  —  Chris Simcox, the founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a prominent figure …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain gets conservative primary challenger
Discussion: Political Machine
Wall Street Journal:
America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire  —  In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers.  Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.
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Megan McArdle:
Blogging For Big Bucks
ABCNEWS:
RFK Jr. Blasts Obama as ‘Indentured Servant’ to Coal Industry  —  Critics Say Clean Coal Is a Boondoggle; ‘Clean Coal Is a Dirty Lie’  —  “Clean coal is a dirty lie,” says environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who calls President Barack Obama and other politicians who commit taxpayer money to develop it …
Discussion: RedState and Wonk Room
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Robert Kennedy: Obama “indentured servant” to coal industry
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Cook / Gawker:
Matt Drudge Goes Into Hiding  —  Days after Matt Drudge popped up to tell New York magazine about how he doesn't enjoy having sex with men, The New Republic looks into his descent into Howard Hughes-like isolation.  —  As Gabriel Sherman puts it, Drudge fears the media …
Discussion: New York Magazine
www.washingtonexaminer.com:
GWS  —  I am not angry Mr. York.  I am afraid.  Afraid of the hatred for this President generated by the likes of FOX news and this newspaper.  I know that MSNBC is in the bed with the Democrats, but FOX is married to the Republicans.  Promoting this tea party is a prime example.
Dr. Sanity:
THE POLIITICAL LEFT: UNITED IN HATE WITH AMERICA'S FOES  —  Cliff May reminds us that there is a reason why the political left in this country has made common cause with Militant Islamists: … In the few short months that the dedicated leftist Barack Obama has been in the White House …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Into the Dark  —  A long time reader chimes in ...  It sort of baffles me too.  I think a lot of people just fooled themselves about Cheney's politics.  But I've had enough people (with sufficient proximity to speak with some authority) say things like this that I think it's possible …
Susan Moeller / The Huffington Post:
Media Literacy 101: The Ethics of Photoshopping a Shirtless Obama  —  The web is buzzing about The Washingtonian magazine's choice to put a paparazzi photo of a buff and shirtless President Obama on the cover of its May issue.  —  The frenzy of comments about The Washingtonian's decision …
Ian / Overruled:
It Begins  —  Noted global warming denier James Inhofe, who once insisted that the United States base its foreign policy on the book of Genesis, announced on the Senate floor yesterday that he will filibuster the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit.
Lionel / The Huffington Post:
What Would You Not Do to Stop a Nuke?  —  Assume, arguendo, this hypothetical.  —  It is Inauguration day.  President Obama is about to be sworn is as 44.  Virtually everyone in federal office is there.  Congressmen, Senators, the Supremes, the new cabinet.  Get the picture?
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court hears arguments in school strip-search case  —  The justices' questions suggest they're reluctant to limit administrators' ability to look for drugs, even in the case of ibuprofen.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Supreme Court gave a skeptical hearing Tuesday to lawyers …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Gene Healy / Cato Institute:
Of Course It Was Torture  —  This article appeared in the DC Examiner on April 20, 2009. … On Thursday, the Obama administration released previously classified memos detailing interrogation techniques used against enemy prisoners.  In the memos, Bush administration lawyers assured the CIA …
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bill Clinton: Volunteerism times three  —  There was a lot of glory to go around today, in the president's signing of a bill tripling the federal government's commitment to the support of volunteerism.  —  For President Barack Obama, who signed the $1.1 billion appropriation that he sought …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Journalism organization opposes Fairness Doctrine
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Presidents 42 and 43 Team Up for a Chat
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The Coming of the Fourth American Republic
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Holy Joe still loves him some torture
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Fatties cause global warming
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Gitmo  —  Helen Thomas: Why is the president blocking …
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A sincere warning to big-government Republican politicians
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