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8:45 AM ET, April 21, 2009

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New York Times:
Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists  —  WASHINGTON — One of the leading House Democrats on intelligence matters was overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists …
Discussion: Philly.com and Mondoweiss
The Politico:
Cheney v. Obama on torture  —  Former Vice President Dick 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 source familiar with the effort.
Fox News:
Cheney Calls for Release of Memos Showing Results of Interrogation Efforts  —  Former Vice President Cheney says he knows how successful the interrogation techniques were in collecting intelligence for the United States and wants that information to be released to the public …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
With interrogation docs out, Cheney asks Obama to now release …
Discussion: RedState
The Politico:
Cheney hits Obama on handshake
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: Torture memos miss ‘success’
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Today's Qs for O's WH - 4/20/2009  —  I interjected in an exchange between White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and another reporter today, so I've included their exchange (with my interruption) as well as my own.  —  JENNIFER LOVEN, AP: The $100 million target figure that the president talked …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
AP, Tapper Confront Obama Admin Over $100 Million  —  ABC's Jake Tapper questioned Gibbs why the Obama administration was making a large deal over saving $100 million in his proposed budget when the administration pooh-poohed $8 billion in an appropriations bill several weeks ago.
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Video: Obama Cuts $100 Million
The White House:   PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gibbs: Obama's tiny, tiny budget cut is big money where I'm from
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Fox News:
Miss California Sparks Furor With Gay Marriage Comments on Miss USA Telecast  —  Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, but the big story to come out of the normally politics-free telecast was Miss California's comments regarding gay marriage.
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
History Professor Gingrich Falsely Claims U.S. Presidents Don't ‘Smile And Greet’ Russian Leaders  —  Yesterday, President Obama shook hands and briefly chatted with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, explaining in a press conference afterwards that he was trying to move towards a “more constructive” …
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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
Discussion: Townhall.com
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project  —  WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.
Jeff Stein / static.cqpolitics.com:
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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Lindsey Ellerson / Political Punch:
President Beefcake?  D.C. magazine to feature shirtless Obama on cover  —  ABC News' Karen Travers and Jake Tapper report:  —  In the throes of an economic crisis and two wars, does the nation want more headlines about a “Pec-tacular” “Buff Bam”?  —  President Obama appears shirtless …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Right Pundits
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Iran's president slams Israel, sparks Western walkout, clown protest at UN conference  —  GENEVA (AP) — Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a U.N. conference and a pair of rainbow-wigged protesters threw clown noses at Iran's president Monday when the hard-line leader called Israel the “most cruel and repressive racist regime.”
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Murtha's Defense Earmarks Draw Questions  —  CBS Evening News: FBI Investigates Those Close To Powerful Lawmaker  —  (CBS) Spring in Washington is “earmark season” - a busy time for Congressman John Murtha.  —  “That's my business,” Murtha said.  “I've been in it for 35 years.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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.
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Geithner Weighs Bank Repayments  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner indicated that the health of individual banks won't be the sole criterion for whether financial firms will be allowed to repay bailout funds, a position that might complicate their efforts to give back the cash.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Commentary
 
 
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