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4:20 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
President Holds Open Door For Prosecutions of Bush Officials For Interrogation Policies, Truth Commission  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper, Sunlen Miller and Yunji de Nies report:  —  President Obama suggested today that it remained a possibility that the Justice Department might bring charges …
Fox News:
Obama Open to Prosecution of Officials Who Cleared Interrogation Tactics
John / Power Line:
Criminalizing Conservatism
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Source: Despite Claim, Cheney Didn't Really Ask CIA To Release Torture Intelligence
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Cheney Keeps on Swinging
Discussion: MSNBC, The Hill and The Page
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.
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “In time of victory, why is the left so angry?”
Stephen Gordon / The Next Right:   A sincere warning to big-government Republican politicians
CNSNews:
CIA Confirms: Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind Led to Info that Aborted 9/11-Style Attack on Los Angeles  —  (CNSNews.com) - The Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” …
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 …
Discussion: Salon and Democracy in America
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain gets conservative primary challenger  —  (CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain — whose support of illegal immigration reform nearly derailed his presidential bid two years ago — will face a Senate primary challenge next year from Minuteman founder Chris Simcox.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Philip Zelikow / Shadow Government:
The OLC “torture memos”: thoughts from a dissenter  —  I first gained access to the OLC memos and learned details about CIA's program for high-value detainees shortly after the set of opinions were issued in May 2005.  I did so as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's policy representative …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
DOJ Sits on Secret CIA Interrogation Memo
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Emptywheel
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mark Thiessen: It Was Torture  —  It's right there in the Washington Post - a defense of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques authorized by president Bush, illustrated at Abu Ghraib, and a cause of at least a dozen and as many as a hundred deaths, (according to the Pentagon and many human rights groups respectively).
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Chuck Neubauer / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband's firm cashes in on crisis  —  Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency that awarded contract to spouse  —  On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency …
Juan Williams / FOX Forum:
Obama's Outrageous Sin Against Our Kids  —  As I watch Washington politics I am not easily given to rage.  —  Washington politics is a game and selfishness, out-sized egos and corruption are predictable.  —  But over the last week I find myself in a fury.
Los Angeles Times:
Crimes suspected in 20 bailout cases — for starters  —  The special inspector general says TARP is ‘inherently vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse.’ The risk grows as the plan becomes more complex, he says.  —  Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles — In the first major disclosure …
The Politico:
Why GOP is devouring one book  —  There aren't any sex scenes or vampires, and it won't help you lose weight.  —  But House Republicans are tearing through the pages of Amity Shlaes' “The Forgotten Man” like soccer moms before book club night.  —  Shlaes' 2007 take on the Great Depression questions …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Feinstein: 'Right now, I don't have a comment' on impeaching Jay Bybee.  —  On MSNBC this afternoon, Andrea Mitchell asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to respond to Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D-MO) argument that the Senate has to “look” at the possible impeachment of Judge Jay Bybee …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MyDD
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Pulitzer-winning investigation that dare not be uttered on TV  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The New York Times' David Barstow won a richly deserved Pulitzer Prize yesterday for two articles that, despite being featured as major news stories on the front page of The Paper of Record …
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Health-Care Dialogue Alarms Obama's Allies  —  As Congress returns to begin an intense debate over reshaping the nation's $2.2 trillion health-care system, prominent left-leaning organizations and liberal House members are issuing a warning to their Democratic allies: Don't cave on us.
THE WEEK News & Opinion:
The Republicans' Paranoid Style  —  In 1964, historian Richard Hofstadter described “the paranoid style” as a periodic recurrence in American national life, characterized by “the use of paranoid modes of expressions by more or less normal people . . . heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy.”
Discussion: PoliGazette
Wall Street Journal:
Our Selective Moral Outrage  —  Why does Israel face more opprobrium than Russia?  —  Few places on earth have been as systematically brutalized over the past decade as Chechnya.  So you might have thought that the Russian government's decision last week to declare an end to its …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Rep Harman Did Urge Times Not To Publish Wiretapping Expose!  —  Whoa.  Dem Rep Jane Harman did in fact urge The New York Times not to publish its big expose of Bush-era warrantless wiretapping, apparently before the 2004 election, potentially changing the election's outcome and the course of history …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Shaka’ hang-loose for Navy  —  Proof that Barack Obama is from Hawaii:  —  At a ceremony honoring the Naval Academy's football team today, the president found some pride in the heritage of the team's head coach - Ken Niumatalolo - as well as that of its starting quarterback - Kaipo Noa Kaheaku Enhada.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Brooks / New York Times:
Big-Spending Conservative  —  We've all heard liberal speeches on the economy.  The central concern is inequality.  Power and wealth tend to concentrate at the top of society, so government must stand as a countervailing power.  It must defend the people against the powerful to ensure fairness and opportunity for all.
The Campaign Spot:
Meghan McCain Gives Rave Review to Eminem's Video Depicting Sex with Faux Sarah Palin  —  Okay, I had wanted to stay away from further focus on the Twitter exploits of Meghan McCain, the daughter of the 2008 presidential candidate.  But sometimes you just can't tear your eyes away.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obscene: Ahmadinejad entourage screams “Zionazi” at ... Elie Wiesel  —  Kaleidoscopic irony from the UN's Jew-bash bash in Geneva, as the world's most famous Holocaust survivor suffers the indignity of analogy to the people who murdered his family courtesy of the world's most famous Holocaust denier …
Discussion: Political Punch and Pajamas Media
 
 
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