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9:35 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 …
Dick Cheney / Fox News:
About This Video … MORE VIDEOS FROM FOX NEWS  —  ‘Hannity’ Exclusive  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney on the Obama administration ‘dismantling’ terrorism policies  —  Video|  Mon, 20 Apr 2009|  More from Politics  —  Joe Bidenfound at2:18, 2:37, 3:16
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Cheney: 'I don't think we've got much to apologize for'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The former vice president Dick Cheney is slamming President Obama's efforts to set a new tone for relations with the U.S. on the world stage.  —  “I guess I've been concerned the way that we've been presented overseas …
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: The New Ledger and RedState
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Cheney Keeps on Swinging
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gibbs: Obama's tiny, tiny budget cut is big money where I'm from
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Palmetto Scoop
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.
Discussion: The Page
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
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Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Media Cover Obama Like He's Ultimate A-List Celebrity
Discussion: Media Blog
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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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.
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
Globe and Mail:
Clinton, Bush booked for joint Toronto appearance  —  Event next month billed as a ‘conversation’ between the two most recent U.S. presidents  —  WASHINGTON — Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will appear together in Toronto next month on a public stage for the first time since …
Megan McArdle:
Did Chrysler Execs Tank the Company Over Compensation Fears?  —  The Washington Post is reporting that Chrysler executives turned down a cheap government loan and opted to use more expensive private financing rather than accept the new limits on executive pay.  This seems, to say the least, extremely odd.
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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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Chuck Neubauer / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and The Page
Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu won't attend AIPAC summit, asks Peres to represent Israel  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday canceled his plans to attend the upcoming AIPAC summit, after it became clear that US President Barack Obama would not meet him during the conference.
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
 
 
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