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10:00 AM ET, April 21, 2009

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New York Times:
Obama Urges C.I.A. Not to Be Discouraged by Memos  —  WASHINGTON — Pressure mounted on President Obama on Monday for more thorough investigation into harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects under the Bush administration, even as he tried to reassure the Central Intelligence Agency …
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Drudge Report:
Cheney Calls For More CIA Reports To Be Declassified  —  “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn't put out the memos that showed the success of the effort.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:   Cheney Slams Obama Again, Calls Overseas Trips “Disturbing” (VIDEO)
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 Page and The Hill
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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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
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.
John Crawley / Reuters:
U.S. to give Chrysler, GM new aid  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will make about $500 million available to Chrysler LLC through the end of this month as it seeks to reach an alliance with Fiat, and up to $5 billion through May to help General Motors Corp restructure outside of bankruptcy …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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
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Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Media Cover Obama Like He's Ultimate A-List Celebrity
Discussion: Media Blog
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Commentary, Jay Bookman and marbury
Mitt Romney / National Review:
A Timid Advocate of Freedom  —  At last week's Summit of the Americas, President Obama acquiesced to a 50-minute attack on America as terroristic, expansionist, and interventionist from Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.  His response to Ortega's denunciation of our effort to free Cuba …
The Politico:
Why Republicans are 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 …
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.
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
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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James Hider / Times of London:
Iraqi children trained by al-Qaeda to be suicide bombers
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
With Son in Remission, Family Looks for Coverage
Discussion: WSJ.com and Swampland
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Murtha's Defense Earmarks Draw Questions
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Lamine Chikhi / Reuters:
Crackdown on al Qaeda hits Algeria's potato crop
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Holly K. Hacker / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research sues state over denial …
Ron Howard / The Huffington Post:
Angels & Demons: It's A Thriller, Not A Crusade
Discussion: TPMCafe and Christianity Today