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6:40 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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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 …
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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?
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Open Thread: Cheney Mystery Solved!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cheney Spox Refuses To Explain His “Formal” Request For CIA Torture Intel
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” …
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
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: Townhall.com
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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Weekly Standard
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 …
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 …
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.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Planet  —  When the first Earth Day took place in 1970, American environmentalists had good reason to feel guilty.  The nation's affluence and advanced technology seemed so obviously bad for the planet that they were featured in a famous equation developed …
Discussion: Salon
John / Power Line:
Criminalizing Conservatism  —  Many liberals don't just want to defeat conservatives at the polls, they want to send them to jail.  Toward that end, they have sometimes tried to criminalize what are essentially policy differences.  President Obama hinted at another step in that direction …
Discussion: Associated Press and Lean Left
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Bank Profits Appear Out of Thin Air  —  This is starting to feel like amateur hour for aspiring magicians.  —  Another day, another attempt by a Wall Street bank to pull a bunny out of the hat, showing off an earnings report that it hopes will elicit oohs and aahs from the market.
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Nonprofit Groups Seeking Exceptions to Lobby Rule
Discussion: The Plank
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Members battle the bulge
Discussion: The Awl and First Reading
Lynn Berry / Associated Press:
Russia moves troops closer to Georgia's capital
Gloria Borger / CNN:
A little outrage, please, Mr. President
Discussion: David Rothkopf and Commentary
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Shaka’ hang-loose for Navy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The Campaign Spot:
Meghan McCain Gives Rave Review to Eminem's Video Depicting Sex with Faux Sarah Palin
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obscene: Ahmadinejad entourage screams “Zionazi” at ... Elie Wiesel
Discussion: Political Punch
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Gitmo  —  Helen Thomas: Why is the president blocking …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Justice  —  I'm so old I can remember those ancient days …
Discussion: Salon
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
Franken lawyers seek expedited handling of appeal
Discussion: The Page
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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