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7:15 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!  —  * That whole question of whether Dick Cheney asked the CIA to declassify and release intelligence supposedly proving that the torture worked?  Turns out Cheney made the request through the National Archives, a spokesperson for the archives confirms.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Stephen Gordon / The Next Right:   A sincere warning to big-government Republican politicians
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “In time of victory, why is the left so angry?”
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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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
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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain demands White House apology  —  (CNN) - A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security is downright “insulting” to veterans, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Monday.  —  In an interview on FOX News, the Vietnam veteran and former Republican presidential candidate …
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 …
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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New York Times:   Credit Markets Still Tight, Geithner Says
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and RedState
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.
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
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Go Organic — No Artificial Blogging.  Support Marcy Wheeler!  —  Yesterday, Marcy Wheeler made the front page of the New York Times with her scoop about about Khalid Sheik Mohammed being waterboarded 183 times in one month.  Her liveblogging of the Libby trial was one of the seminal moments …
Discussion: D-Day
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.
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
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Nonprofit Groups Seeking Exceptions to Lobby Rule
Discussion: The Plank
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
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Discussion: The Awl and First Reading
Lynn Berry / Associated Press:
Russia moves troops closer to Georgia's capital
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
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Gloria Borger / CNN:
A little outrage, please, Mr. President
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOU DO HERE?
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The Republicans' Paranoid Style
Discussion: PoliGazette