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10:10 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 …
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?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama's national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
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.
John / Power Line:
Criminalizing Conservatism
Discussion: Associated Press, Lean Left and MyDD
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cheney Spox Refuses To Explain His “Formal” Request For CIA Torture Intel
Discussion: Daily Kos, Balloon Juice and Salon
Fox News:
Analysts Question Legality of Targeting Lawyers in ‘Torture’ Inquiry
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 …
Discussion: The Cable
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NPR:
Harman ‘Outraged’ Over Alleged Wiretapping  —  Listen Now  —  · This week, Congressional Quarterly and later The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency had recorded a telephone conversation between Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) and someone who was seeking Harman's support …
CNN:
Rep. calls alleged wiretap ‘abuse of power’
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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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Fox News:
Former VP Dick Cheney on Obama Administration ‘Dismantling’ Terrorism Policies
Discussion: The Nation
Gloria Borger / CNN:
A little outrage, please, Mr. President
Discussion: David Rothkopf
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
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.
Discussion: American Power and GayPatriot
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   “In time of victory, why is the left so angry?”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: OxBlog, Wonk Room and Raw Story
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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 …
Dr. Sanity:
THE POLIITICAL LEFT: UNITED IN HATE WITH AMERICA'S FOES  —  Cliff May reminds us that there is a reason why the political left in this country has made common cause with Militant Islamists: … In the few short months that the dedicated leftist Barack Obama has been in the White House …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Pajamas Media
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 …
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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 …
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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich's reality show on court's agenda  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich may learn today if a federal judge will allow him to leave the country to participate in a reality TV show.  —  Lawyers who represent Blagojevich in his pending corruption trial are scheduled to appear at 11 a.m …
Discussion: The Page and New York Magazine
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Ben Jackson / The Sun:
Fatties cause global warming  —  Scientists warned that the increase in big-eaters means more food production — a major cause of CO2 gas emissions warming the planet.  —  Overweight people are also more likely to drive, adding to environmental damage.  —  Dr Phil Edwards …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Commentary
John Cook / Gawker:
Matt Drudge Goes Into Hiding  —  Days after Matt Drudge popped up to tell New York magazine about how he doesn't enjoy having sex with men, The New Republic looks into his descent into Howard Hughes-like isolation.  —  As Gabriel Sherman puts it, Drudge fears the media …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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 …
Robert M. Solow / New York Review of Books:
How to Understand the Disaster  —  A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression  —  Harvard University Press, 346 pp., $23.95  —  No one can possibly know how long the current recession will last or how deep it will go.  That is because the dangerous combination of the …
Discussion: Clusterstock
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bill Clinton: Volunteerism times three  —  There was a lot of glory to go around today, in the president's signing of a bill tripling the federal government's commitment to the support of volunteerism.  —  For President Barack Obama, who signed the $1.1 billion appropriation that he sought …
ABCNEWS:
Police Say Accused Craigslist Killer Owed Gambling Debts  —  Philip Markoff Allegedly Hit Connecticut Casino After Killing, Source Tells ABC News  —  Philip Markoff, the accused “Craigslist killer” currently being held in Boston on murder charges, gambled all night at the Foxwoods Casino …
Discussion: New York Times, Gothamist and Gawker
Associated Press:
Somali Charged With Piracy in Attack on U.S. Ship  —  The sole survivor of a pirate attack on an American cargo ship off the Somali coast was charged as an adult Tuesday with piracy.  —  U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck said Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse could be treated as an adult in U.S. courts …
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
Stephen Gordon / The Next Right:
A sincere warning to big-government Republican politicians  —  As I've said, before we focus on winning back majority status, the first priority must be reforming the Republican Party.  - Jon Henke  —  Shortly after I wrote this quick piece for the Alabama Republican Liberty Caucus website …
Discussion: PoliGazette
 
 
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