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2:05 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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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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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Enhanced Interrogations Worked  —  In releasing highly classified documents on the CIA interrogation program last week, President Obama declared that the techniques used to question captured terrorists “did not make us safer.”  This is patently false.  The proof is in the memos Obama made public …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Politicizing Intelligence, Obama-style (cont'd)
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Cheney Keeps on Swinging  —  Former vice president Dick Cheney continued his one-man assault on President Obama, issuing a broad condemnation of the White House — from its handling of the CIA interrogation memos to the handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez …
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Cheney: 'I don't think we've got much to apologize for'
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Is Cheney Panicking?  —  The one thing you saw most plainly …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
DOJ Sits on Secret CIA Interrogation Memo
Discussion: Emptywheel and ATTACKERMAN
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Rep Harman Did Urge Times Not To Publish Wiretapping Expose!  —  Whoa.  Dem Rep Jane Harman did in fact urge The New York Times not to publish its big expose of Bush-era warrantless wiretapping, apparently before the 2004 election, potentially changing the election's outcome and the course of history …
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Washington Wire:
Letter to Holder: Harman Seeks Release of Spy Case Transcripts
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Blago Blog:
Judge tells Blagojevich he can't go to Costa Rica for reality show  —  Rod Blagojevich enters Dirksen Federal Building four a court hearing Tuesday morning.  (Brian Jackson/Sun-Times)  —  A federal judge said that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich cannot go to Costa Rica to film a reality show.
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Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich's reality show on court's agenda
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Page
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.
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 and The Note
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.
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 …
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.
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Sebelius wins committee approval as HHS secretary  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won Senate committee approval as health and human services secretary Tuesday despite opposition from Republicans critical of her ties to a late-term abortion doctor.
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
National service bill to get Obama's signature  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - People who want to give back to their communities through service will get more opportunities to do so under a bill being signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
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
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 …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
FBI's newest ‘Most Wanted’ terrorist is American  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - A fugitive animal rights activist charged with bombing two California offices has become the first domestic terrorist named to the FBI's list of “Most Wanted” terror suspects.
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
Jeffrey Goldberg:
One Small Observation on the Jane Harman Case  —  Congresswoman Jane Harman is in a pickle this week after Jeff Stein at CQ reported that an NSA wiretap caught her wheeling and dealing with a suspected Israeli agent (for more on this complicated matter, see Laura Rozen's invaluable blog).
 
 
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Ranking Senate partisans
Discussion: MSNBC and Swampland
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Visclosky Seeks to Use Campaign Funds for Legal Defense
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
VIDEO: Logan: I'm no D.C. socialite
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Pelosi, other Dem leaders pressure members to oppose ethics measure
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
Paul Krugman:
$100 million here, $100 million there  —  “pretty soon …
Melita Marie Garza / Bloomberg:
Caterpillar Says Obama Stimulus Plan ‘Missed an Opportunity’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mike / Rortybomb:
Ban Mortgage Prepayment Penalties at the Federal Level, 1: Texas
Discussion: Portfolio and The Opinionator
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