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6:25 PM ET, April 22, 2009

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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Hillary Clinton Questions Dick Cheney's Credibility  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports: Hillary Clinton stepped directly into the middle of this week's political fray when she questioned former Vice President Dick Cheney's credibility on the torture memos recently released by the Obama administration.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cheney hits Obama again: ‘Devastating’ economic policies  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama's expansion of the federal government into the financial sector is likely to have “devastating” effects in the long term, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in his latest salvo directed at the new White House administration.
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Did the Times bury its story on interrogations' effectiveness?  —  If you go to Memeorandum, the most talked-about story on the Web today, or at least as of 11:20 this morning, is Peter Baker's New York Times piece, “Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says.”  The story begins:
The Politico:
Obama muddles torture message  —  President Barack Obama's attempt to project legal and moral clarity on coercive CIA interrogation methods has instead done the opposite — creating confusion and political vulnerability over an issue that has inflamed both the left and right.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Page
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who's Politicizing Intelligence Now?
Discussion: Commentary and Power Line
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Report: Abusive tactics were used to find Iraq-al Qaida link  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration put relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime …
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The Huffington Post:
MoveOn Torture Ad Highlights Cheney For Investigation  —  MoveOn.org is set to launch an aggressive new ad campaign calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the use of torture during the Bush administration and even raising the specter of targeting former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘COLONELS IN MIRRORED SUNGLASSES’.... I can appreciate why Karl Rove is upset about recent revelations about Bush administration torture policies.  After all, who wants their friends and colleagues to end up looking like war criminals?  Rove has a specific job to do: make Bush and his team look better …
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
JANE MAYER: THOUGHTS ON THE LEVIN REPORT
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Confronting the Bush Legacy, Reluctantly  —  The legacy of George W. Bush continues to haunt President Obama's administration.  Try as he might, the president is finding it difficult to close the books on Bush's presidency.  —  That's the underlying message of the uproar over the release …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Page
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Scott Horton / Blogs and Stories:
Obama v. the Justice Department
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Matt Drudge — Nowhere Man?  —  (Photo by Jenny Zeiner for Washington Post)  —  Loyal Fix readers know that we follow the movements of one Matt Drudge — and his eponymous Web site — quite closely.  —  Why?  Because, despite any number of critics across the media sphere …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and PoliGazette
Michael P. Tremoglie / thebulletin.us:
Earth Day Philly Style  —  Environmentalist Loved Planet, Murdered Girlfriend  —  Today is Earth Day, a holiday created to honor the planet and to raise the consciousness of man's effect on the environment.  Philadelphia has a very strong tie to this day.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Townhall.com
National Post:
The border for dummies  —  Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job?  She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.  —  In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Debates Strip Search of Student  —  WASHINGTON — The United States Supreme Court spent an hour on Tuesday debating what middle school students are apt to put in their underwear and what should be done about it.  —  Justice Stephen G. Breyer, for instance, said it struck him as …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Levi Johnston's shockingly candid answers to CNN's Larry King  —  Well, once again Larry King's bookers have got the big get — Levi Johnston is scheduled to be on the CNN show tonight, unless his pickup breaks down in Saskatchewan.  —  It's billed as an “exclusive” — at least for this week.
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh  —  Police in Uniform Join In as Victim Is Whipped, Beaten, Electrocuted, Run Over by SUV  —  A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country's royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Who's More Popular Than Republicans These Days?  —  Yes, stealing this blatantly off of a liberal website, but it explains why the White House is so confident and has so much breathing room: As Chris Bowers writes: “A new CNN poll has found that Venezuela — an anti-American, socialist-block forming …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
wtopnews.com:
Acting Freddie Mac CFO commits suicide  —  VIENNA, Va. — David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac, committed suicide in his Hunter Mill Estates home Wednesday morning.  He hanged himself.  —  Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Mary Anne Jennings tells WTOP police responded …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democrats Consider Bypassing G.O.P. on Health Care Plan  —  WASHINGTON — With solid majorities in both houses of Congress, Democrats are tempted to use their political muscle to speed passage of health care legislation with minimal concessions to the Republican minority.
Discussion: The Page and Prairie Weather
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Fuzzy Math  —  According to an MIT study, cap and trade could cost the average household more than $3,900 per year.  —  It's just another inconvenient truth: If Americans want any of the government remedies that would supposedly save a planet allegedly imperiled by global warming, it's going to cost them.
Dafna Linzer / ProPublica:
Dozens of Prisoners Held by CIA Still Missing, Fates Unknown  —  Last week, we pointed out that one of the newly released Bush-era memos inadvertently confirmed that the CIA held an al-Qaeda suspect named Hassan Ghul in a secret prison and subjected him to what Bush administration lawyers called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
The Hill:
Stopping Dem 60 ‘real hard,’ Cornyn fears  —  The man in charge of electing more Republicans to the Senate said it will be difficult to stop the Democrats from winning a 60-seat majority in 2010.  —  Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the new head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee …
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Transportation Dept. Reverses FAA on Bird Strike Data  —  The Department of Transportation is preparing to reject a proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration that would keep secret data about where and when birds strike airplanes.  —  The FAA last month quietly posted a proposal …
Discussion: The Swamp and Sunlight Foundation
Michelle Malkin:
$%^&*!!: Civility and tolerance in the Age of Obama  —  My syndicated column today looks at the outbreak of Obama-esque discourse across the country.  Couldn't even mention some of the misogynist sleaze prompted by the Tea Party movement because newspapers wouln't print it.  And they call us an “unhinged mob?”
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
The Whirligig of Time  —  Right now a frenzied mob on the Left and in some quarters in the media has been stirred up on the matter of enhanced interrogation techniques.  What we need is a calm, careful review of the facts and the issues, which can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Discussion: Commentary and The Plank
Kate Barrett / The Note:
Leahy Will Defy Obama to Pursue Bush-Era Torture Inquiry  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: Sen. Patrick Leahy pledged today that if he cannot get the votes to create a bipartisan commission to investigate U.S. torture policy under former President George W. Bush …
The Huffington Post:
Bonuses To New York Times Execs Under Fire  —  At a time when New York Times managers are forcing all employees to take a five percent pay cut, and demanding even larger sacrifices from the NYT-owned Boston Globe, top executives of the beleaguered newspaper received substantial bonus …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EXPLAINING THE LACK OF OUTRAGE.... Jonathan Martin has a fairly long, 1,600-word piece today, exploring why President Obama is largely unaffected by the controversies the right has tried to gin up. … Martin, trying to get to the bottom of this, considers a few angles, including the lack …
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Presses for ‘Truth Commission’  —  Greg Hitt reports on Congress.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pressed the case for creation of a special “truth commission” to investigate the interrogation of terror suspects during the Bush administration.  —  The California Democrat …
Discussion: RedState and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Same As the Old Cheney  —  Lately Josh Marshall's been kicking around the question of how Dick Cheney, chief of staff to Gerald Ford and defense secretary to George H.W. Bush, turned into the Dick Cheney, sociopath and vice president, that we all know and despise.  —  This is an interesting question.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Will The Tea Parties Matter?  —  The elite media tried to ignore us.  —  The government labeled us “extremists.”  —  But on April 15, more than one million Americans came together, spontaneously, to defend fairness and freedom.  —  I know because Callista and I were there.  Here is our story.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
 
 
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