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4:20 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:
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who's Politicizing Intelligence Now?
Discussion: Commentary, Power Line and The Note
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
When Hope is the Enemy of Change
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 …
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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 …
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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Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Fidel Castro: Obama ‘misinterpreted’ Raul's words  —  HAVANA - Fidel Castro says President Barack Obama “misinterpreted” his brother Raul's remarks regarding the United States and bristled at the suggestion that Cuba should free political prisoners or cut taxes on dollars people send to the island.
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Morgan Neill / CNN:
Obama misread Cuban offer, Castro says
Discussion: TVNewser
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.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rove claims prosecuting torture memo authors will turn Obama admin “into the moral equivalent of a Latin American country run by colonels in mirrored sunglasses”
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘COLONELS IN MIRRORED SUNGLASSES’.... I can appreciate why Karl Rove …
Discussion: Alas, a blog
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 and Rachel Lucas
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CTV.ca:
U.S. security boss clarifies comments about border
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
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: Townhall.com and Moonbattery
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?”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
First Movers  —  Bronnenberg, Dhar and Dube report on first mover advantage in consumer packaged goods brands: … Tyler Cowen remarks: … This reminds me of Andrew Gelman's map of Starbucks vs Wal-Mart.  Here's Starbucks:  —  And here's Wal-Mart:  —  You see some of the stereotype …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why is Heinz Ketchup still so popular in Pittsburgh?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Clinton on Cheney: 'It won't surprise you that I don't consider him a particularly reliable source.'  —  In testimony today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) that she did not view former Vice President Cheney as a …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Clinton: interrogation officials should be reviewed
Discussion: The Page
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.
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 …
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 …
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
New Guinea Tribe Sues The ‘New Yorker’ For $10 Million  —  They challenge a story depicting them as rapists, murderers and pig thieves.  —  In an April 21, 2008, New Yorker story, “Vengeance Is Ours,” Pulitzer Prize-winning geography scholar Jared Diamond describes blood feuds that rage …
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.”
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Hoyer Voices Concern Over Wiretapping of Members  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday he had “great concern” over news reports that Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) was wiretapped during a federal probe into Israeli agents, and he vowed to personally look into whether …
Discussion: The Caucus, D-Day and rubber hose
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
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Blames America  —  Demonizing Harry Truman may not play well with voters.  —  The president of the United States has completed another outing abroad in his now standard form: as the un-Bush.  At one stop after another — the latest in Latin America, where Hugo Chávez expressed wishes …
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Al-Qaida's plot to bomb the Library Tower was not worth torturing anyone over.  —  The Library Tower?  Is that the best that Bush's torture apologists can do?  —  On April 16, the Obama administration publicly released four Justice Department memos, now repudiated, in which President George …
 
 
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Zahid Hussain / Wall Street Journal:
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Jim Manzi / The Corner:
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Dems to brand GOP as party of Gingrich, Cheney
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
WH communications director leaving
Discussion: RedState
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Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
Obama won, now what does Maddow's future hold?
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BBC:
Tax rise as UK debt hits record
Discussion: Clusterstock
IBDeditorials.com:
Getting It Right  —  Trade: Hugo Chavez may have gotten …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Hot Air
Steve Schifferes / BBC:
‘Deeper’ recession ahead says IMF
Discussion: Truthdig
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