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10:05 PM ET, April 22, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Did the Times bury its story on interrogations' effectiveness?
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.
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Scott Horton / Blogs and Stories:
Obama v. the Justice Department  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast has learned that department lawyers are “incensed” at the White House for waging a frontal assault on their independence to prosecute over torture.  —  On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel …
Washington Post:
Top Bush Officials Approved of Harsh Interrogations as Early as Summer 2002  —  Condoleezza Rice, John D. Ashcroft and other top Bush administration officials reviewed and approved as early as the summer of 2002 the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods on detainees at secret prisons …
Discussion: CBS News and Hullabaloo
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Confronting the Bush Legacy, Reluctantly
Discussion: Think Progress and The Page
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
House GOP wants to oust Napolitano  —  House Republicans are calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down or be fired in the wake of a controversial department memo that has sparked indignant battle cries from conservatives and some veterans.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and PrairiePundit
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CTV.ca:
U.S. security boss clarifies comments about border  —  The U.S. Homeland Security chief has clarified earlier remarks that suggested the 9-11 terrorists entered the U.S. through Canada.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made the comments during a media interview earlier this week …
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Source: Wiretap Caught Harman Discussing Pelosi Fundraising Flap  —  California Democrat Jane Harman, battling a controversy over her interactions with a suspected Israeli spy, was overheard on a 2005 wiretap discussing a failed fundraising ploy designed to get her named chairman …
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Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap
Discussion: Kausfiles, TPMMuckraker and MSNBC
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Hoyer Voices Concern Over Wiretapping of Members
Discussion: D-Day and rubber hose
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
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Search Me  —  The Supreme Court is neither hot nor bothered by strip searches.  —  When constitutional historians sit down someday to compile the definitive Supreme Court Concordance of Not Getting It, the entry directly next to Lilly Ledbetter ("Court fails utterly to understand realities …
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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
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Drama at GE shareholders meeting  —  ‘Open hostility’ toward execs over MSNBC's ‘leftward tilt’  —  Things got testy Wednesday at the GE shareholders meeting courtesy of several complaints about political bias at its media division, NBC Universal.  —  Just don't expect to see the fireworks …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Torture: Who Was In The Key Meetings?  —  This newly declassified history comes courtesy of Sen. Jay Rockefeller and the Senate intelligence committee.  It includes a bit of information about the post 2005 Office of Legal Counsel memoranda and provides independent confirmation for the disclosure …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Reid, Rockefeller want interrogation decisions delayed
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
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
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Ivy Leaguer ‘infiltrates’ Falwell's university  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kevin Roose managed to blend in during his single semester at Liberty University, attending lectures on the myth of evolution and the sin of homosexuality, and joining fellow students on a mission trip to evangelize partyers on spring break.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
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: Don Surber and The Daily Dish
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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.
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
Rasmussen Reports:
60% Say Government Has Too Much Power, Too Much Money  —  Sixty percent (60%) of Americans say the federal government has too much power and too much money, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.  —  Just nine percent (9%) say the government has too little power and money.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Two Days After Defending Waterboarding, Lieberman Now Claims He's ‘Strongly Opposed’ To It  —  In a letter to President Obama today, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) asking him to resist prosecuting Bush administration officials who wrote legal memos authorizing torture.
Discussion: Balance of Power
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, The Page and TalkLeft
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Kerry aims to rescue newspapers  —  The “death of newspapers” has drawn powerful political interest.  —  Troubled by the possible shuttering of his hometown paper, Sen. John Kerry reached out to the Boston Globe on Tuesday, then called for Senate hearings to address the woes of the nation's print media.
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
The Recount Will Go On: NY-20 Judge Says Residency Objections Will Be Heard ‘Case by Case’  —  <!—[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]—><!— [if gte mso 9]> <![endif]—><!— [if !mso]> <![endif]—>  —  ALBANY—The ballot-counting the race …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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.
 
 
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James C. Capretta / The Corner:
Re: Not Secretary Sebelius Yet
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
As Housing Market Dips, More in U.S. Are Staying Put
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Urges Passage of Energy Legislation
Discussion: The Politico
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Transportation Dept. Reverses FAA on Bird Strike Data
Discussion: The Swamp and Sunlight Foundation
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
The Whirligig of Time  —  Right now a frenzied mob on the Left …
Discussion: Commentary and The Plank
Wall Street Journal:
GM Is Becoming a Royal Debacle
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