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3:45 AM ET, April 23, 2009

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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.
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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: Hullabaloo and CBS News
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Confronting the Bush Legacy, Reluctantly
Discussion: The Page and Think Progress
Fox News:
Obama Administration Wants Judge to Toss Embassy Hostage Suit
Discussion: Associated Press
Peter Hoekstra / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Knew About the Interrogations  —  Obama should release the memo on the attacks prevented.  —  Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair got it right last week when he noted how easy it is to condemn the enhanced interrogation program “on a bright sunny day in April 2009.”
Discussion: Alas, a blog, Flopping Aces and QandO
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Peter Wehner / The Corner:
The Whirligig of Time  —  Right now a frenzied mob on the Left …
Discussion: Commentary and The Plank
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 …
Ann Coulter / Yahoo! News:
NELL HUSBANDS MARTIN COULTER  —  A lot of people claim to be my No. 1 fan — God bless them — but my true No. 1 fan left this world last week.  My mother quietly stopped breathing last Tuesday, as she slept peacefully, holding my hand.  —  She was the biggest fan of all of us — Father, me and my brothers John and Jim.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Conservative reps. want Napolitano out  —  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.
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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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Pelosi Tells of a Briefing by Officials on Harman  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that she had been briefed by the Bush administration “maybe three years ago” that Representative Jane Harman, Democrat of California, had been picked …
Discussion: MyDD
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Paul Volpe / Capitol Briefing:
Pelosi Knew of Harman Wiretap
Discussion: The Raw Story, Raw Story and MSNBC
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: PoliGazette, Hot Air and Townhall.com
The Huffington Post:
Shepard Smith Uncensored: “We Are America, We Do Not F**king Torture!”  (VIDEO)  —  Update: scroll down for Smith's uncensored comments  —  Fox News viewers witnessed a rather incredible scene on Wednesday as anchor Shepard Smith and Fox contributor Judith Miller (of CIA leak infamy) …
CNN:
FDA to allow morning-after pill over the counter for 17-year-olds  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The “morning-after pill” will be available without a prescription to women 17 and older, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.  The minimum age has been 18.
Discussion: HotMES and Donklephant
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
F.D.A. Easing Access to ‘Morning After’ Pill for 17-Year-Olds
Discussion: Gothamist
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) asked him to resist prosecuting Bush administration officials who wrote legal memos authorizing torture.
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
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 …
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton: Cheney Not a Reliable Source  —  House Republicans today tried to pummel Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with questions about the administration's decision to release Justice Department memos permitting tough interrogation techniques of detainees, but she gave no ground.
Discussion: Capital J | JTA
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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 …
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 …
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.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
D.C's ghoulish response to suicides  —  It's the nature of Washington to search for and usually find a politically charged subtext to any news event.  But that instinct is never more ghoulish when the event is the sudden death of an important person by his own hand.
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: The Page and RedState
 
 
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