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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama's national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
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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 …
New York Times:
In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Their Past Use  —  WASHINGTON — The program began with Central Intelligence Agency leaders in the grip of an alluring idea: They could get tough in terrorist interrogations without risking legal trouble by adopting a set of methods used on Americans during military training.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SECOND HALF OF THE ARTICLE.... Adm. Dennis C. Blair, President Obama's national intelligence director, told colleagues in a private memo last week that the Bush administration's detainee abuse did, in fact, produce “high value information” about al Qaeda.  —  “A ha!” conservatives say.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Harsh Tactics Readied Before Their Approval  —  Intelligence and military officials under the Bush administration began preparing to conduct harsh interrogations long before they were granted legal approval to use such methods — and weeks before the CIA captured its first high-ranking terrorism suspect …
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
JANE MAYER: THOUGHTS ON THE LEVIN REPORT
CNN:
Memo: Obama's Intel Director said interrogations yielded “high value” Info
Discussion: Townhall.com
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Obama's Intel Chief Really Believes About Torture...
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Intelligence Chief Says Methods Hurt U.S.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Think Progress
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Report Details Origins of Bush-Era Interrogation Policies
Discussion: Salon and ATTACKERMAN
Washington Post:
Freddie Mac Official Dead in Apparent Suicide  —  The acting chief financial officer of troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead in his Fairfax County home early this morning after apparently committing suicide, Fairfax police said.  —  David Kellermann, 41, was a longtime Freddie Mac executive …
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WTOP.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.  —  Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Mary Anne Jennings tells WTOP police responded to the Kellermann home …
CBS News:
Freddie Mac Exec Found Dead At Home
Discussion: JustOneMinute and On Deadline
Associated Press:
Reports: Freddie Mac official found dead
Discussion: The Page
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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Washington Post:
Israel Puts Iran Issue Ahead of Palestinians  —  JERUSALEM — The new Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon and limit Tehran's rising influence in the region …
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Dylan Matthews / American Prospect:
AMBASSADOR OREN.  —  For those of us with a weird obsession …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, The Cable and CNN
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
A Pentagon Cyber-Command Is in the Works  —  The Obama administration is finalizing plans for a new Pentagon command to coordinate the security of military computer networks and to develop new offensive cyber-weapons, sources said last night.  —  Planning for the reorganization of Defense Department …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
How they lie: a case study  —  Did an Obama judicial nominee really express a preference for Allah over Jesus?  No, not by a long shot  —  From the second I read the sentence, I knew there was something fishy about it.  Many years' experience in reading and then looking into rightwing canards set off …
Discussion: rubber hose and alicublog
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Muslim who called for engagement with Muslim Brotherhood to advise White House  —  Mogahed, along with John Esposito, cooked the results of a Gallup survey of Muslims to increase the number of “moderates.”  —  Mogahed was also a member of U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, which called for engagement with Muslim Brotherhood.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Noha El-Hennawy / Los Angeles Times:   Muslim woman's appointment as Obama advisor draws cautious optimism
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 …
Discussion: RedState and DownWithTyranny!
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.
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 …
Discussion: Commentary
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?”
Discussion: Fox News and Riehl World View
John Boehner / Townhall.com:
Debt Day: A Symbol of Washington's Arrogant Culture of Borrowing and Spending  —  Next week, the Obama Administration will mark its 100th day in power.  The first three-plus months of this Administration have been turbulent, to say the least.  Confronted with the most severe economic crisis in generations …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
CNN:
Shirtless Obama to appear on magazine cover  —  (CNN) - It's not every day a President of the United States lands shirtless on a magazine cover.  —  But the May issue of Washingtonian Magazine, to hit newsstands Wednesday, is causing a bit of a sizzle inside the beltway.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Portfolio:
The Re-Education of Tim Geithner  —  In his worst moments, when the camera lights are ­burning and the doubt, the contempt, in the Capitol Hill hearing rooms become palpable, Tim Geithner has a look in his eye—at once wary and alarmed, even as he speaks quickly, sometimes interrupting, sometimes repeating his talking points.
Associated Press:
Fidel Castro says Obama misinterpreted his brother's remarks  —  The former Cuban president rejects suggestions that the island should free political prisoners or cut taxes on remittances from the U.S.  —  HAVANA — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said President Obama misinterpreted remarks …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Don Surber
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
To Tweet or Not to Tweet  —  Alfred Hitchcock would have loved the Twitter headquarters here.  Birds gathering everywhere, painted on the wall in flocks, perched on the coffee table, stitched on pillows and framed on the wall with a thought bubble asking employees to please tidy up after themselves.
 
 
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