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2:25 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:
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who's Politicizing Intelligence Now?
Discussion: Power Line
The Politico:
Obama muddles torture message
Discussion: The Page, Hot Air and At-Largely
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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New York Times:
In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Look at Past Use
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
JANE MAYER: THOUGHTS ON THE LEVIN REPORT
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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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 …
Discussion: Gawker
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Freddie Mac Executive Found Dead
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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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?”
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
WH communications director leaving  —  President Obama is losing a member of his press shop just shy of his first 100 days in office.  —  Ellen Moran, White House communications director, will become chief of staff for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.  —  Mr. Obama issued a statement through …
Discussion: RedState
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IBDeditorials.com:
Getting It Right  —  Trade: Hugo Chavez may have gotten …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
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 …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Dems to brand GOP as party of Gingrich, Cheney  —  National Democrats are embarking on a new campaign to brand Republicans as a party led by widely unpopular faces like former Vice President Cheney.  —  The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday released a Web ad featuring Cheney …
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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 and The Daily Dish
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 …
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 …
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
Steve Schifferes / BBC:
‘Deeper’ recession ahead says IMF  —  The global economy is set to decline by 1.3% in 2009, in the first global recession since World War II, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.  —  In January, the IMF had predicted world output would increase by 0.5% in 2009.
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
High Unemployment States Have High Income Taxes or High Unionization or Both.  —  As the nation considers increasing marginal tax rates and facilitating greater union membership, I thought it might make sense to look at the states with the highest and lowest unemployment rates to see if there might be any relevant patterns.
Discussion: Reason
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
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: Wonkette
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.
Discussion: Salon, Felix Salmon and Clusterstock
 
 
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Clinton: interrogation officials should be reviewed
Discussion: The Page and New York Magazine
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Torture, Tactics, and Strategy
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Just Another Day At The Beach
Emptywheel:
Breaking: Torture Architect John Rizzo Still Working at CIA
Discussion: Think Progress
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Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
Obama won, now what does Maddow's future hold?
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The Hill:
Carbon Cap and Tax: Environmental Oppression You Can Count On …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
BBC:
UK unveils 50% top tax rate
Discussion: Clusterstock
New York Post:
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Discussion: Above the Law and Gothamist
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
How they lie: a case study
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