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10:10 AM ET, April 22, 2009

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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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The New Ledger and RedState
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Intelligence Chief Says Methods Hurt U.S.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Think Progress
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 …
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CBS News:
Freddie Mac Exec Found Dead At Home  —  David Kellermann, Acting Chief Financial Officer Of Embattled Mortgage Company, Committed Suicide  —  (WUSA) A top executive at Freddie Mac was found dead Wednesday morning from an apparent suicide, according to CBS affiliate WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: On Deadline
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 …
Associated Press:
Reports: Freddie Mac official found dead  —  WASHINGTON - David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what broadcast reports said was an apparent suicide.  —  WUSA-TV and WTOP Radio reported that David Kellermann was found dead in his Northern Virginia home.
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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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Report Details Origins of Bush-Era Interrogation Policies
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon and ATTACKERMAN
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Report Gives New Detail on Approval of Brutal Techniques
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Politico
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Agitator and PrairiePundit
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: Don Surber
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
ABCNEWS:
RFK Jr. Blasts Obama as ‘Indentured Servant’ to Coal Industry  —  Critics Say Clean Coal Is a Boondoggle; ‘Clean Coal Is a Dirty Lie’  —  “Clean coal is a dirty lie,” says environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who calls President Barack Obama and other politicians who commit taxpayer money to develop it …
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and RedState
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Brad / Wonk Room:
On Earth Day Eve, ABC And Huffington Post Call Obama An 'Indentured …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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 …
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: Clusterstock and The Big Picture
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Fertility expert: ‘I can clone a human being’  —  Controversial doctor filmed creating embryos before injecting them into wombs of women wanting cloned babies  —  A controversial fertility doctor claimed yesterday to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: The Gore-acle's Influence  —  Former vice president Al Gore has emerged as a key behind-the-scenes counselor to the White House and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate on a variety of issues including his trademark push to curb global warming.
NY Daily News:
Somali pirate's smile turns to tears; could face life  —  Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, right, cries as the judge asks his lawyer, Phillip Weinstein, about Muse's age in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday.  The judge ruled he could be tried as an adult.  —  A Somali sea bandit wept as he was hit …
Mary Kate Cary / US News:
Democrats Hysterical Over Tea Party Republicans  —  By Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog  —  Why is the left so angry?  It's a question posed by columnist Byron York today, and he's got a great point.  With control of House, Senate, and White House, you'd think they'd be sitting on top of the world.
John Cook / Gawker:
Matt Drudge Goes Into Hiding  —  Days after Matt Drudge popped up to tell New York magazine about how he doesn't enjoy having sex with men, The New Republic looks into his descent into Howard Hughes-like isolation.  —  As Gabriel Sherman puts it, Drudge fears the media …
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: DownWithTyranny!
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Housing Crisis, the End Probably Isn't Near  —  The closest thing to a real estate crystal ball in the last few years has been the house auctions that are regularly held around the country.  —  In 2006 and early 2007, the official housing statistics were still showing that house prices were holding up.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Jennifer Quinn / Associated Press:
Scientists discover a nearly Earth-sized planet  —  HATFIELD, England - In the search for Earth-like planets, astronomers zeroed in Tuesday on two places that look awfully familiar to home.  One is close to the right size.  The other is in the right place.
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama rekindles debate over Truth Commission
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Haaretz:
Lieberman: U.S. to accept any Israeli decision
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Senator McConnell blasts plan to close Guantanamo
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Signs Volunteer Bill With Nod to Kennedy Era
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Out  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse predicted on MSNBC …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Journalism organization opposes Fairness Doctrine
Discussion: Liberal Values and Stop The ACLU
Gene Healy / Cato Institute:
Of Course It Was Torture  —  This article appeared in the DC Examiner on April 20, 2009.
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain demands White House apology
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