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1:20 PM ET, April 22, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who's Politicizing Intelligence Now?
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SECOND HALF OF THE ARTICLE.... Adm. Dennis C. Blair …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
The Politico:
Obama muddles torture message
Discussion: The Page and Washington Post
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cheney hits Obama again: ‘Devastating’ economic policies
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
JANE MAYER: THOUGHTS ON THE LEVIN REPORT
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 and Glenn Thrush's Blog
CBS News:
Freddie Mac Exec Found Dead At Home
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Freddie Mac Executive Found Dead
Fox News:
Freddie Mac CFO Found Dead of Apparent Suicide
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?”
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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David Cho / Washington Post:
Geithner Hints at High Bar In Letting Banks Repay Aid
Discussion: The Page
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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
Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
Obama won, now what does Maddow's future hold?  —  The left-leaning host of an MSNBC show sees a ratings drop, but remains committed to asking the tough questions.  —  When MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” debuted during the historic campaign of Barack Obama, the program's ratings soared and made its host a breakout star on cable.
Discussion: Z on TV
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
 
 
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Emptywheel:
Breaking: Torture Architect John Rizzo Still Working at CIA
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Clinton: diplomacy on Iran could lead to sanctions
Discussion: Reuters
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Reps. look to cut ties between earmarks, donations
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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
CNN:
Shirtless Obama to appear on magazine cover
Discussion: Townhall.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
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