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12:00 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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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.
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 …
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 Commentary
Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Hillary Clinton Questions Dick Cheney's Credibility
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
JANE MAYER: THOUGHTS ON THE LEVIN REPORT
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who's Politicizing Intelligence Now?
Discussion: Power Line
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Analysis: Interrogation debate testing White House
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Obama's Intel Chief Really Believes About Torture...
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Report Details Origins of Bush-Era Interrogation Policies
Discussion: Danger Room, ATTACKERMAN and Salon
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Intelligence Chief Says Methods Hurt U.S.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Think Progress
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 …
CBS News:
Freddie Mac Exec Found Dead At Home
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Agitator
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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 …
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
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Historian Michael Oren to be Israel's ambassador to Washington, reports say
MSNBC:
Gates may recommend new ‘Cyber Command’  —  Separate military command would battle growing hacker threat  —  While no final decisions have been made, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to recommend the creation of a new military command to face the growing threat from cyber warfare …
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
A Pentagon Cyber-Command Is in the Works
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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.
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Global economy is expected to shrink this year
Discussion: The Page
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.
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David Cho / Washington Post:
Geithner Hints at High Bar In Letting Banks Repay Aid
Discussion: The Page
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?”
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
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.
IBDeditorials.com:
Getting It Right  —  Trade: Hugo Chavez may have gotten a grinning handshake from President Obama in Trinidad.  But it was our authentic friend and ally, Colombia, that got substance.  The president got one right.  —  Read More: Budget & Tax Policy  —  There was quite a media din …
Discussion: Hot Air
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Pataki Heads to Iowa to Slam Obama's First 100 Days  —  Former New York Governor's Wednesday Speech Stokes 2012 Speculation  —  Former Republican New York Gov. George Pataki heads to Iowa Wednesday to deliver a scathing critique of President Obama's first 100 days in office.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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The Hill:
Carbon Cap and Tax: Environmental Oppression You Can Count On …
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BBC:
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New York Post:
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The Hill:
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CNN:
Shirtless Obama to appear on magazine cover
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Associated Press:
Fidel Castro says Obama misinterpreted his brother's remarks
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NY Daily News:
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