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2:15 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.
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.
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Al-Qaida's plot to bomb the Library Tower was not worth torturing anyone over.  —  The Library Tower?  Is that the best that Bush's torture apologists can do?  —  On April 16, the Obama administration publicly released four Justice Department memos, now repudiated, in which President George …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who's Politicizing Intelligence Now?
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Look at Past Use
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SECOND HALF OF THE ARTICLE.... Adm. Dennis C. Blair …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
JANE MAYER: THOUGHTS ON THE LEVIN REPORT
Discussion: The Daily Dish
The Politico:
Obama muddles torture message
Discussion: The Page and Washington Post
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says
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
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.
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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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.”
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and The Daily Dish
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rove claims prosecuting torture memo authors will turn Obama admin “into the moral equivalent of a Latin American country run by colonels in mirrored sunglasses”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
An Effort to Save Flint, Mich., by Shrinking It  —  Dan Kildee, the county treasurer of Flint, Mich., in front of the home where he lived until he was 4.  He is proposing the tearing down of entire blocks and even whole neighborhoods.  More Photos >  —  FLINT, Mich. — Dozens of proposals …
BBC:
UK unveils 50% top tax rate  —  Alistair Darling has announced a new top tax rate of 50% for those earning more than £150,000 from next April.  —  The chancellor is trying to save the public finances after announcing bigger than expected borrowing of £175bn.
Discussion: 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
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Levi Johnston's shockingly candid answers to CNN's Larry King
Discussion: Wonkette
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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Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
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The Hill:
Carbon Cap and Tax: Environmental Oppression You Can Count On …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Pataki Heads to Iowa to Slam Obama's First 100 Days
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
New York Post:
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Discussion: Above the Law and Gothamist
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
A Pentagon Cyber-Command Is in the Works
Discussion: CBS News
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
How they lie: a case study
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