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10:10 AM ET, April 23, 2009

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Peter Hoekstra / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Knew About the Interrogations  —  Obama should release the memo on the attacks prevented.  —  Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair got it right last week when he noted how easy it is to condemn the enhanced interrogation program “on a bright sunny day in April 2009.”
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Ed Rollins / CNN:
Commentary: Obama waffled on torture, looks weak  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, was political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Like so many politicians I have known …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Fox News:
Obama Administration Wants Judge to Toss Embassy Hostage Suit
The Huffington Post:
Shepard Smith Uncensored: “We Are America, We Do Not F**king Torture!”  (VIDEO)  —  Update: scroll down for Smith's uncensored comments  —  Fox News viewers witnessed a rather incredible scene on Wednesday as anchor Shepard Smith and Fox contributor Judith Miller (of CIA leak infamy) …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Drama at GE shareholders meeting  —  ‘Open hostility’ toward execs over MSNBC's ‘leftward tilt’  —  Things got testy Wednesday at the GE shareholders meeting courtesy of several complaints about political bias at its media division, NBC Universal.  —  Just don't expect to see the fireworks …
Liz Rappaport / Wall Street Journal:
Lewis Testifies U.S. Urged Silence on Deal  —  Bank of America Chief Says Bernanke, Paulson Barred Disclosure of Merrill Woes Because of Fears for Financial System  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and then-Treasury Department chief Henry Paulson pressured Bank of America Corp …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's Budget Satire  —  Monday morning the government braced for austerity, as the government understands that.  Having sent Congress a $3.5 trillion budget, the president signaled in advance — perhaps so his Cabinet members could steel themselves for the new asceticism …
Discussion: Reason, Commentary and Betsy's Page
Confederate Yankee:
Tarheel Fascism  —  6 people, presumably students, have been arrested protesting Virgil Goode's speech against illegal immigration at UNC-Chapel Hill.  They seem to be every bit as tolerant as the Carolina blue fascists that violently ended Tom Tancredo's attempted speech last week.
Ann Coulter / Yahoo! News:
NELL HUSBANDS MARTIN COULTER  —  A lot of people claim to be my No. 1 fan — God bless them — but my true No. 1 fan left this world last week.  My mother quietly stopped breathing last Tuesday, as she slept peacefully, holding my hand.  —  She was the biggest fan of all of us — Father, me and my brothers John and Jim.
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Was Freddie pressured to toe Obama line?  —  Both the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal are reporting that Freddie Mac's Chief Financial Officer, David Kellermann, who was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide, was involved in recent months in a heated dispute with Freddie's regulator …
Elspeth Reeve / Blogs and Stories:
Serving Under the Army's Most Ruthless Soldier  —  Blogs and Stories  —  When Scott Beauchamp first described misconduct by American soldiers in Baghdad, the political right accused him of lying.  Last week, one of the soldiers who denounced him became the highest-ranking service member to be found guilty of murder in the Iraq war.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Pelosi Tells of a Briefing by Officials on Harman  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that she had been briefed by the Bush administration “maybe three years ago” that Representative Jane Harman, Democrat of California, had been picked …
Discussion: MyDD, MSNBC and The Politico
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Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Some Immigrants Who Lose Freedom Face Loss of Custody  —  CARTHAGE, Mo. — When immigration agents raided a poultry processing plant near here two years ago, they had no idea a little American boy named Carlos would be swept up in the operation.  —  One of the 136 illegal immigrants detained …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CNN:
FDA to allow morning-after pill over the counter for 17-year-olds  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The “morning-after pill” will be available without a prescription to women 17 and older, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.  The minimum age has been 18.
Associated Press:
AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days …
Tim Reid / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton: US will organise ‘crippling’ Iran sanctions if diplomacy fails  —  Hillary Clinton today vigorously defended President Obama's recent overtures to Iran, insisting that the US would be in a better position to organise “crippling” international sanctions should diplomacy fail.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President's Apology Tour  —  Great leaders aren't defined by consensus.  —  President Barack Obama has finished the second leg of his international confession tour.  In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors.
Discussion: Commentary and marbury
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Federal Program to Boost Private Lending Struggles to Get Money to Consumers  —  In its first two months, the government's signature initiative to support consumer lending has fallen well short of expectations, deploying only a fraction of the amount officials had hoped to extend to stimulate auto loans …
Randy E. Barnett / Wall Street Journal:
The Case for a Federalism Amendment  —  How the Tea Partiers can make Washington pay attention.  —  In response to an unprecedented expansion of federal power, citizens have held hundreds of “tea party” rallies around the country, and various states are considering “sovereignty resolutions” …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Hot Air
Kevin Jon Heller / Opinio Juris:
Want to Prosecute the Lawyers?  Cite Ministries — Not the Justice Case  —  Scholars who believe that the individuals who wrote the OLC memos authorizing torture should be criminally prosecuted — as I do — normally cite the Justice Case, decided by the Nuremberg Military Tribunal (NMT) …
Discussion: Salon
Bridget Johnson / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Fidel Castro calls Obama ‘conceited’  —  “Comrade Fidel” was quick to dash the president's optimism about easy rapprochement with Cuba, saying in a communique Tuesday that Obama misunderstood his brother Raul at the Summit of the Americas. … Multiple smackdowns and a first-name basis with ABC's Jake Tapper!
Discussion: cubanews.ain.cu
 
 
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James P. Pinkerton / Fox News:
Democrats Under Ethics Cloud Benefit From Distracted Public
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rep. Joe Barton: I ‘Stumped’ Nobel Prize Winning Scientist
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Journey to Tehran  —  So, it's been a wild couple of days.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Credit card companies to be hit again
Reihan Salam / Blogs and Stories:
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Rasmussen Reports:
60% Say Government Has Too Much Power, Too Much Money