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8:00 AM ET, April 24, 2009

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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi briefed on waterboarding in '02 [UPDATED]  —  Nancy Pelosi denies knowing U.S. officials used waterboarding — but GOP operatives are pointing to a 2007 Washington Post story which describes an hour-long 2002 briefing in which Pelosi was told about enhanced interrogation techniques in graphic detail.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi: I didn't know about use of waterboarding  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing back on GOP charges that she knew about waterboarding for years and did nothing.  —  Pelosi says she was briefed by Bush administration officials on the legal justification for using waterboarding …
New York Times:
Gonzales Intervened on Lawmaker, Ex-Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency concluded in late 2005 that a conversation picked up on a government wiretap was serious enough to require notifying Congressional leaders that Representative Jane Harman …
Discussion: Capital J | JTA, The Page and SpyTalk
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Summers Caught a-Snoozin'  —  Lawrence Summers, President Obama's chief economics adviser, dozed off during a meeting with credit card executives in the White House today.  —  Americans may be struggling to pay their credit card debt.  But for Larry Summers, President Obama's chief economic adviser, the issue is apparently a snooze.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
A Commission on Enhanced Interrogation? Obama Rebuffs Idea
Discussion: CNN, Wizbang and TPMMuckraker
The Caucus:
Senate Leaders Opposes Interrogation Inquiry Panel
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Reaction
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Horror: Taliban Behead Pakistani Troops in Swat Video  —  A video which claims to show Taliban troops in Pakistan's Swat valley murdering men accused of being “spies” for the government and the U.S. has emerged.  It's really horrible and the only people who should watch it are Taliban sympathizers.
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Aryn Baker / Time:
Taliban Advance: Is Pakistan Nearing Collapse?
Cliff May / The Corner:
News Bulletin  —  A Corner exclusive: How many times have you read and heard in the mainstream media that terrorists were waterboarded more than 180 times?  It turns out that's not true.  What is?  According to two sources, both of them very well-informed and reliable (but preferring to remain anonymous) …
John Leo / Wall Street Journal:
A Limited Love of Liberty  —  A former ACLU board member says that the organization has lost its way.  —  When the American Civil Liberties Union comes under attack, the salvos are often launched from the right.  The ACLU, after all, is as enthusiastic about protecting the interests of feminists …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. to Tell Big Banks the Results of Stress Test  —  Wall Street is stressed out about stress tests.  —  After a two-month wait, the nation's 19 largest banks will start learning on Friday how they fared in important federal examinations — and which among them will need another bailout from the government or private investors.
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: Poster Girl for Eurofascists  —  Pamela Geller of “Atlas Shrugs” and Paul Belien of “Brussels Journal” have been announced as speakers at a German far right event organized by a group called “Pro Köln” — a successor to the notorious fascist group “Deutsche Liga für Volk und Heimat” …
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate  —  For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.
Curtis Schick / CapitalNews9:
Sources say Tedisco concession likely  —  A finish line could be in sight in the race for the 20th Congressional District.  With the numbers not looking good for Republican Jim Tedisco, sources tell Capital News 9 that Tedisco could concede to Democrat Scott Murphy as soon as Friday afternoon.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
King: Torture trial should spark “scorched earth”  —  New York Republican Rep. Peter King thinks his party needs to go nuke if Bush era officials are prosecuted on torture charges.  —  King, the outspoken ranking member of the House homeland security committee, said Republicans should …
www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Chris Matthews changes book title Jon Stewart mocked  —  Could the interview Chris Matthews called “the worst he's ever had” have something to do with his decision to change the title of his most recent book before its paperback edition is released?  —  In 2007, the “Hardball” host went on …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Fox News:
Defense Department to Release Photos Showing Detainee Treatment in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  The Department of Defense announced late Thursday that at least 44 photos depicting treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan will be released.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The Department of Defense …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Schmidt compares Obama, Kennedy  —  I quoted McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt just now comparing Obama to Bobby Kennedy.  —  The whole riff was fairly remarkable.  It came in response to a student's question about the youth vote:  —  If you read history about Bobby Kennedy's unfinished race in '68 …
Becky Shay / Billings Gazette:
Hardin jail tries for detainees from Gitmo  —  Economic development officials in Hardin are looking at the soon-to-close detention facility in Guantanamo Bay as a possible fix for the jail sitting empty in Hardin.  —  President Barack Obama signed an executive order Jan. 22 to close …
Discussion: Don Surber
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Brand Dems socialists says RNC bloc  —  A conservative faction of the Republican National Committee is urging the GOP to take a harder line against both Democrats and wayward Republicans, drafting a resolution to rename the opposition the “Democrat Socialist Party” and moving to rebuke …
New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Prepare Filing for Chrysler Bankruptcy  —  By MICHELINE MAYNARD and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  DETROIT — The Treasury Department is preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Chrysler that could come as soon as next week, people with direct knowledge of the action said Thursday.
Kate Barrett / The Note:
Meghan McCain to Rove & Cheney: ‘Go Away’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Meghan McCain guest-hosted ABC's “The View” Thursday and brought some blunt advice for Karl Rove and Dick Cheney: “Go away.”  —  “It's very unprecedented for someone like Karl Rove or Dick Cheney to be criticizing the president,” McCain said.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
2012 President Survey  —  Is it too early to poll Barack Obama against potential opponents in 2012?  Sure.  But that doesn't mean people don't find it interesting, and it gives us something to track against moving forward so here goes:  —  On our newest national survey we looked at Obama …
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
 
 
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Chelsea J. Carter / Associated Press:
Iraq says top insurgent captured, bombs kill 69
Discussion: CNN, The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Webb: Pot legalization ‘on the table’ in prison reform effort
John McArdle / Roll Call:
Castle More Likely to Run for Senate Than Re-Election
Discussion: Senate Guru and Scorecard's Blog
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Jail Term to Be Sought in Medical Marijuana Case
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Among the Dictators
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
BREAKING: Randi Rhodes to Return to Talk Radio
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder won't selectively release terror memos
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
American Heroes  —  That's what we ought to call the men …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Tiger Woods In The White House
Discussion: Wonkette and Top of the Ticket
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems anxious about Af-Pak policy
Discussion: Commentary