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9:15 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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Washington Post:
Top Bush Officials Approved of Harsh Interrogations as Early as Summer 2002  —  Condoleezza Rice, John D. Ashcroft and other top Bush administration officials reviewed and approved as early as the summer of 2002 the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods on detainees at secret prisons …
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
F.D.A. Easing Access to ‘Morning After’ Pill
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
Discussion: Clusterstock and naked capitalism
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: The Politico and MyDD
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
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: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Economist's View
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Journey to Tehran  —  So, it's been a wild couple of days.  —  After the “This Week” show on Sunday — and after five years of requests — I received word from the Iranian interests section that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had agreed to an interview with me.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Ivy Leaguer ‘infiltrates’ Falwell's university  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kevin Roose managed to blend in during his single semester at Liberty University, attending lectures on the myth of evolution and the sin of homosexuality, and joining fellow students on a mission trip to evangelize partyers on spring break.
Discussion: PoliGazette, Hot Air and Townhall.com
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Sources: GM to shut most US plants up to 9 weeks  —  AP Sources: GM to close most US factories for up to 9 weeks this summer to reduce inventory  — Ford Motor Co. - , General Motors Corporation - , Honda Motor Co. Ltd.  —  DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. is planning to temporarily close …
Discussion: USA Today, Wonk Room and Don Surber
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Torture: Who Was In The Key Meetings?  —  This newly declassified history comes courtesy of Sen. Jay Rockefeller and the Senate intelligence committee.  It includes a bit of information about the post 2005 Office of Legal Counsel memoranda and provides independent confirmation for the disclosure …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Reid, Rockefeller want interrogation decisions delayed
 
 
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Financial Times:
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
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Rasmussen Reports:
60% Say Government Has Too Much Power, Too Much Money
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Presses for ‘Truth Commission’
Discussion: The Page and RedState