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4:10 PM ET, April 23, 2009

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Ali Soufan / New York Times:
My Tortured Decision  —  FOR seven years I have remained silent about the false claims magnifying the effectiveness of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding.  I have spoken only in closed government hearings, as these matters were classified.
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The Huffington Post:
Boehner: Memos Outline “Torture Techniques”  —  While cable news outlets and major newspapers continue to use euphemisms such as “harsh interrogation tactics” to describe the Bush administration's approach to intelligence gathering, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) used a more succinct term Thursday: “torture.”
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Interrogations' Effectiveness May Prove Elusive  —  WASHINGTON — Even the most exacting truth commission may have a hard time determining for certain whether brutal interrogations conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency helped keep the country safe.  —  Last week's release …
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Commentary: Obama waffled on torture, looks weak
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Scott Shane Does Some Homework
Discussion: PoliGazette and The BRAD BLOG
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Torture And The Iraq War
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cheney Succeeding In Shifting Torture Debate?
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and D-Day
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Larry Summers falls asleep during Obama's meeting with credit card executives.  —  Today, President Obama met with credit card industry officials at the White House.  After the meeting, he pledged to push for a law that would offer “strong and reliable” protections for credit card users in the United States.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Dems: Freeze rate hikes on credit cards  —  Two top Democratic senators are calling on the Federal Reserve to freeze interest rate hikes on consumer credit card balances, a dramatic move just ahead of a major meeting between credit card companies and the White House this afternoon.
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Larry Summers' cat-nap at credit talks
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama pledges protections for credit-card users
Discussion: Associated Press, MSNBC and The Page
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
GOP Stymies Vote on Sebelius  —  President Obama will have to wait a bit longer to round out his Cabinet.  Senate Republicans refused today to allow a confirmation vote on his health secretary nominee Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.).  She is the last Cabinet member awaiting Senate approval.
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
GOP Plots Revenge  —  Reconciliation May Shut Down Senate  —  As Senate Democrats move closer to using reconciliation to pass health care reform this year, key GOP Senators are signaling plans to avenge the move by employing parliamentary tactics to trip up even the most noncontroversial of agenda items.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
John Ensign's Unapologetic Critique
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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Joe Klein / Time:
Sizing Up Obama's First 100 Days
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Bravura Opening  —  As we approach the 100-day mark …
Discussion: The Politico, MSNBC and Washington Wire
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Intelligence Officials Tipped Pelosi To Harman Wiretap  —  Intelligence officials, angry that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had blocked an FBI investigation into Democratic Rep. Jane Harman's interactions with a suspected Israeli agent, tipped off Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader …
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The Hill:
Wiretap: The plot thickens in Harman drama
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Goss: Obama Decision “Crossed a Red Line”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo hires Prospect's Klein  —  The American Prospect's Ezra Klein, one of the top bloggers on politics and policy, is heading to the Washington Post.  —  Rumors about Klein's upcoming move spread on Wednesday night during a reception thrown by The Nation magazine in honor of D.C. bureau chief Chris Hayes.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ezra Klein Hired by Washington Post  —  My very good friend Ezra Klein has been hired by The Washington Post to do a blog for their website, as reported by Mike Calderone.  So first off, congratulations to everyone—good for Ezra, great hire for the Post, etc.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
CNN:
Johnston 'didn't think it was going to get this rough'  —  (CNN) — A year ago, few outside of Wasilla, Alaska, had ever heard of Levi Johnston.  All that changed last summer when Gov. Sarah Palin accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination.  —  Soon after she entered the national spotlight …
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Drudge Report:
CNN ASKS PALIN DADDY IF SEX WAS IN THE HOUSE
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHU WASN'T THE ‘BAFFLED’ ONE.... Arrogance is almost always unseemly, but I think there's an important distinction to be made between conceit and misplaced arrogance.  The prior is merely unseemly; the latter is humiliating.  —  Yesterday, at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee …
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele urged to label Obama a socialist  —  State RNC leaders raise dissent  —  Republican state party leaders are rebelling against new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele for failing to dub President Obama and the Democrats as “socialists.”  And the rebels insist that the label matters.
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
April Madness: Can GOP Win Back the House in 2010?
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Steve Chapman / Reason:
Torturing the Truth  —  It's time to face the ugly reality about the use of harsh interrogation tactics  —  When the Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote his epic, The Gulag Archipelago, some Americans read it to measure the gulf between the brute savagery of communism and the principled standards of free, civilized nations.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Debate The T-Word?  —  Steve Chapman asks the torture supporters a question:
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Pew Research Center:
Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings  —  Better Ratings for Foreign Policy than Domestic Issues  —  As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obama's job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Miss California's Competitors From Gay Marriage States Say She Needed to Be PC  —  Meowww.  The claws are coming out.  —  The Miss USA contestants from the four states that allow same-sex marriage say Miss California should have been more politically correct and socially aware when she was asked …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Associated Press:
AP Poll: After Obama's 100 days, US on right track  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Millions of people jobless.  Billions of dollars in bailouts.  Trillions of dollars in U.S. debt.  And yet, for the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is on the right track.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bill O'Reilly's response to waterboarding: ‘Torture, my ass.’  —  Last night on The Factor, Bill O'Reilly hosted Newsday columnist Ellis Henican, who criticized O'Reilly's tolerance of torture.  “You disappoint me, you disappoint me,” Henican said, pointing his finger at O'Reilly.
Discussion: Shakesville
 
 
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