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4:25 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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cheney Succeeding In Shifting Torture Debate?  —  In case you're wondering whether Dick Cheney and other former Bushies are succeeding in shifting the torture debate on to the narrow question of whether torture has “worked,” take a look at this headline, photo, and article in today's New York Times (click to enlarge):
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Commentary: Obama waffled on torture, looks weak
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and The Reaction
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
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
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  —  The President almost seemed apologetic.  “This may be a slightly longer speech than I usually give,” he told his audience at Georgetown University on April 14.  “This is going to be prose and not poetry.”  What followed, as promised, was not poetry.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Bravura Opening  —  As we approach the 100-day mark …
Discussion: The Politico, MSNBC and Washington Wire
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
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
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 …
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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
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Any Indictment of Interrogation Policy Makers Would Face Several Hurdles  —  WASHINGTON — The release of four Bush administration memorandums approving the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques has increased momentum for an investigation into the architects of the program …
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James T. Madore / Newsday:
Paterson backpedals on gay marriage  —  ALBANY - Gov. David A. Paterson, in an apparent reversal, said Wednesday he would go along with a plan by State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith not to put a same-sex marriage bill to a vote without knowing it would pass.
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Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Miss California's Competitors From Gay Marriage States Say She Needed to Be PC
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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Felix Salmon:
Notes for a speech to the Regional Bond Dealers Association
Discussion: Portfolio and MoJo Blog Posts
Bridget Johnson / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Rep. Mack's theoretical gift to Hugo Chavez
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Did We Elect Borat President?
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Goss: Obama Decision “Crossed a Red Line”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and PrairiePundit
Samuel Maull / Associated Press:
Author Jared Diamond sued for libel
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why is the GOP Throwing Senate Races?
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
At Least 75 People Are Killed in Two Attacks in Iraq
Pew Research Center:
Fox News Stands Out as “Too Critical” of Obama
Discussion: Media Blog