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11:25 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.”
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Defense Chief Gates Says He Backed Releasing CIA Memos
Discussion: The Page, RedState and Think Progress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Torture And The Iraq War
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Goss: Obama Decision “Crossed a Red Line”
Discussion: Macsmind and Sister Toldjah
The Caucus:
Senate Leaders Opposes Interrogation Inquiry Panel
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Reaction
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Larry Summers' cat-nap at credit talks  —  Listen, they are burning the midnight oil at the Treasury Department these days, what with billions of dollars going out the door to bail out the economy.  —  And over at the White House, where Larry Summers serves as director of the White House's …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Summers Caught a-Snoozin'
Discussion: The Page
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Tiger Woods In The White House
Discussion: Wonkette and Top of the Ticket
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
RNC faction wants Dems branded socialists  —  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” …
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Taliban advance eastward, threaten Islamabad  —  Click map for full view.  Taliban presence, by district and tribal agency, in the Northwest Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies.  Information on Taliban presence obtained from open source and derived …
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Aryn Baker / Time:
Taliban Advance: Is Pakistan Nearing Collapse?  —  Pakistani police officers in a shrine in Buner, Pakistan, on April 18, 2009  —  The move by Taliban-backed militants into the Buner district of northwestern Pakistan, closer than ever to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad …
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 …
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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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.
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” …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Drudge Report:
CNN ASKS PALIN DADDY IF SEX WAS IN THE HOUSE  —  CNN's Larry King turned horndog Wednesday night during his controversial interview with the father of Sarah Palin's grandchild.  —  KING: Where — was — did sex occur in their house?  —  LEVI JOHNSTON, EX-FIANCE OF BRISTOL PALIN …
Discussion: Don Surber
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CNN:
Johnston 'didn't think it was going to get this rough'
Discussion: The XX Factor
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Swamp
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) …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Emptywheel:
Liz Cheney: I'm Proud My Daddy Is the Prime Mover of Torture  —  The biggest piece of news from this exchange?  Liz Cheney's assertion that (only) two of the three detainees who were waterboarded (speaking of Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) provided valuable intelligence.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
American Heroes  —  That's what we ought to call the men and women who interrogated the worst of the worst.  For those most committed to the ridiculous crusade for terrorist rights, “enhanced interrogation” is not only immoral and illegal, it's ineffective.  That argument, like Khalid Sheik Mohamed, doesn't hold water.
Discussion: The American Scene
New York Times:
Yemen Dispute Slows Closing of Guantánamo  —  The Obama administration's effort to return the largest group of Guantánamo detainees to Yemen, their home country, has stalled, creating a major new hurdle for the president's plan to close the prison camp in Cuba by next January, American and Yemeni officials say.
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
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
BREAKING: Randi Rhodes to Return to Talk Radio  —  [Updated with Premiere's official announcement at end of article.]  —  Following a nearly two-month absence from the airwaves, Progressive radio talker Randi Rhodes is set to return, according to an announcement this afternoon from John Scott of San Francisco's Green960 (KKGN).
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Among the Dictators  —  The now-famous photograph of Barack Obama sharing a handshake and mile-wide smile with happy Hugo Chávez recalled to mind a visit years ago of Philippine strong man Ferdinand Marcos to The Wall Street Journal's offices in lower Manhattan.
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder won't selectively release terror memos  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Thursday he won't play “hide and seek” with secret memos about harsh interrogations of terror suspects and their effectiveness.  In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee …
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Jail Term to Be Sought in Medical Marijuana Case  —  LOS ANGELES — Government lawyers asked a federal judge on Thursday to impose a five-year sentence on the owner of a marijuana dispensary, less than a month after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal authorities …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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.
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):
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Webb: Pot legalization ‘on the table’ in prison reform effort
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The Huffington Post:
Lawmakers: Congress Will Investigate Torture, Bipartisan Support In Place
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Matthew Dallek / The Politico:
Waning GOP needs its moderates
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Devil in the Details  —  A poll was released today showing …
Discussion: The Plank
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obey rains on Obama's parade
Discussion: Commentary
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Paraguay president in triple paternity row
Samuel Maull / Associated Press:
Author Jared Diamond sued for libel
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself—After Refusing to Take Part in Torture
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Democrats.com
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bill O'Reilly's response to waterboarding: ‘Torture, my ass.’
Discussion: Shakesville