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1:25 PM ET, April 24, 2009


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Washington Post:
In Obama's Inner Circle, Debate Over Memos' Release Was Intense  —  Some Feared That a Partisan Outcry Could Obstruct Larger Agenda  —  As President Obama met with top advisers on the evening of April 15, he faced one of the sharpest policy divides of his young administration.
Washington Post:
Obama Rejects Truth Panel  —  Commission Would Have Investigated Abuses in Terrorism Fight  —  President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, telling congressional leaders at a White House meeting yesterday …
The Politico:
Obama: Truth commission is a mistake
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Key Dem Senator Likely To Vote Against Top Obama Legal Nominee  —  Uh oh.  This could signal real trouble for a key Obama nominee under assault by the right: Office of Legal Counsel chief Dawn Johnsen, a fierce Bush critic who would be at the center of the war over whether Obama …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democratic complicity and what “politicizing justice” really means  —  (updated below)  —  Bush-defending opponents of investigations and prosecutions think they've discovered a trump card: the claim that Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, Jay Rockefeller and Jane Harman were briefed …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Capital J | JTA
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
White House Worried About Johnsen Nomination
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Republican Senate Primary  —  Pennsylvania Senate Primary: Toomey 51% Specter 30%  —  Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter trails former Congressman Pat Toomey by 21 points in an early look at Pennsylvania's 2010 Republican Primary.  Fifty-one percent (51%) …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obtained: Cheney's Request Form Detailing The Two CIA Torture Docs He Wants  —  I've just obtained from the National Archives the actual request form that Dick Cheney submitted for CIA documents he claims will prove that torture worked.  —  Cheney requested all of two CIA documents, a total of 21 pages.
John / Power Line:
Voters Unimpressed By Dems' “Torture” Theme  —  A new Rasmussen survey suggests that the Democrats are barking up the wrong tree with their obsessive interest in the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  At this point, at least, common sense reigns:  —  * 58 percent of voters …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reclaiming America's Soul  —  “Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”  So declared President Obama, after his commendable decision to release the legal memos that his predecessor used to justify torture.  Some people in the political and media establishments have echoed his position.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Gingrich vs. Gore in global warming showdown  —  It's Gingrich vs. Gore at Friday's global warming hearing.  —  The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has added former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to the roster of witnesses for its hearing on a climate bill Friday.
Discussion: The Swamp and Michelle Malkin
John Cook / Gawker:
Ambushing Bill O'Reilly's Ambusher  —  Gawker has some questions for Jesse B. Watters, the Fox News producer that Bill O'Reilly likes to send out to ambush his enemies.  So we're outside his building in Long Island.  Right now.  (Hi, Jesse!)  —  This apartment building is the last known address …
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesotans won't know second Senator until at least June  —  The state Supreme Court set the schedule today for the legal showdown between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman over the Senate seat that has been vacant since January.  —  Minnesotans won't know who will be their second U.S. Senator until at least June.
Discussion: The Page, Hotline On Call and MSNBC
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin, Fundraising Firm Part Ways  —  Campaign Solutions, a Republican consulting firm advising Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee, has parted ways with the former Republican vice presidential nominee.  —  The group had been working with the Palin operation to raise money …
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 …
USA Today:
Poll: Public thinks highly of Obama  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's opening months in the Oval Office have fortified his standing with the American public, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, giving him political capital for battles ahead.  —  As his 100th day as president approaches next Wednesday …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Counters Israeli Stance on Palestinians and Iran  —  Progress on establishing a Palestinian state must go “hand-in-hand” with efforts to stem Iranian influence in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday, implicitly rejecting the emerging position of the new Israeli government.
Washington Times:
MADD about regulation  —  Obama chauffeurs the nanny state at NHTSA  —  President Obama's pick to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raises a few red flags.  If confirmed by the Senate, Chuck Hurley, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will drive motorists over the cliff with regulation.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BANANA REPUBLICS.... To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, Republicans keep using this phrase, but I don't think it means what they think it means.  —  On Tuesday, Karl Rove argued on Fox News that accountability for Bush administration officials who broke the law would make United States …
Cliff May / The Corner:
Re: Not Pro-Torture, Just Pro-Facts  —  Andrew Sullivan has a post up on his Daily Dish taking a shot at me as well.  He begins by saying generously: “Cliff May has done great work over the years advancing democracy and defending human rights.”  He goes on to link to one of my Corner posts …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Ethics Panel Asked to Look Into Kennedy Leaks  —  ALBANY — The state's top ethics panel is reviewing a request from three government watchdog groups to investigate the Paterson administration's leaks of confidential information provided by Caroline Kennedy when she was seeking appointment to the United States Senate.
New York Times:
Gonzales Said to Have Intervened on Wiretap  —  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 …
Washington Post:
Pakistani Taliban Pull Back to Swat Stronghold  —  Taliban extremist forces, facing threats of an army assault and a flurry of criticism from Pakistani officials, began withdrawing Friday from a district in northwest Pakistan they had occupied for the past week.
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Vitter opposes prosecutions of terror interrogators; Cao, Landrieu say laws should be enforced  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said Wednesday that it would be a huge mistake to prosecute Bush administration officials who gave legal approval or implemented harsh interrogation methods …
Discussion: Think Progress
Turcopolier / Sic Semper Tyrannis:
Nuremberg and American Exceptionalism  —  The egregious Chris Matthews is a real “tough guy” in interviewing “guests” until they begin to compare American actions to those of various unclean regimes in recent history.  His childlike belief in the uniqueness of the United States and its status as the …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Interior Designers Have the Right to Call Themselves “Interior Designers,” even if they don't have a state license, the Fifth Circuit held yesterday in Byrum v. Landreth.  Texas doesn't require interior designers to be licensed, but forbids unlicensed designers from calling themselves “interior designers.”
Discussion: Reason and Lawyers, Guns and Money
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Obama is no apologist  —  Critics have been belittling President …
Discussion: White House Watch
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Report: Democrats Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore …
Discussion: EnviroKnow and Sister Toldjah
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
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Washington Post:
Getting Real on Wind and Solar
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama, McCain Campaign Chiefs Come Clean
Discussion: The Politico and On Deadline
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Bill Daley decides against Senate bid, being ambassador to China
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama DOJ Seeks to Restrict Defendant's Right to Lawyer During Questioning
Discussion: Associated Press
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama: The Grand Strategy
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Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Obama May Sweep Aside TV Schedule
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Republicans Threaten To Become Bigger A**holes