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11:05 AM 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.
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New York Times:
Obama Resisting Push for Interrogation Panel  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and the Democratic leadership in the Senate signaled on Thursday that they would block for now any effort to establish an independent commission to investigate the Bush administration's approval of harsh interrogation techniques.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Unemployed, Unapologetic and Unrestrained: It's Cheney Unbound  —  WASHINGTON — On the mornings he is in town, Dick Cheney wakes up at 6, climbs into his black sport utility vehicle and drives himself to a Starbucks near his McLean, Va., home.  He returns with a pair of grande skim lattes …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. to reveal alleged prison abuse photos
The Politico:   Obama: Truth commission is a mistake
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin sets up defense fund
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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%) …
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 …
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.
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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 …
www.washingtonexaminer.com:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Susan Ferrechio / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
To get votes, Waxman offers cap-and-trade breaks  —  In exchange for votes to pass a controversial global warming package, Democratic leaders are offering some lawmakers generous emission “allowances” to protect their districts from the economic pain of pollution restrictions.
Discussion: Reason and PrairiePundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ENSIGN KEEPS PUSHING IT.... I'd hoped we were past this nonsense by now. … I'm curious, what, exactly, Ensign and his confused cohorts would have the president do.  Obama, arguably the most well-known leader on the planet, attended an international gathering with heads of state from around the hemisphere.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Republicans Threaten To Become Bigger A**holes  —  If Democrats provide cheaper and more accessible health care to Americans, Republicans have promised to publicly turn themselves into the biggest partisan a**holes of the last forty years.  —  Seriously.  That is the actual political …
Elizabeth Cheney / The Huffington Post:
Liz Cheney Defends Father's Torture Legacy (VIDEO) [UPDATED]  —  As nearly every HuffPost Media Monitor (well, specifically Derrick, Clayton, Chad, “RStein,” and Teresa) pointed out today, former State Department official Liz Cheney came on MSNBC to defend her father's legacy …
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Obama May Sweep Aside TV Schedule  —  President Obama might take an additional $9 million to $10 million out of the purse of the broadcast TV industry when he stages another of his news conferences next week to talk about his efforts to bail out the banking and automotive industries.
Discussion: Don Surber and Outside The Beltway
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.
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama DOJ Seeks to Restrict Defendant's Right to Lawyer During Questioning  —  More true colors?  —  The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to overrule Michigan v. Jackson, the 1986 Supreme Court decision that held that if police may not interrogate a defendant after the right …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
Murphy Close to the Finish Line: Tedisco Needs 75 Percent of Remaining Votes to Catch Up  —  Columbia County elections commissioners Virginia Martin and Don Kline present ballots for review.  —  ALBANY—It's rapidly becoming statistically impossible for Assemblyman Jim Tedisco to win a seat in Congress.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama, McCain Campaign Chiefs Come Clean  —  NEWARK, Del. Steve Schmidt, the McCain campaign's top operative, came back to his alma mater here Thursday night to relive last year with his Democratic counterpart, fellow University of Delaware alum David Plouffe.
Discussion: The Politico and On Deadline
 
 
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