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12:55 PM ET, April 25, 2009

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Porter J. Goss / Washington Post:
Security Before Politics  —  Since leaving my post as CIA director almost three years ago, I have remained largely silent on the public stage.  I am speaking out now because I feel our government has crossed the red line between properly protecting our national security and trying to gain partisan political advantage.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Jay Bybee's anonymous friends claim Bybee regrets his role in approving torture.  —  The Washington Post interviews a number of friends and colleagues of Jay Bybee, who anonymously tell the paper that the judge regrets writing the torture memos: … “On the primary memo …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and D-Day
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Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Friends Say Judge Bybee Regrets Interrogation Memo He Signed  —  Friends Say Judge Wasn't Proud of Outcome  —  LAS VEGAS — On a Saturday night in May last year, Jay S. Bybee hosted dinner for 35 at a Las Vegas restaurant.  The young people seated around him had served as his law clerks …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CIA official: no proof harsh techniques stopped terror attacks  —  WASHINGTON — The CIA inspector general in 2004 found that there was no conclusive proof that waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques helped the Bush administration thwart any “specific imminent attacks,” …
Gerald Warner / Gerald Warner's blog listings:
Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?  —  If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton, in Iraq, Blames ‘Rejectionists’ for Violence  —  BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived here Saturday morning for a one-day visit, delivering an American show of support for Iraq as it battles a sudden eruption of violence, in the wake of suicide bombings …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton in Iraq: Obama ‘committed’
Discussion: The Politico
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
At Whitman, A Protest Over Poet's Lifestyle  —  A group of seven congregants from Topeka, Kan., set up outside Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda yesterday to protest the sexual orientation of the poet for whom the school was named.  —  The police presence — 40 officers, five horses …
Discussion: The Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
Ben Sheffner / Copyrights & Campaigns:
Founding Bloggers v. CNN: counternotice submitted; countdown to re-posting — or a lawsuit  —  Founding Bloggers, the conservative web site that had its video critical of CNN's reporting on a Chicago “tea party” removed by YouTube after the cable network sent a DMCA takedown notice, is not backing down.
Discussion: Althouse and Founding Bloggers
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Founding Bloggers:
Founding Bloggers Files DMCA Counter-Notice Against CNN
The Huffington Post:
Obama Repeatedly Reminds House GOP Of Their Zero Stimulus Votes  —  In a meeting with House Republicans at the White House Thursday, President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes — twice — for his stimulus package.  And then he reminded them again.
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Petraeus Calls On Pakistan To Redirect Military Focus  —  Gen. David H. Petraeus warned yesterday that al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists in Pakistan are posing “an ever more serious threat to Pakistan's very existence,” and he said that Pakistan's leaders must act to counter the challenge …
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
VIDEO: Obama calls for PAYGO  —  In his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama called for a return to fiscal discipline, and outlined a four-step approach to reining in spending and eliminating waste.  —  “It's time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington,” said Obama.
Discussion: The Swamp
Bill Maher / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP: divorced from reality  —  The Republican base is behaving like a guy who just got dumped by his wife.  —  If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.
 
 
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Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Jack Abramoff Gets Hollywood Jail Visit
New York Times:
Holding Up the Housing Recovery
Discussion: Commentary and Wonk Room
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
The UN's Epic Fail in Geneva
John / Power Line:
The Baying Hounds of CNN
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Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
Berkeley Economist Emmanuel Saez Wins Clark Medal
Discussion: Angry Bear and Matthew Yglesias
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Gore, Gingrich and Greenhouse Gases
Washington Post:
Document: Military Agency Called Harsh Methods ‘Torture,’ …