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3:00 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 …
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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,” …
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
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
Telling the Truth  —  Let the hearings begin!  —  Some Democrats, from the White House on down, are pushing the idea of a “truth commission,” à la South Africa, to deal with the “harsh measures” used by the Bush administration in interrogating al Qaeda detainees.  Good.  Let's have lots of truthtelling.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Janine Di Giovanni / New York Times:
Local Wars  —  David Kilcullen is a former officer in the Australian Army, a strategist and a scholar.  He is also an expert on counterinsurgency, or how to combat a rebellion, and one of the few brave souls who had the ear of people in the Bush White House and advised against the invasion of Iraq.
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.
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Founding Bloggers:
Founding Bloggers Files DMCA Counter-Notice Against CNN
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Obama prosecutions of 2013/17:  —  Hypothesize that the Obama administration, or perhaps foreign/international courts, prosecute and convict various officials of the Bush administration.  Further assume that the new President who takes office in 2013 or 2017 has promised …
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
Corby Kummer / The Atlantic Online:
A Papaya Grows in Holyoke  —  “Tell him what happened with the sign,” Daniel Ross said to Angel Ortiz at the gate to Nuestras Raíces farm, 30 acres of vegetables, animals, and flowers on the banks of the Connecticut River in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Ortiz, a strapping but shy 18-year-old …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
Reuters:
Fatal new flu strain threatens Mexico, U.S.  —  MEXICO CITY/GENEVA (Reuters) - A new flu strain that has killed up to 68 people in Mexico could become a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned on Saturday, as health experts tried to track the disease's spread.
 
 
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
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