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7:40 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.
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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,” …
Emptywheel:
Porter Goss Escalates Attacks on Pelosi and Harman-But Admits CIA Broke the Law  —  Porter Goss—who was DCI when the CIA destroyed videotapes depicting illegal torture and had been warned not to destroy the tapes, and who may have been the “senior CIA official” who allegedly lied to Congress …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
My Allegedly Vengeful Heart  —  In an unprecedented, shocking development, David Broder is against any sort of accountability for what he refers to as “torture”: … I normally think that there's a presumption in favor of enforcing the law, and that people who think it should be ignored have the burden of proof.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Stop Scapegoating  —  Obama Should Stand Against Prosecutions  —  If ever there were a time for President Obama to trust his instincts and stick to his guns, that time is now, when he is being pressured to change his mind about closing the books on the “torture” policies of the past.
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New York Post:
100 DAYS, 100 MISTAKES  —  SARAH PALIN, GLENN BECK AND OTHERS ON OBAMA'S SHORT, ERROR-PRONE TIME IN OFFICE  —  1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals.  Then he signed a spending bill …
The Huffington Post:
Shane Murphy, Freed Pirate Hostage, Slams “Disgusting” Rush Limbaugh  —  Shane Murphy, second-in-command aboard the ship seized by Somali pirates this month, is happy to be home.  But he's not happy to be sharing turf with land-lubber Rush Limbaugh, who politicized the pirate affair by referring to the pirates as “black teenagers.”
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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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
House Heavyweight Feels Threat to Power  —  WASHINGTON — So powerful was Representative John P. Murtha at one time that he used to put up billboards in his Western Pennsylvania district declaring that “the P is for Power.”  Few in Congress dared disagree: he doled out or withheld billions …
The Huffington Post:
Obama To Nelson: We're Going Around You  —  It might not be the most glamorous hill, but it's the one that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has vowed to die on.  President Obama, however, isn't going to give him that chance.  —  Nelson is perhaps the Senate's fiercest protector of subsidies …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Pakistani military, Taliban maneuver for position in northwest  —  Click map for full view.  Taliban presence, in the Islamabad region.  Information on Taliban presence obtained from open source and derived by The Long War Journal based on the presence of Taliban shadow governments, levels of fighting, and reports from the region.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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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
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
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
 
 
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
VIDEO: Obama calls for PAYGO
Discussion: The Swamp
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