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11:25 AM 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.
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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Philip Zelikow / New York Times:
A Dubious C.I.A. Shortcut
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Obama Tactic Shields Health Care Bill From a Filibuster  —  WASHINGTON — At the prodding of the White House, Democratic Congressional leaders have agreed to pursue a plan that would protect major health care legislation from Republican opposition by shielding it from last-minute Senate filibusters.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
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,” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
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
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.
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
Washington Post:
Document: Military Agency Called Harsh Methods ‘Torture,’ Questioned Their Effectiveness  —  The military agency that helped to devise harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as “torture” in a July 2002 document sent …
Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
Berkeley Economist Emmanuel Saez Wins Clark Medal  —  University of California, Berkeley, economist Emmanuel Saez has won the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to the nation's most promising economist under 40.  —  Mr. Saez, 36 years old …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Emmanuel Saez Wins John Bates Clark Medal
 
 
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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
Discussion: The Plank
John / Power Line:
The Baying Hounds of CNN
Discussion: Alas, a blog
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Gore, Gingrich and Greenhouse Gases
 Earlier Items: 
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Army Ends Delay on Lightweight Armor
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Washington Post:
Anti-Drug Effort Could Send National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border
Discussion: The Caucus, TalkLeft and PrairiePundit
CNN:
McCain: I don't always see eye-to-eye with Meghan
Discussion: Shakesville and The Page
Sam Fulwood III / The Politico:
For Obama, hipness is what it is  —  During his first 100 days …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Piper alert: Obama relocated in caution