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10:35 AM ET, May 8, 2009

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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. '02  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared …
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Jed Babbin / Human Events:
Pelosi Knew about Waterboarding from the Start
Discussion: RedState
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Records suggest Pelosi, others were told of harsh interrogations
Discussion: The Swamp and Emptywheel
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Says It Briefed Top Lawmakers
John Feehery / CNN:
Commentary: 5 reasons GOP will rebound
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
CNN:
Palin pulls out of White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will miss a chance to chat up President Obama this weekend because she's cancelling plans to attend the White House Correspondents' dinner, but she's got a good excuse.
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Gonzo Goes (Back) to Washington
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House on defense over legitimacy of budget cuts
Discussion: The Swamp and Los Angeles Times
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Stressing the Positive  —  Hooray!  The banking crisis is over!  Let's party!  O.K., maybe not.  —  In the end, the actual release of the much-hyped bank stress tests on Thursday came as an anticlimax.  Everyone knew more or less what the results would say: some big players need to raise more capital …
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Katherine Mangu-Ward / Reason:
Your Yard Sale Is Illegal  —  Thinking of having a yard sale this weekend?  Before you do, be sure to consult CSPC Publication #254 [PDF].  —  This handy 28-pager from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds the American people that, thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Diminished Conservative Groups Gear Up for Supreme Court Nomination Battle  —  Conservatives Prepare For Underdog Role  —  When John G. Roberts Jr. was nominated to the Supreme Court as chief justice, a pro-Republican group called Progress for America had $18 million in the bank.
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
U.S. Jobless Rate Hits 8.9%, but Pace of Losses Eases  —  The United States economy lost 539,000 jobs in April, the government reported on Friday, a sign that the relentless pace of job losses was starting to level off slightly.  —  A year ago, the loss of more than half a million jobs …
Debra Burlingame / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the 9/11 Families  —  The president isn't sincere about ‘swift and certain’ justice for terrorists.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In February I was among a group of USS Cole and 9/11 victims' families who met with the president at the White House to discuss his policies regarding Guantanamo detainees.
Discussion: Power Line, Flopping Aces and TigerHawk
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Under Restructuring, GM To Build More Cars Overseas  —  The U.S. government is pouring billions into General Motors in hopes of reviving the domestic economy, but when the automaker completes its restructuring plan, many of the company's new jobs will be filled by workers overseas.
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Junior Senator Gains a Defender: The Senior Senator  —  WASHINGTON — At a recent Capitol Hill fund-raising event, Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand rose to thank her donors.  It was important for her to raise money now, she told them, because she might face a Democratic primary challenge next year.
The Huffington Post:
Hannity Attacks Obama For Putting Mustard On His Burger [UPDATED]  —  [Good Lord, this has become a full-blown “thing” now.  Please see utterly deranged updates, below.]  —  Oh hi, everyone!  Are we still doing that election year thing, where if a politician consumes anything other than box wine …
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Associated Press:
Weak Treasury auction sends stocks lower  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Weak demand at a Treasury bond auction touched off worries in the stock market Thursday about the government's ability to raise funds to fight the recession.  —  The government had to pay greater interest than expected in a sale of 30-year Treasurys.
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
Megan McArdle:
Canadian Exceptionism  —  Canada is one of the few countries without a major banking crisis.  Weirdly, this was also true in 1930.  I've seen this list of the success factors for Canadian banks in several places.  I want to believe it, but . . .  ..it doesn't seem to be as simple as “Canadian banks are more tightly-regulated”.
Peter Eavis / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Banks' Not-So-Stressful Test  —  The government's bank stress tests deserve a B-minus.  —  To give a sustained boost to investor confidence, the tests needed demonstrable rigor.  They achieved that up to a point.  While worst-case loss rates look tough, certain loan portfolios …
The Huffington Post:
Cheney: “Mistake” For GOP To “Moderate,” Glad That Detainees Were Waterboarded  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration's use of waterboarding on Thursday, saying that, contrary to arguments made by Barack Obama, the techniques were a necessary last-resort measure to get information from detainees.
Discussion: Wizbang
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Aaron Belkin / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist  —  Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and officer in the Army National Guard who is fluent in Arabic and who returned recently from Iraq, received notice today that the military is about to fire him.  Why?  Because he came out of the closet as a gay man on national television.
TPMDC:
Sessions Subordinate: I Thought I'd Be Fired If I Objected To Being Called ‘Boy’  —  When it became clear that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was poised to become ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, we recalled this 2002 article by Sarah Wildman which addresses some of the controversies …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
alicublog:
BLACK COMEDY.  RedState is reaching out to black people.  Don't believe it?  Here's the proof: … Unfortunately they're doing it at RedState, so very few African-Americans will read it.  Which may be just as well...  ...because they sound less like their friends and more like their parole officer.
Discussion: TBogg
 
 
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Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
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Non-TARP Lenders Aren't Making Up the Stories of White House Pressure
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dem blowback on Gitmo closing
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Pepe Escobar / Asia Times:
Obama does his Bush impression
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
REPUBLICANS WARN HOLDER ON TORTURE
Discussion: At-Largely and Raw Story
William Yardley / New York Times:
Bids to Push States' Rights Falter in Face of Stimulus
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