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4:55 AM ET, May 15, 2009


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The Huffington Post:
Graham: CIA Gave Me False Information About Interrogation Briefings  —  In testimony that could bolster Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that the CIA misled her during briefings on detainee interrogations, former Senator Bob Graham insisted on Thursday that he too was kept in the dark about the use …
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Pelosi: CIA Lied to Me  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today accused intelligence officials of giving her “inaccurate and incomplete information” on the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics by the Bush administration …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Hoyer questions Pelosi's CIA charge UPDATED  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) isn't exactly rushing to support Nancy Pelosi's claim she was “misled” by CIA officials during a 2002 intel briefing on waterboarding.  —  Hoyer — a polished floor debater — was drawn into an extended exchange …
Discussion: The Politico
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama Administration to Cheney: Request Denied  —  The Obama administration has turned down former Vice President Dick Cheney's request for the declassification of two CIA reports on the effectiveness of the Agency's detainee program, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Lieberman ‘totally disagrees’ with Pelosi
Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Boehner: Now and Then … JOHN BOEHNER NOW
Obama Says U.S. Long-Term Debt Load ‘Unsustainable’  —  President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.
Gateway Pundit:
True Audacity— Biggest Borrower in History Tells ASU Students …
Discussion: GayPatriot
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Obama Planning to Keep Tribunals for Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has decided to keep the military commission system that his predecessor created to try suspected terrorists but will ask Congress to expand the rights of defendants to contest the charges against them, officials briefed on the plan said Thursday.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House votes $97 billion war funds, despite doubts  —  WASHINGTON - Despite Democrats' rising anxiety about Afghanistan, the House on Thursday easily passed a $96.7 billion measure filling President Barack Obama's request for war spending and foreign aid efforts there and in Iraq.
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to renew military tribunals
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
My Personal Credit Crisis  —  If there was anybody who should have avoided the mortgage catastrophe, it was I. As an economics reporter for The New York Times, I have been the paper's chief eyes and ears on the Federal Reserve for the past six years.  I watched Alan Greenspan and his successor, Ben S. Bernanke, at close range.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Calculated Risk
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Prosecutors to Question Rove on U.S. Attorney Firings  —  Former top White House official Karl Rove will be interviewed tomorrow as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration, according to two sources familiar with the appointment.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Pelosi's Comments Raise Interrogation Debate to New Level  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's extraordinary accusation that the Bush administration lied to Congress about the use of harsh interrogation techniques dramatically raised the stakes in the growing debate …
Discussion: GayPatriot and
Meltdown With Keith Olbermann!  [Exclusive]  —  If you regularly tune in to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, you may remember that Olbermann was mysteriously absent from the show for three days at the end of April.  But Olbermann didn't just “have the night off,” as David Shuster …
Tom Fahey /
Governor not ready to sign gay marriage bill
Discussion: Think Progress
New York Times:
Six Insurers Named to Get U.S. Taxpayer Aid  —  Six major insurance companies have received preliminary approval to get billions of dollars in fresh capital as part of the government's financial rescue program, a Treasury Department spokesman confirmed on Thursday.
Washington Post:   Treasury Agrees To Aid Insurers
Associated Press:
Specter raises hopes for deal on major labor bill  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter said Thursday the “prospects are pretty good” for a compromise on legislation making it easier for workers to form unions.  —  Specter had come out against the bill in March, disappointing labor leaders.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Torsella dropping out of Pa. Senate race
Discussion: Hotline On Call, The Note and MyDD
Jason / The Tolbert Report:
Sen. Kim Hendren: Without a Teleprompter!  (UPDATE - Schumer “Apology accepted.")  —  The talk in conservative circles this week has been about Sen. Kim Hendren's appearance last week at the Pulaski County Republican Committee meeting.  Several Republicans on hand were live twittering …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   A walking gaffe machine in Arkansas
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: New Jersey Governor  —  NJ Governor: Christie Leads Corzine by Nine  —  In his bid for re-election, New Jersey's Democratic Governor Jon Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie by nine percentage points.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
US News:
Miss California on Cable News: Fox & Friends Gives Carrie Prejean Her Chance  —  Miss California and Miss USA runner-up, Carrie Prejean, tossed around in the battle over gay marriage, will be a one-day guest host for Fox News Channel's popular morning show Fox & Friends, Whispers learns.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Abortion, Obama Is Drawn Into Debate He Hoped to Avoid  —  WASHINGTON — In nearly four months in office, President Obama has pursued a careful two-pronged strategy on abortion, enacting policies that secure a woman's right to the procedure while vowing to move beyond the culture wars …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Mexican Data Say Migration to U.S. Has Plummeted  —  MEXICALI, Mexico — Census data from the Mexican government indicate an extraordinary decline in the number of Mexican immigrants going to the United States.  —  The recently released data show that about 226,000 fewer people emigrated …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Trade Wars Launched With Ruses, End Runs  —  Outrage in Canada as U.S. Firms Sever Ties To Obey Stimulus Rules  —  Is this what the first trade war of the global economic crisis looks like?  —  Ordered by Congress to “buy American” when spending money from the $787 billion stimulus package …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod, Obama: Close, not that close  —  David Axelrod and President Barack Obama are close, but not so close, Axelrod said tonight, that he can tell whether his boss has started smoking again.  —  “The president and I are close, but we don't get that close,” the president's senior political adviser …
Discussion: The Politico
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Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Washington Wire:
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Brunner in Senate race to stay
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
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