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8:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Attaturk / Firedoglake:   Moral Monster  —  Charles Krauthammer took the Hippocratic Oath.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama Administration to Cheney: Request Denied
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Pelosi: CIA Lied to Me
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.
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to renew military tribunals  —  He had pledged during the presidential campaign to end the controversial trials of terrorism suspects.  Human rights groups are outraged.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration will announce plans today to revive …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House votes $97 billion war funds, despite doubts
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
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
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Treasury Agrees To Aid Insurers  —  The Treasury yesterday granted preliminary approval for some of the nation's largest insurance companies to receive capital infusions under the government's Troubled Assets Relief Program, Treasury spokesman Andrew Williams said.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
Six Insurers Named to Get U.S. Taxpayer Aid
Discussion: DealBook
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 …
WNYW Fox 5
Dead People Get Stimulus Checks  —  MYFOXNY.COM - This week, thousands of people are getting stimulus checks in the mail.  The problem is that a lot of them are dead.  A Long Island woman was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the U.S. Treasury — but it wasn't for her.
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Leaders Say Obama Overstated Their Promise to Control Costs  —  WASHINGTON — Hospitals and insurance companies said Thursday that President Obama had substantially overstated their promise earlier this week to reduce the growth of health spending.
Tom Fahey /
Governor not ready to sign gay marriage bill
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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
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.
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
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Empire of Carbon  —  I have seen the future, and it won't work.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Economist's View
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod, Obama: Close, not that close
Discussion: The Politico
Madoff Sentencing Is Postponed
Discussion: Dailyfile and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items:
Hasta La Vista, Arnold!
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Reason
Tommy Christopher / Politics Daily:
Video: Code Pink Protesters Call Donald Rumsfeld ‘War Criminal’ at Press Dinner
Discussion: Hot Air
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
Secret Memoir Reveals Dissent by Chinese Leader
Discussion: Time