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8:10 PM ET, May 14, 2009

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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 …
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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.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The Truth About Richard Bruce Cheney  —  This is a guest post exclusive to The Washington Note by Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who is former chief of staff of the Department of State during the term of Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Lawrence Wilkerson is also Pamela Harriman Visiting Professor at the College of William & Mary.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Cheney Seizes the Spotlight, Many Republicans Wince  —  As vice president, Richard B. Cheney famously spent much of the past eight years in undisclosed locations and offering private advice to President George W. Bush.  But past was not prologue.  —  Today Cheney is the most visible …
Emptywheel:
Senator Bob Graham: The CIA Made Up Two Briefing Sessions  —  Bob Graham just appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show.  In addition to repeating earlier reports that he was never briefed on waterboarding, Graham revealed that the first time he asked the CIA when he was briefed on torture …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Lieberman ‘totally disagrees’ with Pelosi  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said today that he “totally disagrees” with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) assertion that the CIA regularly misleads Congress.  —  “No, on that specific point I totally disagree,” Lieberman told MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems: CIA may have broken law  —  Democrats on the House intelligence committee said Thursday that CIA officers broke the law in 2002 if they told Nancy Pelosi then that they had not yet engaged in waterboarding.  —  “If they make a false report, absolutely it's illegal,” said Adam Schiff …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi to CIA: I double-dog dare you to leak again
Discussion: This ain't Hell … and The Note
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Congress and Waterboarding  —  Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to ‘torture.’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bigger Than the Both of Us
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMMuckraker
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Nancy Pelosi: CIA lied; Boehner: Who?
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Lieberman: ‘I Totally Disagree’ With Pelosi Assertion that CIA Lies
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Washington Post:   Pelosi News Conference on Waterboarding Disclosure
Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Boehner: Now and Then … JOHN BOEHNER NOW
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 …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   A walking gaffe machine in Arkansas
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.
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.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Torsella dropping out of Pa. Senate race
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More  —  IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.
governor.nh.gov:
Gov. Lynch Statement Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Legislation  —  CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch released the following statement today regarding same-sex legislation in New Hampshire:  —  “The gay marriage debate in New Hampshire has been filled with passion and emotion on all sides.
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Tom Fahey / UnionLeader.com:
Governor not ready to sign gay marriage bill
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’  —  Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting …
Dailyfile:
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Obama Administration's Economic Lawlessness  —  Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones.  And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil — the rule of law.  The Obama administration is bold.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Edwards's Interview Rules: Don't Mention Rielle Hunter by Name  —  Elizabeth Edwards has been willing to talk about most anything in interviews about her new memoir that details her husband John's affair, but only under one condition: Interviewers must agree not to mention the name …
Richard Dunham / Texas on the Potomac:
Cornyn's guess?  Hutchison to resign “this fall sometime”  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is the state's junior senator — and he wants to remain the junior senator for a couple more years.  —  But that doesn't seem likely.  Senior Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is preparing to run for governor …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain mom takes swipe at Limbaugh  —  (CNN) — The always-outspoken Roberta McCain — mother of Sen. John McCain — took a swipe at Rush Limbaugh Wednesday, saying the popular conservative radio host “does not represent the Republican Party that I belong to”.
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.
Movieguide:
Mendacity & Whitewash: The Slanderous Anti-Christian Falsehoods of ‘Angels & Demons’  —  “Angels & Demons,” Ron Howard's new movie based on author Dan Brown's series of novels featuring a fictional anti-religious zealot posing as a pseudo-intellectual professor, is another Christophobic, slanderous liberal attack on faith and reason.
Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
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.
NiceguyEddie / Media Matters for America:
Fox News now giving publicity to Republican Governors' “Tea Party 2.0”  —  SUMMARY: Following Fox News' aggressive promotion of the April 15 “tea party” protests, Greta Van Susteren did a segment on the forthcoming “Tea Party 2.,” and stated, “If you wanted to go to a tea party on April 15 …
 
 
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