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5:45 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 …
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 …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Congress and Waterboarding  —  Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to ‘torture.’  —  Someone important appears not to be telling the truth about her knowledge of the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs).  That someone is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi: Bush briefers lied to me  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Bush administration intelligence officials “misled” her by saying they weren't using waterboarding on terror detainees during a Sept. 2002 briefing — months after they had actually begun waterboarding Abu Zubaydah.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pelosi Fuels Fire on Interrogations  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) assertion at a press conference this morning that the Bush administration and the Central Intelligence Agency misled her and the Congress regarding the treatment of suspected terrorists adds further fuel to the fire …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Lieberman ‘totally disagrees’ with Pelosi
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems: CIA may have broken law
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Nancy Pelosi: CIA lied; Boehner: Who?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bigger Than the Both of Us
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMMuckraker
Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Boehner: Now and Then … JOHN BOEHNER NOW
Washington Post:   Pelosi News Conference on Waterboarding Disclosure
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi to CIA: I double-dog dare you to leak again
Discussion: This ain't Hell … and The Note
Michelle Malkin:
Pelosi, the CIA, and the Dems' dangerous blame game
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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 …
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Drug Czar Calls for End to War on Drugs
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
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”.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Rep. Shadegg Dismisses Rush Limbaugh As Just ‘A Television Personality’
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Experts Say Obama May Need to Classify Photos  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's strongest option as it fights to keep hundreds of photographs of prisoner abuse secret may be to classify the photos and claim they are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, experts on government secrecy said on Thursday.
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.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Ancient man sculpts a grotesque vision of the female form  —  A grotesque carving in mammoth ivory is arguably the world's oldest depiction of a human figure, scientists say.  —  The distorted sculpture, which portrays a woman with huge breasts, big buttocks and exaggerated genitals, is thought to be at least 35,000 years old.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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: and
Elliot Blair Smith / Bloomberg:
Paulson Told Bankers to Take U.S. Taxpayer Aid or Be ‘Exposed’  —  Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, saying nine U.S. banks were “central to any solution” of the credit crisis, told their leaders to take government aid or be forced to by regulators, according to a memo prepared for an October meeting.
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Simple Question II  —  We appear to be nearing a happy ending in the case of Roxana Saberi, the American journalist detained by Iran and accused of being a spy.  But ask yourself this hypothetical and distressing question.  —  If Saberi had confessed on Iranian television that she was a spy …
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Brunner in Senate race to stay
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NiceguyEddie / Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: Think Progress and The Politico
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists See Long Road to Recovery
Discussion: Conglomerate and Clusterstock
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama on credit: ‘This is America’
Discussion: The Politico
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Lieberman: ‘I Totally Disagree’ With Pelosi Assertion that CIA Lies
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
College grad: 'I wish I'd gone to prison instead'
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