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12:50 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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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.
Fox News:
Pelosi Accuses CIA of ‘Misleading’ Congress on Waterboarding  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at her weekly news conference, repeated her assertion that she was briefed only once on enhanced interrogation methods seven years ago, and she accused the CIA of misleading Congress.  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: Townhall.com and HotAirPundit
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi: Bush briefers lied to me
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 …
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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”.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Rep. Shadegg Dismisses Rush Limbaugh As Just ‘A Television Personality’
Teddy Davis / The Note:
Palin Ties Miss California to Obama & Clinton  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) issued a statement Wednesday ginning up conservatives — and creating discomfort for liberals — by pointing out that Miss California Carrie Prejean, President Barack Obama …
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Governor Sarah Palin / SarahPAC:
Governor Palin Statement on attacks against Carrie Prejean
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Left Rises Up Against Obama
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
As Obama Pares Supreme Court List, Secrecy Is a Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers at the White House and at a handful of firms across town have been given their assignments.  Interviews are under way with colleagues and family members of candidates.  And President Obama is poised …
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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Tea Party, Part Deux  —  (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Todd Yates)  —  Two prominent GOP governors will host a telephonic anti-tax tea party today, an effort organized by the Republican Governors Association to capitalize politically on the outrage expressed in last month's nationwide protests.
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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice  —  HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) - Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.
Discussion: US News, Flopping Aces and Hot Air
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Chinese imports could bring GM political troubles  —  DETROIT (AP) - As thousands of General Motors workers await word on more U.S. plant closures, reports that the company plans to import Chinese-made vehicles to the U.S. have created a political problem for the automaker and the White House.
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
A Big Thaw for Climate Change  —  Cap-and-Trade Moving Ahead  —  After Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) unseated Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) atop the Energy and Commerce Committee last year, conservative Democrats worried that Waxman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would try to ram through a politically toxic climate change bill.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Rejects a 15% Ceiling on Credit Card Interest Rates  —  Despite complaints that banks and credit card companies are gouging customers by charging outrageous interest rates, the Senate on Wednesday turned back an effort to cap interest rates at 15 percent.
Discussion: Majikthise and Prairie Weather
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.
Nouriel Roubini / New York Times:
The Almighty Renminbi?  —  THE 19th century was dominated by the British Empire, the 20th century by the United States.  We may now be entering the Asian century, dominated by a rising China and its currency.  While the dollar's status as the major reserve currency will not vanish overnight, we can no longer take it for granted.
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
Jason / The Tolbert Report:
Sen. Kim Hendren: Without a Teleprompter!  —  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 the event which quickly spread the word that Sen. Hendren was …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Arkansas Blog
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Data belie Biden stimulus anecdotes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first quarterly report on the nation's stimulus package, Vice President Joe Biden uses anecdotes to paint a glowing picture of an economy on the rebound.  In reality, the picture is incomplete and the colors far more muted.
 
 
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