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9:40 AM ET, May 15, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:   Moral Monster  —  Charles Krauthammer took the Hippocratic Oath.
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.
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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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
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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: TigerHawk and MoJo Blog Posts
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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 …
WNYW Fox 5 MyFoxNY.com:
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.
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: Balloon Juice and AMERICAblog News
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New York Times:
Six Insurers Named to Get U.S. Taxpayer Aid
Discussion: DealBook
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Anti-tobacco crusader to CDC  —  I profiled Tom Frieden, the New York City health commissioner whom Obama has chosen to run the Centers for Disease Control for the New York Observer back in 2004.  —  He's a relentless, effective, and uncompromising character, a key figure in a smoking ban …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Treatment
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New York Times:
New York City Official Is Obama Pick for C.D.C.
Discussion: City Room
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.
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
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 …
James Hider / Times of London:
Leon Panetta's mission to stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant  —  America's spy chief was sent on a secret mission to Israel to warn its leaders not to launch a surprise attack on Iran without notifying the US Administration.  —  As Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
The obligatory “Miss California to guest host Fox & Friends” post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Empire of Carbon  —  I have seen the future, and it won't work.  —  These should be hopeful times for environmentalists.  Junk science no longer rules in Washington.  President Obama has spoken forcefully about the need to take action on climate change; the people I talk to are increasingly optimistic …
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 …
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Tom Fahey / UnionLeader.com:
Governor not ready to sign gay marriage bill
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Torsella dropping out of Pa. Senate race  —  Democrat Joe Torsella is dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race, according to two well-placed Democratic sources, leaving Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) with no serious opposition in the Democratic primary - at least for now.
Discussion: Hotline On Call, The Note and MyDD
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Matt Smith / CNN:
Powell aide says torture helped build Iraq war case
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Castle mulls over Senate race
Andrew J. Rotherham / US News:
In Politics of School Reform, Transparency Doesn't Equal Accountability
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
US ‘sham’ bank bailouts enrich speculators says buyout chief Mark Patterson
Discussion: Clusterstock
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Obama: twice rolled by his generals
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House votes $97 billion war funds, despite doubts
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod, Obama: Close, not that close
Discussion: The Politico
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Abortion, Obama Is Drawn Into Debate He Hoped to Avoid
Discussion: The Politico
Reason.tv:
Hasta La Vista, Arnold!
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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:
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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