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5:00 PM ET, May 15, 2009

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Lindsey Ellerson / The Note:
Gingrich: Pelosi ‘Lied,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Dishonest,’ ‘Vicious,’ ‘Trivial’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today offered a blistering critique of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of oversight on harsh interrogation tactics, in a major escalation of partisan attacks being aimed at Pelosi.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
CIA director says Pelosi received the truth  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusations that the agency lied to her, writing a memo to his agents saying she received nothing but the truth.  —  Panetta said that “ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Torture Debate, Continued  —  This month, I wrote a column outlining two exceptions to the no-torture rule: the ticking time bomb scenario and its less extreme variant in which a high-value terrorist refuses to divulge crucial information that could save innocent lives.
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Panetta to CIA employees: We told Pelosi the truth  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta just sent a stern message to his employees defending the agency against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's criticisms.  —  His message: We didn't mislead Congress; stay focused on your job.  —  Panetta's note was sent to reporters via the CIA press office.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Reporters Gettin' Played  —  Everybody's talking about Nancy Pelosi's press conference yesterday.  I'm listening to Republicans on cable yapping about this contradiction or that contradiction.  But what I've seen very little attention to is the fact that Pelosi had an answer that really answers …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich rips into Pelosi
Discussion: Truthdig and Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   KRAUTHAMMER'S BEST EXAMPLE.... The Washington Post's Charles …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ticking Time Bomb Slippery Slope
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Moral Monster  —  Charles Krauthammer took the Hippocratic Oath.
Discussion: American Power
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time  —  Also, fewer think abortion should be legal “under any circumstances”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves “pro-life” on the issue of abortion and 42% “pro-choice.”
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A NATIONAL SHIFT ON ABORTION?.... The new Gallup poll …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Are Americans Galluping Toward The Pro-Life Label?
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Gore: Cheney early, and fine one to talk
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
The Huffington Post:
KSM Questioned About al Qaeda-Iraq Ties During Waterboarding
Discussion: Washington Monthly and On Deadline
James Kirchick / The Plank:
The Latest Delusions of Lawrence Wilkerson
Newt Gingrich / Washington Examiner:
Lets NOT meet the Uighurs  —  President Obama has heeded his generals and decided not to release more photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, and good for him.  Now he needs to put our national security ahead of politics once again and reverse his dangerous decision to release trained …
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Washington Post:
Guantanamo Detainee Released to Join Relatives in France
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions  —  [(Updated below - Update II - Update III (Obama's statement) - Update IV]  —  It now appears definitive that the Obama administration will attempt to preserve a “modified” version of George Bush's military commissions, rather than try suspected terrorists …
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New York Times:
Obama Planning to Keep Tribunals for Detainees
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
New ‘prisoner abuse’ photographs emerge despite US bid to block publication  —  Graphic photographs of alleged prisoner abuse, thought to be among up to 2,000 images Barack Obama is trying to prevent from being released, emerged yesterday.  —  The shocking images of inmates in Iraq …
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
G.M. Notifying 1,100 Dealers That They Will Be Dropped  —  DETROIT — General Motors is telling about 1,100 dealers on Friday that they will lose their franchises by late next year.  —  Unlike Chrysler, which on Thursday released a list of 789 dealers that it was cutting loose …
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
GM notifies 1,100 dealers they're out
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Clusterstock
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.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Judge Sotomayor's Appellate Opinions in Civil Cases  —  Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an obviously serious candidate to serve on the Supreme Court.  We have been struck by how the amount of commentary about Judge Sotomayor has ignored the most accessible and valuable source of information: her opinions as an appellate judge.
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 …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
In the Loop: The Not-So-Persuasive Liz Cheney  —  We now know at least one reason former vice president Dick Cheney was taking the Acela up to New York on Monday morning: He was going to attend a debate on U.S. policy on Iran where his daughter Liz Cheney, former principal deputy assistant secretary …
Major Matthew / VetVoice:
If We're Going to Reveal More Memos. . . .  Former VP Dick Cheney has requested the release of additional memos showing that torture and abuse saved American lives by preventing terrorist attacks.  If the Obama Administration decides to release these memos, then I suggest they also release statistics …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Newshoggers.com
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Obama the Destroyer  —  If somebody were deliberately trying to undermine the very fabric of these United States, he would first vow not just to change its policies but to completely “change America,” and then would do just about everything Barack Obama already has begun to do as president.
Discussion: Cold Fury
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's critique  —  Mitt Romney broadened his critique …
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Julie Gunlock / National Review:
Let Them Eat Arugula  —  The $787-billion economic-stimulus plan signed …
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama's barbed words worry corporate world
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Mika Brzezinski / New York Times:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOME OF HIS BEST FRIENDS ARE JEWS.... Arkansas' Kim Hendren ran …
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
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