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10:15 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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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.
Attaturk / Firedoglake:   Moral Monster  —  Charles Krauthammer took the Hippocratic Oath.
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 …
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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 …
Ed Henry / CNN:
Obama to resurrect military tribunals for terror suspects
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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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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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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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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 …
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: QandO, TigerHawk and MoJo Blog Posts
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 …
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.”
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: AMERICAblog News and Balloon Juice
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New York Times:
Six Insurers Named to Get U.S. Taxpayer Aid
Discussion: DealBook
New York Times:
New York City Official Is Obama Pick for C.D.C.  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce on Friday that he has chosen Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the New York City health commissioner, as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administration officials said Thursday.
Discussion: City Room
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Anti-tobacco crusader to CDC
Discussion: The Swamp and The Treatment
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
The obligatory “Miss California to guest host Fox & Friends” post  —  Perfectly predictable, so much so that I almost called it a few weeks ago.  And yet, I'm torn.  Pro: She's so hot, she's capable of turning straight women gay.  The more airtime, the merrier.
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US News:
Miss California on Cable News: Fox & Friends Gives Carrie Prejean Her Chance
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Abortion, Obama Is Drawn Into Debate He Hoped to Avoid  —  WASHINGTON — In nearly four months in office, President Obama has pursued a careful two-pronged strategy on abortion, enacting policies that secure a woman's right to the procedure while vowing to move beyond the culture wars …
 
 
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CBS News:
SEC Attorneys Probed For Insider Trading
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Happy Friday!
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
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In Politics of School Reform, Transparency Doesn't Equal Accountability
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Obama: twice rolled by his generals
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House votes $97 billion war funds, despite doubts
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Mexican Data Say Migration to U.S. Has Plummeted
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod, Obama: Close, not that close
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Tom Fahey / UnionLeader.com:
Governor not ready to sign gay marriage bill