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11:35 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.  But spelled it wrong.  The psychiatrist wrote in September 2006 that we needed to bomb Iran within one year or they'd bomb us.  How'd that moral shortcut work out?  He's also had a long-time chubby for torture.  —  Moral monster.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo: You know, Pelosi may have a credibility problem  —  I don't want to pick on Dan Balz for this report on the Nancy Pelosi-CIA follies, because in this case, he does his best to stay objective on a story where the obvious exceeds the limits of journalism.
The Hill:
Storm center over Pelosi
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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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Matt Smith / CNN:
Powell aide says torture helped build Iraq war case  —  (CNN) — Finding a “smoking gun” linking Iraq and al Qaeda became the main purpose of the abusive interrogation program the Bush administration authorized in 2002, a former State Department official told CNN on Thursday.
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
With Specter in, Torsella bows out of Senate race  —  Democrat Joe Torsella is dropping out of the 2010 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race, a casualty of five-term Sen. Arlen Specter's decision last month to become a Democrat.  —  Torsella, former president of the National Constitution Center …
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New York Times:
Six Insurers Named to Get U.S. Taxpayer Aid  —  Six major insurance companies have received preliminary approval to get billions of dollars in fresh capital as part of the government's financial rescue program, a Treasury Department spokesman confirmed on Thursday.
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Washington Post:
Treasury Agrees To Aid Insurers
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Reinventing Sen. Chris Dodd  —  The Chris Dodd reclamation project is in full swing, but even Dodd admits it's an iffy proposition.  —  Facing all-time low approval ratings as he heads into the 2010 election, Sen. Dodd (D-Conn.) is reinventing himself to the voters he's represented for almost 30 years.
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Anti-tobacco crusader to CDC
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