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3:00 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: rubber hose and Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KRAUTHAMMER'S BEST EXAMPLE.... The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer received some well-deserved flak after his pro-torture column a couple of weeks ago.  He argued at the time, that “the ticking time bomb” is a reasonable excuse for torture.  “An innocent's life is at stake,” Krauthammer said.
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Moral Monster  —  Charles Krauthammer took the Hippocratic Oath.
Discussion: American Power
CNN:
Gingrich: ‘Obligation’ to investigate Pelosi
Discussion: Truthdig
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ticking Time Bomb Slippery Slope
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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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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Fiscal Suicide Ahead
Discussion: Commentary and Donklephant
Bloomberg:
Obama Says U.S. Long-Term Debt Load ‘Unsustainable’
Jason Rosenbaum / The Huffington Post:
That Didn't Take Long: Insurance Industry Breaks Promise To President Obama
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Left in the West
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Business Climbs Aboard
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions  —  [updated below - Update II - Update III (Obama's statement)]  —  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
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / Associated Press:
Hanson: President Palins First 100 Days  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: In these messianic times we have slouched into an acceptance of presidential worship, and we need to be reminded from time to time that the media's Obama standard is really no standard at all.  The following is a sequel to the recent “Bush Did It.”
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 …
Discussion: On Deadline, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
In Limbo: Dawn Johnsen's Nomination Stalls Thanks to Democrats  —  For several weeks—while torture revelations have dominated headlines and with the scandal still very much alive—Dawn Johnsen has been waiting.  She's Obama's pick to head the Office of Legal Counsel—the same Justice Department shop …
Discussion: Christy Hardin Smith and Moe Lane
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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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Volokh Conspiracy
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Lieberman to pay $50K campaign finance penalty  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Friday agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty for campaign finance violations.  —  According to the Federal Election Commission, Lieberman's 2006 reelection campaign and its treasurer, Lynn Fusco …
Discussion: Politics Daily
National Journal Online:
Political Insiders Poll  —  Q: Has Dick Cheney helped or hurt the Republican Party since leaving office?  —  Democrats (103 votes)  —  Helped 6 percent Hurt 92 percent  —  Both; neither; time will tell  —  (volunteered) 3 percent  —  Helped
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 …
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
GM notifies 1,100 dealers they're out  —  Automaker makes big cut as part of plan to drop 40% of dealer network.  Many are expected to leave business this year.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — General Motors notified 1,100 of its 6,000 dealerships Friday that it is terminating their contracts …
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Clusterstock
 
 
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China to open first sex theme park
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
New York Times Considers Two Plans to Charge for Content on the Web
Discussion: New York Magazine and BuzzMachine
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to O'Reilly: Detainee-photo uproar a reminder that torture …
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
Indiana Says ‘No Thanks’ to Cap and Trade
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
The 81% Tax Increase  —  To pay for government's promises on Social Security and Medicare.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Will Tax Increases Kill The Recovery?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Newt Gingrich / Washington Examiner:
Lets NOT meet the Uighurs
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Reinventing Sen. Chris Dodd
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Dear Mr. Buffett: About Those Newspapers . . .
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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