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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 …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Panetta to CIA: 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.
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: Balloon Juice, rubber hose and TPMCafe
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Pelosi's Comments Raise Interrogation Debate to New Level
CNN:
Gingrich: ‘Absolute obligation’ to investigate Pelosi
Discussion: Salon and Truthdig
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHERE ARE JIM WRIGHT AND TOM FOLEY?.... One of the big political stories …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion, Eschaton and Wonkette
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
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Are Americans Galluping Toward The Pro-Life Label?
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IS THE ELECTORATE TILTING “PRO-LIFE?”
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
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USA Today:
Al Gore joins Cheney-Obama feud  —  In a CNN interview this morning, former Vice President Gore got involved in the political feud over his successor Dick Cheney.  —  Gore said he wished Cheney would have given President Obama more time in office before criticizing national security policy.
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
James Kirchick / The Plank:
The Latest Delusions of Lawrence Wilkerson
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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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 …
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
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Feckless Bloggers Evaluate Sonia Sotomayor By Reading Her Opinions
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama clears field for Gillibrand in New York  —  President Obama has cleared the Democratic primary field for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, two Democrats said, asking Rep. Steve Israel not to challenge her in the primary.  —  “The President doesn't want a messy primary in New York …
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 Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions  —  [Updated below - Update II - Update III (Obama's statement) - Update IV - Update V (ACLU interview) - Update VI]  —  It now appears definitive that the Obama administration will attempt to preserve a “modified” version of George Bush's military commissions …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ticking Time Bomb Slippery Slope  —  Torture apologists invariably wind up invoking outlandish “ticking time bomb” hypotheticals to justify their barbarous behavior.  Wouldn't you torture someone to prevent the imminent nuclear destruction of Los Angeles?
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   KRAUTHAMMER'S BEST EXAMPLE.... The Washington Post's Charles …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
China to open first sex theme park  —  Love Land in Chongqing aims to address taboo and improve sex education but many residents see it as vulgar  —  Maybe it was the giant revolving model of a woman's legs and lower torso, clad only in an unflattering crimson thong, or perhaps it was the oversized replica of a set of genitals.
Discussion: FP Passport and Jezebel
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gore chides Cheney … post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  I guess his phony racket of selling those bogus carbon credits to Birkenstock-wearing, tree hugging dopers is drying up and Al needs to find new relevance.  With any luck this moron will walk right …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Gore: Cheney early, and fine one to talk
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's critique  —  Mitt Romney broadened his critique of President Obama in a speech to the NRA today, attacking him on familiar economic themes and broadening his national security attacks to embrace Vice President Dick Cheney's line that Obama is rolling back policies that kept America safe:
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC and GOP 12
John Koblin / New York Observer:
New York Times Considers Two Plans to Charge for Content on the Web  —  By the end of June, The New York Times will come to a decision on how to charge for some of its content on the Web, The Observer has learned.  —  Executive editor Bill Keller said at a meeting with staff on Wednesday …
Discussion: New York Magazine
 
 
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
Newt Gingrich / Washington Examiner:
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