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1:05 PM 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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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.
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.
Discussion: American Power
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KRAUTHAMMER'S BEST EXAMPLE.... The Washington Post's Charles …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Hill:
Storm center over Pelosi
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.
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Fiscal Suicide Ahead
Discussion: Commentary
Jason Rosenbaum / The Huffington Post:
That Didn't Take Long: Insurance Industry Breaks Promise To President Obama
Discussion: Left in the West
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.”
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story, Daily Kos and On Deadline
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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.
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 …
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
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.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Dear Mr. Buffett: About Those Newspapers . . .  Dear Mr. Buffett:  —  I don't make a habit of corresponding with directors of The Washington Post Co. — it's not normally a great career move.  However, your recent comments about the folly of investing in newspapers received much attention and hit close to home.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Romenesko
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
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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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
The 81% Tax Increase  —  To pay for government's promises on Social Security and Medicare.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Will Tax Increases Kill The Recovery?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Pentagon's Gates Keeps Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
A. G. Sulzberger / City Room:
F.T.C. Cracks Down on Car-Warranty Robocalls
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
With Specter in, Torsella bows out of Senate race
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Reinventing Sen. Chris Dodd
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Uncle Sam and Uncle John
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The obligatory “Miss California to guest host Fox & Friends” post
James Hider / Times of London:
Leon Panetta's mission to stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant
 

 
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Associated Press:
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