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2:25 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.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Reporters Gettin' Played
Discussion: rubber hose and Balloon Juice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo: You know, Pelosi may have a credibility problem
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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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 and Donklephant
Jason Rosenbaum / The Huffington Post:
That Didn't Take Long: Insurance Industry Breaks Promise To President Obama
Discussion: Left in the West
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Business Climbs Aboard
Discussion: Democratic Strategist and MSNBC
The Politico:
AHA head: W.H. misstated deal
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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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)  —  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 in our long-standing civilian court system …
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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 …
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: Daily Kos, On Deadline 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
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 …
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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Victor Davis Hanson / Associated Press:
Hanson: President Palins First 100 Days
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
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Will Tax Increases Kill The Recovery?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Newt Gingrich / Washington Examiner:
Lets NOT meet the Uighurs
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Reinventing Sen. Chris Dodd
CBS News:
SEC Attorneys Probed For Insider Trading
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Dear Mr. Buffett: About Those Newspapers . . .
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