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5:30 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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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 / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Panetta to CIA employees: 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.
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 …
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich rips into Pelosi
Discussion: Truthdig 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 and Townhall.com
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Are Americans Galluping Toward The Pro-Life Label?
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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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 …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Moral Monster  —  Charles Krauthammer took the Hippocratic Oath.
Discussion: American Power
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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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: The Volokh Conspiracy and TalkLeft
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Feckless Bloggers Evaluate Sonia Sotomayor By Reading Her Opinions
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 …
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
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Clusterstock
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 …
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New York Times:
Obama Planning to Keep Tribunals for Detainees
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.
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
Discussion: The Politico
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.”
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 …
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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Memo to O'Reilly: Detainee-photo uproar a reminder that torture …
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