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9:40 PM ET, May 22, 2009


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Ryan Pollyea / NBC Chicago:
Mancow Waterboarded, Admits It's Torture  —  “It is way worse than I thought it would be”  —  Shock jocks shock.  —  And so it went Friday morning when WLS radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller decided to subject himself to the controversial practice of waterboarding live on his show.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Conservative Radio Host Has Himself Waterboard to Prove It's Not Torture, Realizes He Was Wrong  —  Via John Chait, it seems that conservative talk radio host Eric “Mancow” Muller decided it would be a fun stunt to have himself waterboarded in order to prove that it's not really torture.
Raw Story:
Update with video: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, lasts six seconds before saying it's ‘absolutely torture’ — 'If I knew... I wouldn't have'  —  Chicago radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller decided he'd get himself waterboarded to prove the technique wasn't torture.  —  It didn't turn out that way.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Talk Show Host Mancow Waterboarded: Says It's “Absolutely Torture”
Kevin Allen / Sports Pros:
Mancow gets waterboarded
Discussion: Firedoglake and Progress Illinois
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Cheney's speech ignored some inconvenient truths  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney's defense Thursday of the Bush administration's policies for interrogating suspected terrorists contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements.  —  In his address to the American Enterprise Institute …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
First on The CNN Ticker: Ridge disagrees with Cheney  —  (CNN) — Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told CNN former Vice President Dick Cheney's repeated charge the Obama administration has made the country less safe is wrong.  —  “Yeah, I disagree with Dick Cheney,” …
US News:
Conservatives: Liz Cheney Should Run for Office  —  The hottest Republican property out there isn't former Vice President Dick Cheney but his daughter Liz, who has taken to the airwaves to defend her dad and the whole Bush administration on national security and Guantánamo Bay issues.
Noel Sheppard /
Olbermann Calls Dick Cheney ‘As Insane As Any Terrorist’  —  MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has said a lot of disgraceful things in his tenure as “Countdown” host, but on Thursday evening, he attacked former Vice President Dick Cheney in a fashion that should make all of America's enemies both here and abroad proud.
Discussion: PoliGazette, Hot Air, Raw Story and MSNBC
Ray Reed / News & Advance:
Kaine calls on LU to reconsider Democratic club ban  —  Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. made his first public comments today about the university's suspension of the campus Democratic party club.  —  “That club still has the right to exist,” Falwell said, although it cannot use the university's name in its activities.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Liberty U. bans Democrats
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and INSTAPUTZ
Anne Reynolds / NBC Washington:
Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers?  —  Kids locked out of White House; officials say they were too late  —  Thursday was supposed to be the highlight of the year for more than 100 kindergarteners from Stafford County, Va. They got up early and took a chartered bus to the White House for a school field trip.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Some fear Pelosi attacks may backfire  —  After a one-two punch from Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney, House Minority Leader John Boehner and other Republican lawmakers worry that their party has overplayed its hand on Nancy Pelosi.  —  The Republicans' fear: Gingrich's call for Pelosi's ouster …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Newburgh Four — And The Goverment Mole Who Betrayed Them  —  We're starting to get a rich picture of the four hapless Jihadis who were arrested Wednesday night for plotting to bomb two New York synagogues, as well as the FBI informant who deceived them.
Wendy Wright / Human Events:
Obama Aide: Not Our Goal to Reduce Abortions  —  Author's Note: Because of the Obama speech at Notre Dame and the widespread misunderstanding that this Administration has fostered, others have urged me to make public what the White House official in charge of finding “common ground” stated in our meeting.
The Huffington Post:
Jesse Ventura Challenges Hannity On Waterboarding: “I'll Get Him To Say Obama Is The Greatest President”  —  Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate, vows that if he waterboarded Sean Hannity, he'd get the right-wing Fox News host to say that “Barack Obama is the greatest president.”
Discussion: The Swamp, TVNewser and VetVoice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NEPOTISM REIGNS.... Mid-day yesterday, I noticed that Mark Halperin had a headline that read, “Round 2: Liz Cheney vs Axe.”  Round 1, apparently, was President Obama and former Vice President Cheney, and Round 2's “Axe” refers to David Axelrod, Senior White House Advisor to the president.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Larry v. Liz
Discussion: The Plum Line
Rick Casey / Houston Chronicle:
Mayor quits job for gay illegal immigrant he loves  —  It was, simply put, the most stunning abdication since King Edward VIII in 1936 gave up the British throne for Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American socialite.  —  Only two weeks after being elected to serve his fourth term …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Swampland
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Facts and myths about Obama's preventive detention proposal  —  [Updated below - Update II (Interview with ACLU) - Update III - Update IV - Update V ]  —  In the wake of Obama's speech yesterday, there are vast numbers of new converts who now support indefinite “preventive detention.”
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Rubicon Of Indefinite Detention
Discussion: Salon, TalkLeft and Room for Debate
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
“I don't know why your husband doesn't put a gun to his temple.”  —  En route to pick up a tux for a wedding I'm attending this weekend, I flipped on the radio in my mother's car, found it tuned to the AM dial, and heard a host so petulant that he is an outlier even on talk radio.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
OBAMA TO APOLOGIZE TO GERMANY FOR WWII?  —  The latest inconceivable Obamaction is yet another unbecoming apology in Europe, this time in Germany for WWII.  John Rosenthal suggests, “As bizarre as it may seem, President Obama's impending trip to Dresden suggests that German revisionists have a friend in the White House”.
Bertrand Fan / Sunlight Labs:
Labs Contest  —  Apps for America 2: The Challenge  —  What it Is  —  Apps for America is a special contest we're putting on this year to celebrate the release of!  We're doing it alongside Google, O'Reilly Media, and TechWeb and the winners will be announced …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
President Above-It-All  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is available exclusively through King Features Syndicate.  For permission to reprint or excerpt this copyrighted material, please contact:, or phone 800-708-7311, ext 246.  —  Put Barack Obama in front of a teleprompter …
Discussion: GINA COBB, JustOneMinute and Hot Air
Tami Luhby /
Unemployment rate down in 21 states  —  Economic picture improves for some in April.  Eleven states have no change in rate, while 18 and D.C. see jobless rate rise.  Michigan still leads the nation.  —  NEW YORK ( — The employment situation in the states showed signs of stabilizing last month.
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
“Out of the loop” Joe Biden says decision to shut Guantanamo was “like opening Pandora's Box”  —  Thank goodness for Vice President Joe Biden.  In one of the few amusing parts of the Wanda Sykes comedy routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she said: “God forbid that Joe Biden falls …
Outrage at Serbia ‘beating’ video  —  A young patient appears to be beaten repeatedly with a shovel (Video courtesy of Vreme magazine)  —  Officials in Serbia are investigating a rehabilitation centre affiliated to the Orthodox Church where drug addicts have allegedly been filmed being beaten.
Discussion: Pharyngula and Shakesville
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Citizen Spies Lift North Korea's Veil  —  With Sleuthing and Satellite Images, Mr. Melvin Fills the Blanks on a Secretive Nation's Map  —  SEOUL — In the propaganda blitz that followed North Korea's missile launch last month, the country's state media released photos of leader Kim Jong Il visiting …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blue Double Cross  —  That didn't take long.  Less than two weeks have passed since much of the medical-industrial complex made a big show of working with President Obama on health care reform — and the double-crossing is already well under way.  Indeed, it's now clear that even as they met …
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
For GOP, A Southern Exposure  —  REPUBLICAN STRENGTH IN THE SOUTH HAS BOTH COMPENSATED FOR AND MASKED THE EXTENT OF THE PARTY'S DECLINE ELSEWHERE.  —  Founded in the decade before the Civil War as the Northern voice of union, the Republican Party today is more electorally dependent on the South than at any point in its past.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ka-blam! Obama gives Biden new White House duty: arms deliverer
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Moe Lane
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Should Defaulters Feel Bad?
Fed's Plosser Says Inflation to Increase, Warns of Complacency
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Be Devine / Calitics:
Prop 8 Decision Tuesday!
Discussion: MyDD, Hullabaloo and Pam's House Blend
Michael Tomasky / New York Magazine:
Obama's Real Hundred Days
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John McCaslin / Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway  —  Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
U.S. Jobless Rate May Soon Top Europe's
Michael Kinsley / The New Republic:
Backward Runs ‘Newsweek’
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Women are unhappier than ever.
Discussion: GayPatriot