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10:25 AM ET, April 25, 2011


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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks discloses new details on whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders on 9/11  —  On Sept. 11, 2001, the core of al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city: Karachi, Pakistan.  —  At a hospital, the accused mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole was recovering from a tonsillectomy.
New York Times:
Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — A trove of more than 700 classified military documents provides new and detailed accounts of the men who have done time at the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, and offers new insight into the evidence against the 172 men still locked up there.
WikiLeaks: Guantanamo Bay terrorist secrets revealed  —  Guantanamo Bay has been used to incarcerate dozens of terrorists who have admitted plotting terrifying attacks against the West - while imprisoning more than 150 totally innocent people, top-secret files disclose.
Massive leak reveals Guantánamo's secrets  —  • Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts  —  • Children, elderly and mentally ill among those wrongfully held  —  • 172 prisoners remain, some with no prospect of trial or release
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
WikiLeaks: Secret Guantanamo files show U.S. disarray
Discussion: Hot Air and Emptywheel
Military Documents Detail Life At Guantanamo
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Judging Detainees' Risk, Often With Flawed Evidence
Discussion: New York Magazine and Guardian
New York Times:
Libyan, Once a Detainee, Is Now a U.S. Ally of Sorts
Discussion: FrumForum
Wikileaks: Many at Guantanamo ‘not dangerous’
Discussion: Wonkette, Biased BBC and Lawfare
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Coburn takes on Norquist  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), arguably the most prominent fiscal conservative in the Senate, is declaring his independence from one of the country's leading anti-tax groups, Americans for Tax Reform - and its fiery founder, Grover Norquist.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Norquist: Coburn ‘lied his way’ into office  —  Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, just emailed a response to Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn's claim that his group is a narrow “special interest” that doesn't represent American conservatives.  And it's memorable.
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Robert De Niro To GOP, Donald Trump: ‘How Dare You!’ … Donald Trump , Robert De Niro , Robert De Niro GOP , Robert De Niro Obama , Robert De Niro Politics , Robert De Niro Tribeca Film Festival , Tribeca Film Festival , Robert De Niro Brian Williams , Entertainment News
S.T. Vanairsdale / Movieline:
At Tribeca: Robert De Niro Talks Scorsese Reunion, SNL Hosting and the GOP's ‘Big Hustle’
Royal Event / Hollywood Reporter:   Robert De Niro Slams Donald Trump Over Obama Comments
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Take a Hike  —  When I listen to current discussions of the federal budget, the message I hear sounds like this: We're in crisis!  We must take drastic action immediately!  And we must keep taxes low, if not actually cut them further!  —  You have to wonder: If things are that serious …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The anti-Palin crusaders  —  She is a promiscuous, petty and unintelligent, yet deviously conniving warmonger intent on capturing the Oval Office and, from there, the world.  —  Those are just some of the opinions about Sarah Palin held by members of a small, but extremely active network of gadflies …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mitch Daniels sounds fiscal alarm, but Indiana Republican hesitant to run in 2012  —  No prospective Republican presidential candidate has done more to highlight the issue of debt and deficits than Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.  He calls it the “new red menace,” an ocean of red ink …
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and FrumForum
Carolyn Thompson / Associated Press:
NY case underscores Wi-Fi privacy dangers  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. - Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of “pedophile!” and “pornographer!” stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure out the reason …
Syrian forces sweep into Deraa and Douma  —  Reports of shooting and heavy armour on the streets as Syrian soldiers join crackdown against anti-government protests.  —  More deaths have been reported in Syria where thousands of troops backed by heavy armour have swept into the volatile town of Deraa in the south of the country.
Nour Malas / Wall Street Journal:
Syrian Activists Begin to Mobilize
Discussion: Fox News and FrumForum
Washington Examiner:
Libya, Syria expose Obama's foreign policy incoherence  —  Teddy Roosevelt famously talked softly but carried a big stick.  President Obama does the opposite: He talks big but carries a stick that is steadily getting softer.  And sometimes he doesn't say or do anything at all, which is the worst possible situation.
Discussion: and Jihad Watch
Hundreds of Taliban in tunnel jail escape  —  Military commanders among more than 500 Taliban fighters broken out of prison via a 320-metre long tunnel.  —  Some 540 members of the Taliban including military commanders have escaped from Kandahar prison via a 320 metre-long tunnel …
Associated Press:
Taliban tunnels more than 480 out of Afghan prison
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems seek leverage by forcing GOP split on Ryan's budget plan  —  Senate Democratic aides expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to force Senate Republicans to vote on the Paul Ryan budget plan.  —  Reid hasn't made a formal decision yet, and won't until he returns from an overseas trip.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
With public's backing, Dems to push tax hikes for the wealthy
Discussion: The New Republic
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Significant New Progressive Ad Campaign Targets Republicans For Voting To End Medicare (VIDEO)
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Jon Huntsman and the Politics of Titles
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Ensign's resignation leads to GOP free-for-all
Hayley Peterson / Washington Examiner:
Obama a quick study on creating commissions
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Lawmakers Seek to Unclog Road to Confirmation
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