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1:10 PM 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.
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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.
Guardian:
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  —  • Interactive guide to all 779 detainees
Amy Davidson / Close Read:
WikiLeaks: The Uses of Guantánamo
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
As Acts of War or Despair, Suicides Rattle a Prison
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clement firm drops DOMA case  —  In a real victory for supporters of same-sex marriage — and marking what seems like real marginalization for its foes — a major law firm has reversed course and will refuse to represent the House of Representatives in defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Law Firm Backs Out Of Agreement To Defend DOMA: Vetting Process Was ‘Inadequate’ [UPDATE] … Eric Holder Attorney General , Gay Marriage , Defense Of Marriage Act , Boehner Defense Of Marriage Act , Doma , King And Spalding , King And Spalding Defense Of Marriage Act , Marriage Equality , Politics News
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Clement quits firm over Defense of Marriage Act flap  —  Former Solicitor General Paul Clement resigned Monday from his law firm, King & Spalding, over the firm's abrupt and belated decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the House of Representatives.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court rejects quick review of health care law  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia's attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track.  Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama's signature legislation …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court takes a pass on health care
First Read / msnbc.com:
Supreme Court won't fast track Va. challenge to health law
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court turns down Virginia's request to expedite review of health-care law
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, FrumForum and DCist
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Supreme Court won't jump into health care fray - for now
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Norquist: Coburn ‘lied his way’ into office
Discussion: The Caucus and CNN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COBURN, NORQUIST, AND THE GANG OF SIX.... We don't know what they've come …
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 …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   How The Deal Led Us To Norquist's Victory On The Deficit
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE PLAN TO PUT THE SENATE GOP ON THE SPOT.... When congressional …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Haley's advice to GOP presidential hopefuls: Change your message  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said Monday she is not satisfied with the message that the crop of GOP presidential hopefuls has brought to her state.  —  Haley — a rising star in the party and governor …
Discussion: CNN
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Haley Pressures Obama, '12 Field on NLRB
New York Post:
Heaven can wait  —  Don't call him Father Jim just yet.  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey — who shocked the nation in 2004 when he announced he was a “gay American” and stepped down from office — has been denied his bid to join the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, The Post has learned.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Case for Hell  —  Here's a revealing snapshot of religion in America.  On Easter Sunday, two of the top three books on Amazon.com's Religion and Spirituality best-seller list mapped the geography of the afterlife.  One was “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back …
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 …
New York Times:
Taliban Help Hundreds Tunnel Out of Prison's Political Wing  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban staged an audacious prison break here early Monday, freeing at least 476 political prisoners through a long tunnel, according to the warden, Gen. Ghulam Dastagir Mayar.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
 
 
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