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Achenblog: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Those Torture Memos

Sleep deprivation for 11 days. A bug in his box. Waterboarding. Ain't no word for any of this other than torture. I have to second the comment by Andrew Sullivan, who called one of the memos "as chilling an...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 17, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
 
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Obama's Tax Return

Three things jump out from the Obama tax return: First, he doesn't write off hardly anything on his Schedule C income. Very conservative approach. Were I his accountant I would tell him to write off every cup of coffee he's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 15, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
 
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How I'm Rescuing the Economy

I'm putting together a stimulus package you won't believe. Gonna write some big checks. True, some of them will be to sent to non-profit institutions, such as a university, which doesn't seem quite the same as buying a Silverado,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 15, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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My Colleague, the Pirate

More sniping: I keep hearing references to the pirates and their "colleagues." For example, here's a story from CBS/AP: "Somali pirates, meanwhile, vowed retaliation for the deaths of three colleagues killed by U.S. Navy snipers in the rescue." And the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 14, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Random Sniping

New sniper rifles can hit a tin can on a fencepost on a different continent: "Now, using .50-caliber weapons, snipers regularly hit beyond a mile, and there's a whole new lineup of weapons between .30 and .50 calibers -- the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 14, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Flapping Counter-Torque

The new pool that has kept Joel from blogging. (Martin Ruetschi -- Keystone via Associated Press) Got a new laptop and am just trying to break it in. It keeps throwing security messages at me, and password-memory prompts, and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 13, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Captain Rescued by Navy

Via Reuters, CNN is reporting that the captain of the Maersk Alabama is free, three pirates dead, one pirate captured. From AP: 'The district commissioner of the central Mudug region said talks went on all day Saturday, with clan...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 12, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
 
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