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Effectiveness of Harsh Tactics Unclear; House Heavyweight Feels Threat; State vs. Federal Power

POSTED: 10:06 AM ET, 04/27/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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The president doesn't open or close the door on criminal prosecutions of anybody in this country because the legal determination about who knowingly breaks the law in any instance is not one that's made by the president of the United States."
— Press secretary Robert Gibbs, Advisers Pressed On Memo Fallout

Effectiveness of Harsh Tactics Unclear » Whether harsh tactics were decisive in Khalid Sheik Mohammed's interrogation may never be conclusively known, in large part because the CIA appears not to have tried traditional tactics for much time, if at all. — Washington Post

House Heavyweight Feels Threat » So powerful was Rep. John P. Murtha at one time that he used to put up billboards in his Western Pennsylvania district declaring that "the P is for Power." But today, a string of federal criminal investigations of contractors or lobbyists close to Murtha are threatening to undermine his backroom clout. — New York Times

State vs. Federal Power » On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal in an antidiscrimination case pitting New York against several national banks. If the state wins, it would mark a break with decades of precedent that mostly favors the powers of the federal government and open a new era for 50 state regulators to play a bigger role. — Wall Street Journal ($)

Water Woes Linked to Gas Drilling » A string of documented cases of gas escaping into drinking water is raising new concerns about the hidden costs of this economic tide and strengthening arguments across the country that drilling can put drinking water at risk. — ProPublica

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By Amanda Zamora |  April 27, 2009; 10:06 AM ET The Daily Read
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