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By Dan Froomkin
12:12 PM ET, 02/ 9/2009

The Washington Post editorial board writes that former Vice President Cheney "should be apologizing rather than defending the extreme Bush administration policies on detention and interrogation that he championed."

Walter Pincus writes in The Post: "Leon E. Panetta, President Obama's choice to be CIA director, told Congress yesterday that he would investigate assertions by the current agency leadership that harsh interrogation tactics used on terrorism suspects, such as waterboarding, led to useful information."

Karen DeYoung writes in The Post: "President Obama plans to order a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Council, expanding its membership and increasing its authority to set strategy across a wide spectrum of international and domestic issues."

Margaret Talev and Carol Rosenberg write for McClatchy Newspapers: "After an emotional, private meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, survivors and victims' relatives of two al Qaida attacks said Friday that the president quelled some of their fears about closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention center, promised them an 'open-door' policy and a hand in shaping anti-terror policies, and said he is considering a modified military commission system to try detainees."

Howard Kurtz writes in The Post: "Despite early speculation that the new administration would use newfangled technology to bypass the mainstream media, the president has been strikingly accessible, sitting for interviews or fielding reporters' questions virtually every weekday."

Mark Knoller reports for CBS News: "Though Barack Obama spent two years zigzagging the country on a nearly non-stop campaign and he’s only been President for 18 days, he’s already feeling confined at the White House. "

Ayesha Rascoe blogs for Reuters about the Obama family's attendance at a 50th anniversary celebration performance by the Alvin Ailey dance company at the Kennedy Center on Friday night. "The audience at the sold out show greeted the Obamas with raucous applause as the first family waved from a red VIP box decorated with the presidential seal."

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