04.19.09

7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

Rahm gives Bush officials a pass on torture, an ex-CIA chief slams the administration, and Ana Marie Cox fesses up about those tea bag jokes. Watch it all in our Sunday roundup.

BOEHNER'S BARNYARD THOUGHTS ON GLOBAL WARMING

When asked about the Republican strategy to combat global warming, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner gives a lesson on emissions—but not the kind that come from cars or factories.

AXELROD SLAMS GOV. PERRY, TAX PROTESTERS

Appearing on Face the Nation, David Axelrod dismisses any talk of secession from the former Republic of Texas, and of the recent tax protests, says “the thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people.”

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COX CONFRONTED WITH "TEA BAG" QUIP

MSNBC went a bit overboard last week in its use of “tea bag” jokes, a fact for which The Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox, appearing on Reliable Sources, is forced to answer.

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HAS OBAMA DAMAGED THE CIA?

General Michael Hayden, who was in charge of the CIA from 2006 to February 2009, tells Chris Wallace that the release of the Bush torture-policy memos (which were written before Hayden’s tenure) means that the CIA has been become subject not to American law, but to political expediency.

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RAHM: NO PROSECUTIONS FOR TORTURE POLICIES

Rahm Emanuel gave news that may disappoint those who want to see Bush officials punished for devising the torture policies whose details were released last week: There will be no prosecutions.

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NAPOLITANO: BE WORRIED ABOUT EXTREMISTS, NOT VETERANS

On State of the Union, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano clarifies a recent intelligence report that infuriated veterans, but doesn’t back down on saying that they are recruitment targets for right-wing extremist groups.

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SUMMERS WAS FOR OPTIMISM BEFORE HE WAS AGAINST IT

Remember all those positive remarks you’ve been hearing lately from the president about the economy? Maybe Lawrence Summers wasn’t listening. Taking a page from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Summers is a bit pessimistic about an immediate economic recovery. Or is he just trying to diminish expectations?

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