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Scritti Politti: April 27, 2009

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And now, A Child's Garden Of Eat The Press Portfolio Remembrances:

4/12/2007: Inside The Super-Secret Portfolio Vault!

4/16/2007: Portfolio a Deux

4/18/2007: It Seems That Some of You Aren't Prepared To Welcome Our New 'Portfolio' Overlords

5/15/2007: Portfolio Crunches Rupe's Numbers; And Also, The Eagles

12/31/2007: Media Winners of 2007

10/14/2008: Jon Friedman Tries To Save Portfolio

We'll miss you, shiny shiny magazine!

Parting Shot: In their final issue, Portfolio takes on Tim Geithner. They say it's never too late!

Torture Polling: Gallup's recent polling on the torture memos, via Greg Sargent:

So 51% favor a government investigation of the use of "harsh interrogation techniques," and only 42% oppose one.

What's particularly interesting here, though, is that a solid majority of 55% also finds that the use of such techniques was justified, versus only 36% who say it wasn't -- and yet a slim majority still favors a probe. That suggests, I think, that voters are capable of wanting a thorough airing of precisely what happened and when, even if they don't necessarily oppose the use of torture.

So, some of the people who want a probe aren't necessarily against the practice of torture. Look for this to continue to play as the obsession of fringe weirdos, despite the fact that the "fringe" is now the majority.

Tomorrow's Massive Panic: Will probably be brought to you by Twitter.

The Pandemic Effect on Stimulus: Quoth the CDC: "Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them." Matt Yglesias laments the lack of consideration given to the public health access side of the equation.

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