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Newsweek:
Report Reveals CIA Conducted Mock Executions  —  A long-awaited report on post-9/11 interrogation tactics will reveal harrowing new details about treatment of suspected terrorists. … A long-suppressed report by the Central Intelligence Agency's inspector general to be released next week reveals …
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Washington Post:
CIA Used Gun, Drill in Interrogation  —  IG Report Describes Tactics Against Alleged Cole Mastermind  —  CIA interrogators used a handgun and an electric drill to try to frighten a captured al-Qaeda commander into giving up information, according to a long-concealed agency report due …
New York Times:
New Reports of Harsh C.I.A. Tactics
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New York Times:   U.S. Still Using Security Firm It Broke With
Washington Post:
Constitutionality of Health Insurance Mandate Questioned  —  President Obama has called for a serious and reasoned debate about his plans to overhaul the health-care system.  Any such debate must include the question of whether it is constitutional for the federal government to adopt and implement the president's proposals.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
'I've never seen anything like this'  —  MARIANNA, Fla. — Rep Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) is a skilled politician who has pretty much seen it all — a Deep South Democrat who's managed to dispatch all opponents in his conservative-leaning Panhandle district since winning election in 1996.
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Why the Gang of Six is Deciding Health Care for Three Hundred Million of Us  —  Last night, the so-called “gang of six” — three Republican and three Democratic senators on the Senate Finance Committee — met by conference call and, according to Senator Max Baucus, the committee's chair …
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CNN:
Monitors: Taliban cut off fingers of Afghan voters  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — Making good on a threat of election day violence, the Taliban sliced off the index fingers of at least two people in Kandahar province, according to a vote monitoring group.  —  After they cast their ballots …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Steve Herman / Voice of America:
Taliban Reportedly Cut Off Fingers of 2 Voters
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The Huffington Post:
Snowe Says No Public Option, White House Says “That's Democracy”  —  The Senate Finance Committee will not include a public option in its health care bill, one of the key Republican negotiators said on Friday — to which the White House responded, with a shrug: “That's democracy.”
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Pentagon Shift Gives Names of Detainees to Red Cross  —  WASHINGTON — In a reversal of Pentagon policy, the military for the first time is notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross of the identities of militants who were being held in secret at a camp in Iraq and another …
Discussion: Emptywheel
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Loyal Opposition  —  Defeating Obamacare and the Taliban.  —  Six months into the Obama presidency, conservatives and Republicans have occasion for some good cheer.  —  It's not simply that key and noxious elements of Obama's legislative agenda are in serious trouble.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
“Wars of Necessity”  —  This phrase is getting kicked around a lot lately, I'm sort of in search of an operational definition.  Fortunately, here's Richard Haas: … If that's what people mean by “war of necessity” then I think we can probably do without the phrase.
New York Times:
Critics Driven by Racial Bias, Paterson Says  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson lashed out on Friday at critics who say he should not run for election, and he suggested that he was being undermined by an orchestrated, racially biased effort by the media to force him to step aside.
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New York Times:
Lutheran Group Eases Limits on Gay Clergy  —  After an emotional debate over the authority of Scripture and the limits of biblical inclusiveness, leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gay men and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as members of the clergy.
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Stimulus hits a pothole  —  And Obamacare can't be rationalized on economic or medical grounds because it's not about that.  It's about moving America left.  —  Recommend  —  The other day, wending my way from Woodsville, N.H., 40 miles south to Plymouth, I came across several “stimulus” …
Laurie Ure / CNN:
Report details misconduct at VA department  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — While hundreds of thousands of disability claims lay backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of technology employees at the department received $24 million in bonuses, a new report says.
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama to raise 10-year deficit to $9 trillion  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
10-year budget deficit grows by $2 trillion
 
 
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