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10:45 AM ET, August 24, 2009

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David Johnston / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Approves New Team to Question Key Terror Suspects  —  Move Shifts Interrogation Oversight From the CIA to the White House  —  President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects, part of a broader effort to revamp U.S. policy …
Rich Calder / New York Post:
BERNIE ‘DYING’ IN JAIL  —  ‘20 PILLS FOR CANCER’  —  Bernie Madoff had little to lose by confessing to masterminding the world's biggest Ponzi scheme — he's dying of cancer, sources told The Post.  —  Madoff, who is serving 150 years at a North Carolina federal lockup after pleading guilty …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Don't Blame Obama  —  Throughout the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama's most loyal constituencies were the national press corps and the left wing of the Democratic Party.  —  Those on the left loved him because they thought he was one of them.  They tolerated all the happy talk about bipartisanship …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Military Says Its Force in Afghanistan Is Insufficient  —  BAGRAM, Afghanistan — American military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Obama's chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operate across borders.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
All the President's Zombies  —  The debate over the “public option” in health care has been dismaying in many ways.  Perhaps the most depressing aspect for progressives, however, has been the extent to which opponents of greater choice in health care have gained traction — in Congress …
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Paul Krugman on “This Week”: “The Argument Against the Public Option …
Wall Street Journal:
The Competition Cure  —  A better idea to make health insurance affordable everywhere.  —  Washington Wire  —  Obama Has Message for Press Corps: ‘Relax’  —  President Barack Obama, his family and First Dog Bo left Washington for Martha's Vineyard this afternoon, after delaying their flight …
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Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Amid buzz, Obamas enter quietly
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIEBERMAN COWERS IN THE FACE OF CRISIS.... The conventional wisdom is that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) of Connecticut is willing to stand with the Democratic caucus on everything except national security issues.  He continues to prove, however, that this isn't true at all.
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Martina Stewart / CNN:   Lieberman: Obama should delay trying to cover the uninsured
Madeleine Bunting / Guardian:
In control?  Think again.  Our ideas of brain and human nature are myths  —  The notion of individual autonomy underpins our society, yet new research suggests this guiding principle is an illusion  —  It was browsing in a bookshop that got me started.  I was confronted by a bank …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists, Left Out of The Debate  —  Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts  —  For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists.  —  They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama's death panels …
Discussion: Mediaite and Stop The ACLU
Michael S. Steele / Washington Post:
GOP Would Protect Health Care for Seniors  —  Americans are engaged in a critical debate over reforming our health-care system.  While Republicans believe that reforms are necessary, President Obama's plan for a government-run health-care system is the wrong prescription.
Nouriel Roubini / Financial Times:
The risk of a double-dip recession is rising  —  The global economy is starting to bottom out from the worst recession and financial crisis since the Great Depression.  In the fourth quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009 the rate at which most advanced economies were contracting was similar …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Less Than Half of Top Obama Appointees Are in Place  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still playing without most of his own team.  Seven months into his presidency, fewer than half of his top appointees are in place advancing his agenda.
Los Angeles Times:
Healthcare insurers get upper hand  —  Obama's overhaul fight is being won by the industry, experts say.  The end result may be a financial ‘bonanza.’  —  Reporting from Washington - Lashed by liberals and threatened with more government regulation, the insurance industry nevertheless rallied …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranians to Fund Opposition Research  —  Funding Passed In Retaliation, Lawmakers Say  —  Iranian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for a bill creating a $20 million fund intended in part to expose human rights violations by the United States, the ILNA news agency reported.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman's Trading Tips Reward Its Biggest Clients  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. research analyst Marc Irizarry's published rating on mutual-fund manager Janus Capital Group Inc. was a lackluster “neutral” in early April 2008.  But at an internal meeting that month, the analyst told dozens …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Political Talk Shows Talk Themselves Out of Ads  —  Cable TV Genre Draws Viewers, but Advertisers Skittish; Clorox Pulls Out  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Could Glenn Beck be killing off an entire cable genre?  —  After the recent controversy over the cable talker, marketers seem …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Same old story from the same old jerk  —  Joe Lieberman's love of spending hundreds of billions on freedom through explosions knows no bounds.  There are no limits to how much Lieberman would ask the American tax-payer over generations to pay for his beloved wars.
 
 
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