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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
The 2004 CIA Inspector General Report on Torture  —  Classified for years — and still heavily redacted — here is former CIA Inspector General John Helgerson's 2004 report into the CIA's Bush-era interrogations operations.  The ACLU sued to obtain the controversial report …
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 …
Leon E. Panetta / Fox News:
RAW DATA: Panetta Letter to CIA Staff on Release of Interrogation Report  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta sent the following note to the agency's workforce Monday on the release of a report on interrogation practices.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Message from the Director: Release of Material on Past Detention Practices
Discussion: Reuters
New York Times:
Rendition of Terror Suspects Will Continue Under Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration's practice of sending terror suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but will monitor their treatment to insure they are not tortured, administration officials said on Monday.
Discussion: Boston Globe, unbossed.com and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CIA Will Release Torture Docs Cheney Requested; Will Also Release Report On Torture's “Effectiveness”  —  This had been expected, and I've confirmed it: The CIA today will release the two documents Dick Cheney requested this spring that he claims will prove torture worked.
The Huffington Post:
Panetta Threatened To Quit, Got In “Screaming Match” Over Torture Probe
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's CIA in turmoil; Panetta on the ledge; awaiting document dump
Discussion: The Swamp and Flopping Aces
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Eric Holder announces investigation based on Abu Ghraib model
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Obtained: The CIA Documents Dick Cheney Says Vindicate Torture
Discussion: Emptywheel and Opinio Juris
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.
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Jim Seckler / Mohave Daily News:
Franks goes on the attack  —  Congressman critical of Obama's policies  —  KINGMAN - A big, boisterous crowd largely supported an Arizona Congressman, who lambasted the Democratic president and his policies.  —  Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican representing Arizona's 2nd Congressional District …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Franks: ‘Ridiculous’ O won't produce long-form certificate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Franks in July: Obama ‘born in Hawaii’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Report: Arizona Rep. considering birther lawsuit UPDATE
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Now the Birthers are demanding to know: Was Obama circumcised?  —  The General digs up the, ah, hot tip: … Anyone remember how Republicans wound up obsessing over Bill Clinton's Johnson, ad nauseam, even on TV?  I remember Ann Coulter speculating over Paula Jones' claims about the shape …
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 …
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
UPDATED: Obama's VA pulls so-called ‘Death Book’ from website  —  Jim Towey wrote last week in the Wall Street Journal that Obama's Veterans' Affairs department had revived a controversial and previously discontinued 53-page pamphlet on end-of-life issues for wounded soldiers.
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:   Now They Don't Even Pretend. Fox Fabricates ‘Death Book’ for Vets
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 …
The Note:
Feingold to Obama: Announce Withdrawal Timetable from Afghanistan  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports:  —  The Obama administration has been keenly aware of discontent among many in its liberal base with regard to its Afghanistan policy and an expected request for additional troops following …
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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 …
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
AMERICAN JEWISH PHILANTHROPIST USES THE “A” WORD.  —  This is relatively huge: Jewish uber-philanthropist Edgar Bronfman — one of the main funders behind the Birthright Israel program, which sends young American Jews to Israel to develop their Zionist sympathies — has come out in the Huffington Post …
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Oberleutnant Beck ist Arguing With Ze Idiots!  —  Barnes & Noble has posted the cover of Glenn Beck's forthcoming book, Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government, which appears to show the weepy cable yapper striking his best Werner Klemperer pose and, for some unexplained reason …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New Ad Targets Palin's Facebook Supporters, Tells Them She's A Liar  —  Hard to say if this'll work, but nothing else has killed the death panel lie, so why not try this?  —  Americans United For Change, the labor-backed White House ally, is attempting a new one: Running an ad on Facebook …
Discussion: Mediaite
Kos / Daily Kos:
TN-05: Natives aren't happy with Blue Dog Jim Cooper  —  Seriously, cue up a primary challenger.  —  Research 2000 poll of the Tennessee 5th Congressional District for Daily Kos. 8/17-19.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (no trend lines)  —  Favorable Unfavorable  —  Jim Cooper 47 41
Detroit Free Press:
$10B aimed at union retirees  —  Provision called welfare by some, not enough by others  —  WASHINGTON — Antilabor forces say it's welfare for the UAW and Democrats' union allies.  Labor supporters say it falls short of what's needed as tens of thousands of union members are pushed …
Associated Press:
Veterans Affairs mistakenly tells 1,200 they have Lou Gehrig's, a fatal neurological disease  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least 1,200 veterans across the country have been mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological disease.
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
If Not Health Care, What?  —  The idea of postponing health care reform—until, say, the economy improves— doesn't seem appealing to many Democrats now.  ** But it might soon.  The problem, as Michael Goodwin's recent column points out, is that the issues waiting in the wings …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and JustOneMinute
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Consider Tactic to Push Through Government Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Sunday that they were fleshing out plans to pass health legislation, particularly the option of a new government-run insurance program, with a simple majority …
 
 
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Learning to Live with Islam — By: Mark Steyn
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Baldwin: Lieberman's one of a ‘few moderate Republicans left’
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
Lethal levels of propofol found in Michael Jackson's body, affidavit says [Updated]
Discussion: Gawker
Associated Press:
U.S. school districts cut yellow buses
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Change is tough. So liberals can't just leave it to Obama
The Note:
Is Hillary Clinton Less Powerful Now Than She Was in the Senate?
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