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Jeff Stein / CQ Politics:
Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC  —  Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Walking and Chewing Gum  —  In my comments on the Harman story, you'll see I'm giving probably as much focus to the hows and whys of the government's role surveilling Harman as I am to what she's accused of.  So let me early on make this point clear — one issue does not override or trump the significance of the other.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Must Read  —  This story is so radioactive it's hard to know which of fifty different directions to go with it.  In brief, Jeff Stein at CQ has a much, much more detailed account of that story, first reported in 2006, of Rep. Jane Harman getting caught on a wiretapped phone call allegedly discussing …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Harman, AIPAC, Wiretapping  —  Here's a triple-wow story from Jeff Stein at CQ.  It seems that back during the heady days of the AIPAC spy case, Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) had a conversation with a “suspected Israeli agent” in which Harman promised to intervene on behalf of the suspected spies …
Ron Kampeas / blogs.jta.org:
Why the Harman leaks smell to high heaven
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama gores foreign policy ox … WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has gone abroad and gored an ox—the deeply held belief that the United States does not make mistakes in dealings with either friends or foes.  —  And in the process, he's taking a huge gamble both at home and abroad …
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama to Order Cabinet to Quickly Cut $100 Million From Department Budgets  —  President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, where he will order members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to order $100 million in cuts
John J. Miller / The Corner:   Smoke Signals  —  Wash Post: President Obama plans to convene …
Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Attacks Israel, U.S. at U.N. Racism Conference  —  GENEVA — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unleashed a blistering attack Monday against Israel and the United States, calling the Jewish state “racist” and lashing out at Americans for their support.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Gateway Pundit
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Times of London:
Walkout at UN conference after Iran president calls Israel ‘racist’  —  British delegates joined a dramatic diplomatic walkout today when President Ahmadinejad of Iran told a major UN conference against racism that the state of Israel had been founded “on the pretext of Jewish suffering” during the Second World War.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Waterboarding Used 266 Times on 2 Suspects  —  C.I.A. interrogators used waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration officials have described as illegal torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda, far more than had been previously reported.
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Fox News:
Waterboarding Used on 9/11 Mastermind 183 Times
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Erin Go Broke  —  “What,” asked my interlocutor, “is the worst-case outlook for the world economy?”  It wasn't until the next day that I came up with the right answer: America could turn Irish.  —  What's so bad about that?  Well, the Irish government now predicts that this year G.D.P …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Corrente
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
A Blast, an Ambush and a Sprint Out of a Taliban Kill Zone  —  ALIABAD, Afghanistan — The two Army lieutenants crouched against boulders beside the Korangal River.  Taliban gunfire poured down from villages and cliffs above, hitting tree branches and rocks and snapping as the bullets passed over the officers' helmets.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
RUDY RIPS GOV'S BID FOR GAY NUPS  —  RUDY GIULIANI is declaring war on gay marriage — vowing to use his strong opposition of it against the Democrats if he runs for governor next year.  —  The former mayor, in an extended interview with The Post, also predicted that Gov. Paterson's high-profile effort …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. May Convert Banks' Bailouts to Equity Share  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's top economic advisers have determined that they can shore up the nation's banking system without having to ask Congress for more money any time soon, according to administration officials.
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Fox News:   Administration Could Relieve Banks By Taking Ownership Stake
A.C. Kleinheider / Nashville City Paper:
Post Politics: The Tea Party revolution will likely be betrayed  —  While many on the Right are energized by the level of engagement on display by grassroots libertarians and conservatives in last week's “Tea Party” protests, conservatives should fight the urge to get too excited …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE SPEAKER.... One of the difficulties in discussing global warming with conservative Republicans is that they're often reluctant to take reality seriously. … The transcript of Boehner's remarks is online, and his office was proud enough of Boehner's on-air performance …
 
 
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