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1:25 PM ET, August 22, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Stop The ACLU and Raw Story
New York Times:
New Reports of Harsh C.I.A. Tactics  —  Several news organizations reported Friday night that a Central Intelligence Agency report due to be made public next week details extreme tactics employed by agency interrogators, including what was described as a “mock execution.”
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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.
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  —  An Afghan election monitoring group says Taliban insurgents have made good on their threat to chop off ink-stained fingers of voters.  Meanwhile, international observers are rendering a tentative verdict on the electoral process …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
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
James R. Horney / cbpp.org:
Five Keys to Understanding New 2009 Deficit Estimates
John Harrington / Associated Press:
Baucus defends bipartisan health reform  —  Sen. Max Baucus on Thursday defended his insistence on a bipartisan process for delivering a health care reform bill to the floor of the Senate, claiming that an approach involving both Republicans and Democrats has the best chance for success …
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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.
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
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.
CNN:
Liberal bloggers admit conservatives have upper hand on Twitter  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Liberal bloggers established online political activism, besting their conservative rivals during President George W. Bush's eight years in office.  But conservatives are now finding great success 140 characters at a time.
 
 
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