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5:00 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 …
New York Times:
New Reports of Harsh C.I.A. Tactics
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
New York Times:   U.S. Still Using Security Firm It Broke With
Kos / Daily Kos:
Baucus does not represent his state, say Montanans  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 8/17-19.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (No trend lines)  —  Do you approve or disapprove of Senator Max Baucus' actions on health care?  —  Approve Disapprove Not sure  —  All 42 44 14
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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.
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
Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Is Donna Edwards Catching the #Rahmflu?  —  It was somewhat disconcerting when Donna Edwards would not confirm to the Hill this week that she would vote against any bill through conference that did not have a public plan: … So Howie Klein asked her if she'd like to clarify that.
Fox News:
White House Reveals Identity of Firm That Sent Unsolicited E-Mails on Health Reform  —  The White House revealed to FOX News that it hired a private communications firm to distribute mass e-mails, including unsolicited spam to help sell President Obama's health care plan.  —  FOXNews.com
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Ridge Says He Was Pressured to Elevate Threat Warning
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Aimai / No More Mister Nice Blog:
No, Wait, I Know This One—the Answer to “Who Does Joe Klein Think is the Crazy Left?”
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Matt Welch / Reason:
Scenes From the Shut-up-and-Sing-Sell-Arugula Protest
Discussion: GayPatriot and Michelle Malkin
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Pentagon Shift Gives Names of Detainees to Red Cross
Discussion: Emptywheel
William Ehart / Washington Times:
U.S. adds clerks to clear clunkers
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Aidan Jones / Guardian:
Iran chooses wanted man for cabinet
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Loyal Opposition  —  Defeating Obamacare and the Taliban.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 

 
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Temur Durrani / Globe and Mail:
Toronto-based venture fund Good Future plans to buy a majority stake in Canadian tech industry publication BetaKit

Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
A look at The Middle, a weekly public radio show hosted by ex-NPR host Jeremy Hobson that airs on 400 stations and hopes to reach the political middle of the US

 
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