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3:20 AM ET, August 25, 2009


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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 …
Obama White House v. CIA; Panetta Threatened to Quit  —  Tensions Lead to CIA Director's “Screaming Match” at the White House  —  A “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Obtained: The CIA Documents Dick Cheney Says Vindicate Torture  —  We've obtained and scanned in the two CIA documents that former Vice President Dick Cheney claims justify his longstanding arguments that torture was an effective interrogation and counterterrorism tool.  As you read them, consider this post as well.
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 …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Cheney Statement on CIA Documents/Investigation  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave The Weekly Standard a statement Monday night about the CIA documents and the coming Justice Department investigation.
CIA Releases Documents Fmr. Vice President Cheney Requested Be Made Public  —  Now Public: Memos That Cheney Says Demonstrate Harsh Interrogation Tactics Worked to Thwart Terrorism  —  The CIA released the documents today that former Vice President Dick Cheney requested earlier this year …
David Johnston / New York Times:
C.I.A. Abuse Cases Detailed in Report on Detainees  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. named a veteran federal prosecutor to examine abuse of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency, government officials said on Monday, as officials released a C.I.A. inspector general's report …
Extraordinary Rendition To Continue Under Obama  —  Administration officials have stated that they do not plan to suspend the policy of extraordinary rendition but that they will instead introduce stricter measures to prevent torture and will no longer send prisoners to countries with histories of abuse.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and RedState
John / Power Line:
The CIA Report: What Does It Say?
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
CIA IG: Agency Faces Major Legal Problems In Future
Daphne Eviatar / The Washington Independent:
CIA Inspector General Report Implicates DOJ Lawyers Again
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
CIA Withheld Medical Information From the Justice Department …
Discussion: ACS Blog and ATTACKERMAN
Leon E. Panetta / Fox News:
RAW DATA: Panetta Letter to CIA Staff on Release of Interrogation Report
Discussion: Reuters
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
UPDATED: Glenn Beck goes after Color of Change co-founder Van Jones  —  Glenn Beck used his popular Fox News show this afternoon to attack the background of Van Jones, a White House environmental advisor who co-founded an African American political advocacy group that organized an advertising boycott of his program.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Obama to Nominate Bernanke to 2nd Term at Fed  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday will nominate Ben S. Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, administration officials said.  —  The announcement is a major victory for Mr. Bernanke, a Republican who was appointed …
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Summer of Discontent  —  The politics of charisma is so Third World.  Americans were never going to buy into it for long.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  So we are to have a French health-care system without a French tradition of political protest.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pajamas Media
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems increase talk of moving healthcare without GOP  —  A leading House Democrat on Monday said Democrats are prepared to pass healthcare reform without Republican support, echoing comments made over the weekend by a leading Senate Democrat.  —  “I think that at some point everyone's …
Discussion: YID With LID and Don Surber
Michael S. Steele / Washington Post:
GOP Would Protect Health Care for Seniors
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 …
Matthew Vadum / American Spectator:
Obama's Plan to Desecrate 9/11  —  The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Franks: ‘Ridiculous’ O won't produce long-form certificate  —  Bethany Haley, a spokeswoman for Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), called us earlier today to say that her boss wasn't considering a birther lawsuit against President Obama because of recent legal rulings tossing out similar suits.
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 …
Discussion: RaceWire
The Huffington Post:
Baucus Declares That He Wants “A Public Option, Too”  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) confirmed this past week that he personally supports a public option for insurance coverage, even as the committee he heads is poised to produce health care legislation that lacks a government-administered plan.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Montanamaven / Firedoglake:
Breaking: Baucus: “I Want a Public Option”
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 …
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.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Now They Don't Even Pretend. Fox Fabricates ‘Death Book’ for Vets
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 …
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.
Hospitals May Face Severe Disruption in Swine Flu's U.S. Return  —  Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — Swine flu may hospitalize 1.8 million patients in the U.S. this year, filling intensive care units to capacity and causing “severe disruptions” during a fall resurgence, scientific advisers to the White House warned.
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People
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Washington Examiner:
Darrel  —  The press put this unqualified community organizer into office.
The Huffington Post:
Democrats Ponder One-Bill Reconciliation Strategy For Health Care
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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’
Associated Press:
U.S. school districts cut yellow buses
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Note:
Is Hillary Clinton Less Powerful Now Than She Was in the Senate?
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Liberal Values