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10:30 PM ET, August 24, 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:
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 …
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.
John / Power Line:
The CIA Report: What Does It Say?  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a special prosecutor to look into criminal charges against CIA employees who allegedly exceeded legal guidelines in interrogating terrorist detainees.  Holder said the appointment was based in part on a May 2004 report …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Leon E. Panetta / Fox News:
RAW DATA: Panetta Letter to CIA Staff on Release of Interrogation Report
Discussion: Reuters
Extraordinary Rendition To Continue Under Obama
Discussion: RedState
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CIA Will Release Torture Docs Cheney Requested; Will Also Release …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Eric Holder announces investigation based on Abu Ghraib model
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Administration Releases More of Long-Classified CIA Report on Interrogations
David Johnston / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: CNN and Think Progress
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Darrel  —  The press put this unqualified community organizer into office.  Chris Matthews still gets a tingle up his leg.  Obama has blamed anyone and everyone for his failures, except for himself, his staff, Pelosi, and Reid.  —  Obama has acted stupidly and his administration is all wee weed up.
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 …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Baldwin: Lieberman's one of a ‘few moderate Republicans left’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - It seems that what could have been one of the greatest political face-offs of 2012 is not meant to be after all.  —  A day after Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman welcomed a possible 2012 challenge …
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.
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Learning to Live with Islam — By: Mark Steyn  —  Michael, as you say, Fareed Zakaria, member of Yale's governing body and author of “Learning To Live With Radical Islam,” has now given us a glimpse of what that will entail.  His position makes an interesting contrast with that of my old pal Sebastian Faulks:
Discussion: Times of London and Jihad Watch
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The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Gawker
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Talking Health Care With Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
If Not Health Care, What?  —  The idea of postponing health …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and JustOneMinute