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9:10 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 …
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ABCNEWS:
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.
David Johnston / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors …
Leon E. Panetta / Fox News:
RAW DATA: Panetta Letter to CIA Staff on Release of Interrogation Report  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta sent the following note to the agency's workforce Monday on the release of a report on interrogation practices.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Message from the Director: Release of Material on Past Detention Practices
Discussion: Reuters and BLACKFIVE
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CIA Will Release Torture Docs Cheney Requested; Will Also Release …
Washington Post:
Administration Releases More of Long-Classified CIA Report on Interrogations
Discussion: Salon
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Eric Holder announces investigation based on Abu Ghraib model
Discussion: The Swamp and The Daily Dish
The Huffington Post:
Panetta Threatened To Quit, Got In “Screaming Match” Over Torture Probe
Associated Press:
Criminal probe into CIA interrogations
Discussion: The Daily Dish
CNN:
Prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogations
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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.
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Jim Seckler / Mohave Daily News:
Franks goes on the attack  —  Congressman critical of Obama's policies  —  KINGMAN - A big, boisterous crowd largely supported an Arizona Congressman, who lambasted the Democratic president and his policies.  —  Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican representing Arizona's 2nd Congressional District …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Franks: ‘Ridiculous’ O won't produce long-form certificate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Now They Don't Even Pretend.  Fox Fabricates ‘Death Book’ for Vets  —  [H/t Heather.]  —  Via Media Matters.  This is even more shocking than the usual misleading Fox News coverage.  This is an outright lie, manufactured by someone treated as credible by the rest of the media.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Healthcare insurers get upper hand  —  Obama's overhaul fight is being won by the industry, experts say.  The end result may be a financial ‘bonanza.’  —  Reporting from Washington - Lashed by liberals and threatened with more government regulation, the insurance industry nevertheless rallied …
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Don't Blame Obama  —  Throughout the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama's most loyal constituencies were the national press corps and the left wing of the Democratic Party.  —  Those on the left loved him because they thought he was one of them.  They tolerated all the happy talk about bipartisanship …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
All the President's Zombies  —  The debate over the “public option” in health care has been dismaying in many ways.  Perhaps the most depressing aspect for progressives, however, has been the extent to which opponents of greater choice in health care have gained traction — in Congress …
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
Kos / Daily Kos:
TN-05: Natives aren't happy with Blue Dog Jim Cooper  —  Seriously, cue up a primary challenger.  —  Research 2000 poll of the Tennessee 5th Congressional District for Daily Kos. 8/17-19.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (no trend lines)  —  Favorable Unfavorable  —  Jim Cooper 47 41
 
 
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