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9:20 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 …
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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What every American should be made to learn about the IG Torture Report  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  I wrote earlier today about Eric Holder's decision to “review” whether criminal prosecutions are warranted in connection with the torture of Terrorism suspects — that can be read here …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
CIA IG: Agency Faces Major Legal Problems In Future
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Obama White House v. CIA; Panetta Threatened to Quit
David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Reappoint Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke  —  President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday that he is nominating Ben Bernanke for a second four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said.  —  Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Obama will make the announcement from Martha's Vineyard Tuesday.
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.
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 …
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Offers Health Rights for Seniors
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dems plan hundreds of reform rallies
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.
CBS News:
Group Runs Facebook Ad Asking Palin to “Stop Lying”  —  Posted by Stephanie Condon Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin set off a frenzied debate about health care reform when she accused President Obama of planning to establish “death panels” via health care reform.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Giuliani, Seeing Opening, Mulls a Governor Bid  —  ALBANY — Nineteen months after ending his disastrous run for the presidency, Rudolph W. Giuliani is clearing a path for a possible race for governor in 2010, believing public anger at an ineffectual Albany and unease over the economy …
Discussion: New York Post and Gawker
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People  —  Wikipedia, one of the 10 most popular sites on the Web, was founded about eight years ago as a long-shot experiment to create a free encyclopedia from the contributions of volunteers, all with the power to edit, and presumably improve, the content.
Mark Pittman / Bloomberg:
Court Orders Federal Reserve to Disclose Emergency Loan Details  —  Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve must for the first time identify the companies in its emergency lending programs after losing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  —  Manhattan Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled …
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 …
Rebecca Camber / Daily Mail:
Foreign GPs who commute to Britain: £100-an-hour Poles and Lithuanians fly in for shifts our doctors won't do  —  The huge extent to which the NHS needs foreign doctors to treat patients out of hours is revealed today.  —  A third of primary care trusts are flying in GPs from as far away as Lithuania …
Discussion: and BizzyBlog
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.
David Hanners / Austin American-Statesman:
Woman accused of threatening bomb-plot informant  —  Trial could begin in Austin next week.  —  A Texas woman faces trial this month in Austin on charges she threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated an Austin-based group that planned to bomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last fall.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Wall Street Journal:
Saving the Obama Presidency  —  Obama needs to move to the right.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  On this day in 1994, Bill Clinton's presidency was saved.  —  It didn't look that way at the time.  After threatening to keep Congress in session until a health-care bill was passed …
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Patrick Jenkins / Financial Times:
Bail-outs weigh on states
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Groups target GOP on cap-and-trade
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Calm, but Moved to Be Heard on Health Care
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
San Francisco Chronicle:
Poll finds Newsom trailing Brown even in S.F.
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
New Video: “The Age Of Reagan: An Interview With Steven F. Hayward”
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
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Discussion: Reason
The Huffington Post:
Democrats Ponder One-Bill Reconciliation Strategy For Health Care
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Blog entry
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Baldwin: Lieberman's one of a ‘few moderate Republicans left’
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Now the Birthers are demanding to know: Was Obama circumcised?
Discussion: RaceWire and Shakesville