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12:25 PM ET, August 24, 2009

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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 …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Approves New Team to Question Key Terror Suspects  —  Move Shifts Interrogation Oversight From the CIA to the White House  —  President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects, part of a broader effort to revamp U.S. policy …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranians to Fund Opposition Research
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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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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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Military Says Its Force in Afghanistan Is Insufficient  —  BAGRAM, Afghanistan — American military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Obama's chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operate across borders.
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Harry Siegel / The Politico:
Mullen: Afghanistan deteriorating, Taliban more sophisticated
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and MyDD
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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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TPMMuckraker
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists, Left Out of The Debate  —  Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts  —  For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists.  —  They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama's death panels …
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:   Report: Arizona Rep. considering birther lawsuit
Madeleine Bunting / Guardian:
In control?  Think again.  Our ideas of brain and human nature are myths  —  The notion of individual autonomy underpins our society, yet new research suggests this guiding principle is an illusion  —  It was browsing in a bookshop that got me started.  I was confronted by a bank …
Nouriel Roubini / Financial Times:
The risk of a double-dip recession is rising  —  The global economy is starting to bottom out from the worst recession and financial crisis since the Great Depression.  In the fourth quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009 the rate at which most advanced economies were contracting was similar …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
If Not Health Care, What?  —  The idea of postponing health care reform—until, say, the economy improves— doesn't seem appealing to many Democrats now.  ** But it might soon.  The problem, as Michael Goodwin's recent column points out, is that the issues waiting in the wings …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Consider Tactic to Push Through Government Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Sunday that they were fleshing out plans to pass health legislation, particularly the option of a new government-run insurance program, with a simple majority …
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman's Trading Tips Reward Its Biggest Clients  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. research analyst Marc Irizarry's published rating on mutual-fund manager Janus Capital Group Inc. was a lackluster “neutral” in early April 2008.  But at an internal meeting that month, the analyst told dozens …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Less Than Half of Top Obama Appointees Are in Place  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still playing without most of his own team.  Seven months into his presidency, fewer than half of his top appointees are in place advancing his agenda.
Wall Street Journal:
The Competition Cure  —  A better idea to make health insurance affordable everywhere.  —  Washington Wire  —  Obama Has Message for Press Corps: ‘Relax’  —  President Barack Obama, his family and First Dog Bo left Washington for Martha's Vineyard this afternoon, after delaying their flight …
The New Republic:
The Schiavo Saga and “Death Panels”  —  Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.  —  At HuffPo today, Sam Stein explores an irony that I've also been thinking about …
Michael Yon:
Bad Medicine  —  24 August 2009  —  The British soldiers of 2 Rifles had a mission: clear and hold Pharmacy Road.  —  FOB Jackson is currently home to Battlegroup headquarters for 2 Rifles.  The area around the river is called the “Green Zone,” but just as appropriately could be called the Opium Zone.
Discussion: Instapundit
Ezra Klein:
The ‘Recession’ Excuse  —  Joe Lieberman's heterodoxies were, for a time, quite contained.  He might have been a Kristol-ite neoconservative on foreign policy, but he remained a Connecticut liberal on domestic and social policy.  That was before Ned Lamont's challenge …
 
 
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Leslie Campbell / Toronto Star:
No wonder we have an inferiority complex
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
SEX-STUDY ‘STIMULUS’  —  WASHINGTON - The stimulus package …
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CNN:
Suspect in model's murder found dead
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
STATUS-QUO ANXIETY  —  There are times when Americans' attitude …
BBC:
Honduras court shuns Zelaya deal
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Same old story from the same old jerk
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