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11:55 AM ET, August 25, 2009


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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.
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
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
RETURN OF THE BERN'.  —  This morning, President Obama will announce his intent to renominate Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke to another four-year term in his position.  I've already made the case for why Bernanke shouldn't be given a second bite at the apple …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Obama to Nominate Bernanke to 2nd Term at Fed
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Offers Health Rights for Seniors  —  The Republican Party issued a new salvo in the health debate Monday with a “seniors' health care bill of rights” that opposed any moves to trim Medicare spending or limit end-of-life care to seniors.  —  Intended as a political shot at President Barack Obama …
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 …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Young Obama backers AWOL from health care fight
Discussion: Wake up America
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.
Michael Lynch / New York Times:
‘Peak Oil’ Is a Waste of Energy  —  REMEMBER “peak oil”?  It's the theory that geological scarcity will at some point make it impossible for global petroleum production to avoid falling, heralding the end of the oil age and, potentially, economic catastrophe.
Obama Increases 2010 Deficit Forecast 19% to $1.50 Trillion  —  Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — U.S. unemployment will surge to 10 percent this year and the budget deficit will widen to $1.5 trillion next year, reflecting a “deeper recession” than previously expected, White House budget chief Peter Orszag said.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. Raises Estimate for 10-Year Deficit to $9 Trillion
Discussion: The Politico and Reason
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.
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: QandO, BizzyBlog and
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 …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Dems plan hundreds of reform rallies  —  Faced with a souring public mood on health care reform, Democrats and their supporters are launching a national grassroots push Wednesday to show lawmakers that the majority of Americans still support overhauling the system.
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 …
Discussion: Reason
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: The Jawa Report and Moe Lane
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘DESECRATING’ 9/11?.... As the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the White House has designated Sept. 11, 2009 as a “National Day of Service.”  It seems like an appropriate way to honor the tragedy.  —  But not to everyone.  Matthew Vadum has a piece in the far-right American Spectator …
James M. Peaslee / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Penalties and the Health-Care Bill  —  Under the House legislation, taxpayers will be fined for honest mistakes.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Two tax provisions in the health-care bill voted on by the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this summer have gained significant attention.
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 …
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.
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
What Should Colleges Teach?  —  A few years ago, when I was grading papers for a graduate literature course, I became alarmed at the inability of my students to write a clean English sentence.  They could manage for about six words and then, almost invariably, the syntax (and everything else) fell apart.
Laura Crimaldi / Boston Herald:
Cons cash in on stimulus money  —  Federal economic stimulus cash was handed out to cons behind bars in Bay State prisons after a bureaucratic snafu resulted in $250 checks being sent to some inmates - and now red-faced feds want it back.  —  “Taxpayers already believe the inmates are running …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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New bizarre twists in Clayton bombing
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Calm, but Moved to Be Heard on Health Care
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