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1:40 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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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 …
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H. to set up new interrogation team
Discussion: The Note
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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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.
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 …
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:
Report: Arizona Rep. considering birther lawsuit
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 …
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 …
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Daily Dish:
The President and Health Care
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Insurers' Employees Counter Criticism
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Greg Veis / The Treatment:
Scaling Back Reform: Dumb Policy, Dumber Politics  —  Senator Kent Conrad was back on television Sunday morning.  This time the venue was “Face the Nation.”  But the message was the same one he's been delivering for a while: It's time to scale back health care reform.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Where Five Magazines Are Finding Revenue  —  With Print Advertising Looking Less Likely to Rebound After Recession, These Titles Are Taking Advantage of Other Opportunities  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It wasn't so long ago that almost every magazine chased ever larger circulation, even if it meant losing money in the process.
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Romenesko
Haaretz:
Netanyahu to tell Mitchell: Israel won't accept limits on Jerusalem  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to tell the special U.S. Mideast envoy on Monday that Israel will not accept any limitations on its sovereignty over Jerusalem, and will allow settlers to continue to live in the West Bank.
Discussion: TPMCafe, Taylor Marsh and Israpundit
Washington Wire:
Obama Slips Into Vacation Mode  —  Elizabeth Williamson covers the White House, and is in Martha's Vineyard this week.  —  On his first full day on Martha's Vineyard, President Barack Obama seems to be sticking to his pledge to have a real vacation.  —  This morning, he worked out …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Laura Secor / New Yorker:
THE IRAN SHOW  —  In the grotesque pageant of Iran's show trials, former high officials—hollow-eyed, dressed in prison pajamas, and flanked by guards in uniform—sit in rows, listening to one another's self-denunciations.  Since the disputed Presidential elections of June 12th …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Driving the fake news
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Is The White House Ready To Ditch Republicans And Turn to Reconciliation?
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Heather Podesta, The Insider's Insider
The New Republic:
The Schiavo Saga and “Death Panels”
The Huffington Post:
Jeremy Scahill Slams Chuck Todd, Media, Congress Over Blackwater On …
Discussion: TVNewser
Leslie Campbell / Toronto Star:
No wonder we have an inferiority complex
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
SEX-STUDY ‘STIMULUS’  —  WASHINGTON - The stimulus package …
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Michael Yon:
Bad Medicine  —  24 August 2009  —  The British soldiers …
Discussion: Instapundit
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranians to Fund Opposition Research
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
STATUS-QUO ANXIETY  —  There are times when Americans' attitude …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Same old story from the same old jerk