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9:20 PM ET, August 25, 2009


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
King on Holder: 'You wonder which side they're on'  —  A “furious” Rep. Peter King, the hawkish, maverick Long Island Republican, blasted a “disgraceful” Eric Holder for opening an investigation of CIA interrogators and chided his own party for what he described as a weak response to the move in an interview just now with POLITICO.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Evidence Mounts Still Further  —  I'll write at more length when I'm back off my summer bloggatical, but the question of torture - and the United States' embrace of inhumanity as a core American value under the presidency of George W. Bush - remains, in my view, the pre-eminent moral question in American politics.
Discussion: New York Times
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What every American should be made to learn about the IG Torture Report  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  I wrote earlier today about Eric Holder's decision to “review” whether criminal prosecutions are warranted in connection with the torture of Terrorism suspects …
US News:
‘Blue Dog’ Democrat: Pelosi Is Too Divisive to Be Speaker  —  In a statement likely to intensify the GOP assault on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reign, a first-term Democratic “blue dog” congressman said that he would not vote to make her the top House Democrat again.
Discussion: Open Left
Applause, boos greet lawmaker - Page 2
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Dixie Dem won't vote for Pelosi
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Dem Congressman: House Bill Bad for America
Discussion: Blue Jersey and RedState
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Seven Points on the CIA Report  —  You can catch my review of the CIA Inspector General John Helgerson's report on BBC's “The World” or on MSNBC's Live with Carlos Watson today at 11 ET.  Here, in the meantime, are seven points that I draw from it:  — The worst is yet to come.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eschaton
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
CIA Documents Provide Little Cover for Cheney Claims
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Feingold: 'We're headed in the direction of absolutely nothing'  —  Russ Feingold tells a Wisconsin crowd of the prospects for health care legislation:  —  “Nobody is going to bring a bill before Christmas, and maybe not even then, if this ever happens,” Feingold said.  “The divisions are so deep.
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
Sen. Grassley On Health Care: “I Don't Think It's Going To Be Possible To Work It Out With The Administration” … ALL OVER THE BALL PARK  —  During a conference call with Iowa reporters, Sen. Chuck Grassley was asked: … Grassley's response is almost incomprehensible: … You read that right.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Grassley: Health deal may not be ‘possible’
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Angry right boos John McCain for stating that Obama ‘respects the Constitution of the United States.’  —  Today in a town hall forum in Arizona, an elderly woman asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) whether President Obama knows “that we still live under a Constitution.”
Discussion: Associated Press and Griper News
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain: Public option 'camel's nose...'
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Calm, but Moved to Be Heard on Health Care  —  MONTEZUMA, Ga. — Until Thursday evening, nothing in Bob Collier's 62 years had stirred in him the slightest desire to take a stand — about anything — in public.  —  He skipped the antiwar protests of his college years, took a job …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Coburn tells weeping victim of broken health care system that government isn't the solution.  —  Yesterday CNN's Rick Sanchez aired a segment from a health care town hall where a weeping constituent explained to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that her husband's health insurer refuses to cover his treatment for a traumatic brain injury.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Comparing Obama to ‘Hitler,’ Grassley constituent says he'd ‘take a gun to Washington’ if crowd supported him.  —  Earlier this month, police detained a man at a health care town hall meeting held by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) because he was carrying a sign declaring “Death to Obama” and “Death to Michelle and her two stupid kids.”
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
Federal prosecutor who took loan from GOP governor candidate Chris Christie resigns  —  TRENTON — The federal prosecutor at the center of the controversy over a loan made by New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has resigned.  —  In her resignation letter dated today …
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.
Founding Bloggers:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Political Terrorism In The Heartland - Inside the Quincy Tea Party Cell  —  Recently, Founding Bloggers was tipped off to the existence of a regional “political terrorist” cell calling itself the Quincy Tea Party.  —  When we learned that this group of Tea Party fundamentalists …
Discussion: American Power
Top Stories from CQ:
Rangel's Wealth Jumps After Disclosure  —  House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in previously unreported assets.  —  Among the new items on Rangel's amended 2007 financial disclosure report …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Will There Be Outrage?  — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  I haven't read the IG report yet, I've just seen a few write ups and excerpts around here and other places.  Without getting into the substance of the controversy, I'm doubting that there will be a lot of popular outrage over any of the allegations of abuse.
James Fallows:
Will it never end?  McCaughey v. Ezekiel Emanuel  —  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel should need no introduction to Atlantic readers.  Among his many pursuits is writing a number of interesting articles for our “Food Channel,” under Corby Kummer's auspices.  He should need no introduction to anybody …
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.
Hanna Rosin / The Daily Dish:
Lose the Foreskin!  —  The responses to the Center for Disease Control's proposal this week to require all American boys to be circumcized are predictably hysterical.  Hundreds of commenters wrote into the New York Times today to complain about “child abuse” and “genital mutilation” and one …
Charles Murray / The Enterprise Blog:
The White House and the Pauline Kael Syndrome  —  The late New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael famously said after Nixon's landslide reelection, “How can he have won?  Nobody I know voted for him.”  My proposition for today is that the entire White House suffers from the Kael syndrome.
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Admin Fires Back At Right Wing With Detailed Rebuttal Of “Death Book” Claim  —  In a sign of real concern about the right wing's latest lurid health care tale, the Obama administration's veterans agency is hitting back at conservative media with a detailed factual rebuttal of the claim …
Deaths, Missing Detainees Still Blacked Out in New CIA Report  —  Inspector General Reportedly Discovered Three Died, Many Unaccounted For by CIA  —  The CIA and the Obama Administration continue to keep secret some of the most shocking allegations involving the spy agency's interrogation program …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Burdens of Accountability  —  You can put long articles on the internet.  But Josh Tyrangiel, Managing Editor of says it doesn't really work and he has a sensible explanation of why.  If you look at the traffic statistics for any newsish website you'll see that people are reading when they're supposed to be at work.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Club for Growth puts Sen. Bennett in crosshairs  —  The Club for Growth took a significant step Tuesday toward opposing Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) in the GOP Senate primary.  —  The Club announced an advertising and letter-writing campaign targeted at the 3,200 likely delegates to the state Republican convention.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama, Lost at the Chalkboard  —  Let's go back to that “teachable moment.”  It was proclaimed by Barack Obama after he said that police in Cambridge, Mass., had acted “stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr. for essentially being black in his own house.
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The Hill:
Obama's FCC to enforce ‘net neutrality’
Discussion: On Deadline
Marjorie Childress / New Mexico Independent:
Bingaman says health care a ‘human right’ …
Paul Demko / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann: Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform
Discussion: Shakesville, TPMDC and Wonkette
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Robert J. Elisberg / The Huffington Post:
The Republican Death Panel
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Media's Pro-Choice Darling Called Humans ‘Ecotumors’
Discussion: Moonbattery
Rasmussen Reports:
75% Worried That Gitmo Closing Will Set Dangerous Terrorists Free
Jamie Satterfield / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Torture-slaying trial, Day 8: Cobbins guilty; jurors to consider death penalty
Laura Crimaldi / Boston Herald:
Cons cash in on stimulus money