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12:40 PM ET, February 20, 2010


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Holder admits nine Obama Dept. of Justice officials worked for terrorist detainees, offers no details  —  Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department.
New York Times:
Report Faults 2 Authors of Bush Terror Memos  —  WASHINGTON — After five years of often bitter internal debate, the Justice Department concluded in a report released Friday that the lawyers who gave legal justification to the Bush administration's brutal interrogation tactics …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Yoo and Bybee Cleared, Justice Department's Shoddy Investigation Exposed  —  The Justice Department has finally closed a sorry chapter in its history — the attempt to criminalize the work of Department lawyers who rendered legal judgment on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Judiciary chairmen vow hearings on torture memos report  —  The chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees vowed hearings Friday on a report into interrogation abuses during the Bush administration.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Bush lawyers who approved waterboarding to face no discipline
The Hill:
Senate GOP: Dems lack votes to use partisan tactic on health reform  —  Senate Republicans are claiming Democrats lack the votes to pass healthcare reform through reconciliation rules, but their math appears a bit fuzzy.  —  Senate Republicans on Friday distributed a press release titled …
Donna Smith / Reuters:
Obama to spell out new healthcare plan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to publish his healthcare plan as early as Sunday or Monday, combining features of the two Democratic bills passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, congressional aides and healthcare advocates said on Friday.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama slams Anthem rate increase in pushing healthcare bill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Theresa Poulson / Insider Interviews:
Cook: Health Care Is Obama's Iraq
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid Signals Support For Reconciliation Vote On Public Option
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Alexander Haig, former secretary of state, dies  —  WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a four-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own, died Saturday of complications from an infection, his family said.  He was 85.
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Alexander Haig, Ex-Secretary of State, Dies at 85  —  Alexander M. Haig Jr., the mercurial four-star general who served as a confrontational secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and a commanding White House chief of staff as President Richard M. Nixon's administration crumbled, died Saturday in Baltimore.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Swampland
Alexander Haig dies at 85  —  Washington (CNN) — Alexander Haig, the former military officer, secretary of state and adviser to presidents, has died, a Johns Hopkins Medical Center spokesman said.  —  Haig, 85, was admitted to the Baltimore, Maryland, hospital on January 28 and died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday …
Discussion: BBC
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
SHOCK VIDEO— Obama Caught in a Major ACORN Lie  —  The brazen dishonesty of this president is a bit concerning to say the least.  —  A newly discovered video shows Obama lying to the American people about his relationship with ACORN:  —  Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and The Vail Spot
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why Obama needs Rahm at the top  —  Let us now praise Rahm Emanuel.  —  No, seriously.  —  It is the current fashion to blame President Obama's disappointing first year on his chief of staff.  “First, remove Rahm Emanuel,” writes Leslie Gelb in the Daily Beast, because he lacks …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
‘Family Guy,’ Palin and the Limits of Laughter  —  “Family Guy,” the Fox animated comedy series, is either irreverent or crass, depending on your tolerance for unmannerly humor.  Viewers come for its pop-cultural free associations and flatulence gags, not necessarily to debate pressing issues of the day.
The Huffington Post:
Feds Bullied Kerik Into 4-Year Term, Hurting Us All  —  What's Your Reaction: … White Plains, NY - The corruption case of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik shouldn't end with the four-year prison sentence imposed on him Feb. 18 here in a federal courtroom.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Blog
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Santorum: GOP in Washington should stop ‘showing their hand’ in races  —  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) has a message for the Republican campaign committees - stop meddling in primaries.  —  “I don't think it's helpful in this environment for the campaign committees to be showing …
Discussion: CNN
Dan Hirschhorn /
BREAKING NEWS: Welch withdraws from 6th District race  —  KENNETT SQUARE—Republican Steven Welch abruptly dropped out of the race for Congress in the 6th District Saturday morning, allowing the GOP to avoid an expensive primary fight and dimming Democratic hopes of winning the suburban Philadelphia district.
Discussion: The Hill, Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Controversial Diabetes Drug Harms Heart, U.S. Concludes  —  Hundreds of people taking Avandia, a controversial diabetes medicine, needlessly suffer heart attacks and heart failure each month, according to confidential government reports that recommend the drug be removed from the market.
The Huffington Post:
Bush Official Criticizes Obama For Killing Too Many Terrorists  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Just how unpopular are President Barack Obama's anti-terrorism policies with his Republican critics?  Even when he's killing terrorists they find flaws.  —  At a panel on national security policy …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and FrumForum
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore slams Exxon's ‘lies’ as advocates seek to regain momentum  —  Al Gore used Twitter Thursday to allege that oil giant Exxon Mobil has lied about its commitment not to fund organizations that dispute the science behind global warming.  —  “No surprise.
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
How Al Gore Wrecked Planet Earth
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Islam envoy retreats on terror talk
Discussion: Big Government and The Page
Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
MA on fiscal stimulus, the definitive answer: it works. …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Econbrowser
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bob Barr shouted down at CPAC for saying waterboarding is torture
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Sally Quinn's The Party: No ÂÂ'dueling' Bradlee weddings …
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Shane / New York Times:
F.B.I., Laying Out Evidence, Closes Anthrax Letters Case
Discussion: Politics Daily
E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
Palin and Brown: Mitt Romney's best friends
Discussion: Hot Air
The Note:
Ron Paul supporters are taking over CPAC!
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