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3:20 PM ET, February 20, 2010

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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 …
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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
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.
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Stephen Miller / Wall Street Journal:
Alexander Haig Dies at Age 85  —  Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a retired four-star Army general who advised three presidents, died Saturday at age 85 of complications from an infection.  —  Gen. Haig was a prominent figure in American politics for more than a decade …
CNN:
Alexander Haig dies at 85
Discussion: BBC
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid: Democrats will use 50-vote tactic to finish healthcare within 60 days  —  Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.  —  Reid said that congressional Democrats …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Islam envoy retreats on terror talk  —  President Barack Obama's new Islamic envoy, Rashad Hussain, changed course Friday - admitting he made sharply critical statements about a U.S. terror prosecution against a Muslim professor after initially saying he had no recollection of making such comments.
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Scott / Power Line:   The case of Rashad Hussain, part 2
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) …
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Says it is Time to Move Forward on Health Care Reform  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to call on Democratic and Republican leaders to attend next week's health care meeting in good faith to find reforms that work for American families and small businesses.
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama slams Anthem rate increase in pushing healthcare bill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Dan Hirschhorn / pa2010.com:
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.
The Huffington Post:
Santorum Suggest Military Was ‘Indoctrinated’ Into Supporting DADT Repeal  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Republican senator Rick Santorum accused military leaders on Saturday of having become so “indoctrinated” with political correctness that they can no longer “see straight.”
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 LewRockwell.com Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Joe Stack's Manifesto  —  After a pretty crazy week of debate and travel, I've now been able to read and ponder Mr Stack's “manifesto.”  It seems to me that there are all sorts of incoherent strands of populist rage within it, right and left, as well, obviously, as personal issues …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
 
 
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Buffett, Gates and other super rich may pay price for estate tax fix
CNN:
Dingell announces he will seek reelection
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Paterson Declares Intention to Seek Full Term
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Santorum: GOP in Washington should stop ‘showing their hand’ in races
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Bush Official Criticizes Obama For Killing Too Many Terrorists
Discussion: Washington Monthly and FrumForum
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Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
MA on fiscal stimulus, the definitive answer: it works. …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Econbrowser
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore slams Exxon's ‘lies’ as advocates seek to regain momentum
Theresa Poulson / Insider Interviews:
Cook: Health Care Is Obama's Iraq
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bob Barr shouted down at CPAC for saying waterboarding is torture
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House