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12:15 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.
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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 …
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 …
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  —  Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos blessing the waterboarding of terrorism suspects and other harsh interrogation tactics “exercised poor judgment” but will not face discipline for their actions, according …
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Terror Memos Didn't Violate Legal Ethics, Report Finds
Discussion: Mudville Gazette and TalkLeft
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.
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Ezra Klein:
The strange politics of the public option revival  —  Trying to figure out the politics of this public option revival has been a bit of a strange experience.  On the one hand, momentum seems to be building: The letter asking Reid to run the public option through the reconciliation process has 18 senators attached.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama slams Anthem rate increase in pushing healthcare bill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
The Hill:   Senate GOP: Dems lack votes to use partisan tactic on health reform
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid Signals Support For Reconciliation Vote On Public Option
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Lincoln will back cloture on jobs bill
Discussion: Wonk Room
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
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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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CNN:
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: New York Times and BBC
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 LewRockwell.com Blog
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
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
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The Note:
Far-Right John Birch Society 2010  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: This week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington has a co-sponsor from the far-right fringe of American politics: The John Birch Society.  —  According to Ian Walters, a spokesman for CPAC …
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.
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Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
How Al Gore Wrecked Planet Earth
Discussion: Samizdata.net
 
 
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Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
MA on fiscal stimulus, the definitive answer: it works. …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Econbrowser
New York Times:
Greece Inches Back  —  After weeks of denial, the European Union …
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
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Sally Quinn's The Party: No ÂÂ'dueling' Bradlee weddings …
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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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