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2:10 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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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 …
Balkinization:
Justice Department Will Not Punish Yoo and Bybee Because Most Lawyers Are Scum Anyway  —  At long last we have the Department of Justice report on the professional conduct of John Yoo and Judge Jay Bybee in writing the infamous torture memos, along with previous versions of the Office …
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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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Alexander Haig, former secretary of state, dies at 85  —  Retired Army Gen. Alexander Haig, who held influential positions in the United States military and in politics and who as White House chief of staff shepherded Richard M. Nixon toward peacefully resigning the presidency …
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
BBC:
White House veteran Alexander Haig dies
Discussion: Truthdig
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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
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 …
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) …
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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
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.”
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Conservatives Get a Look at Possible Candidates  —  WASHINGTON — For all the talk of Sarah Palin these days, there are two Republicans who are already laying the groundwork to run for president in 2012 — Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
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E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
Palin and Brown: Mitt Romney's best friends
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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New York Times:
Paterson Declares Intention to Seek Full Term
Discussion: New York Magazine
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Islam envoy retreats on terror talk
Discussion: Big Government and The Page
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
F.B.I., Laying Out Evidence, Closes Anthrax Case
Discussion: Politics Daily
The Note:
Ron Paul supporters are taking over CPAC!