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Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An operative of Al Qaeda believed to be an American was arrested in the sprawling southern city of Karachi in recent days by Pakistani security officials, Pakistani officials said Sunday.  —  American and Pakistani officials …
msnbc.com:
Sources: U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman caught  —  Gadahn, 31, reportedly held in Pakistan; $1 million reward on his head  —  KARACHI, Pakistan - Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a U.S.-born spokesman for al-Qaida, has been captured in Pakistan, government sources said Sunday.
CNN:   Conflicting reports over al Qaeda American spokesman arrest
ACLU:
ACLU New York Times Ad Today Calls On President Obama Not To Back Down On 9/11 Civilian Trials  —  Group Makes Same Plea In Letter To President  —  CONTACT: Rachel Myers, (646) 206-8643 or (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org  —  NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today published …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Conservative lawyers criticize attacks on DOJ lawyers  —  Bill Kristol just launched a pre-emptive assault on a statement criticizing his and Liz Cheney's group, Keep America Safe, which bears the signature of a prominent lawyer who's typically a Cheney ally.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The ACLU and Human Rights Watch Rally to Holder's Defense  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has an amusing full-page ad in the New York Times today (p. 8 of the Week in Review section).  It morphs a photo of their onetime favorite, Barack Obama into...George W. Bush!
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Jesus Christ, Mike Allen, Reconciliation Is NOT THAT COMPLICATED  —  There are a lot of thorny issues in American politics that require a great deal of concentrated attention to grasp.  The controversy over budget reconciliation and health care is not one of them.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Consent of the governed - and the lack thereof  —  Our Declaration of Independence observes:  —  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Huffington Post:
Tom Delay: People Are Unemployed Because They Want To Be  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay called Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) “brave” on Sunday for launching a one-man filibuster of unemployment benefits, arguing that they dissuaded people from going out and finding work.
John Simpson / BBC:
Standing firm  —  Two blocks of flats in Baghdad were flattened by bomb attacks  —  These elections will certainly be seen as a big success - despite the depressing level of violence, which demonstrates that it is still altogether untrue to suggest that Iraq is now a country at peace.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Unrest in Democratic Party plays out in Emanuel controversy  —  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has become a reluctant central figure in the battle between liberals and centrists in the Democratic Party.  —  A spate of recent reports have portrayed Emanuel, known for his aggressive brand …
Discussion: New York Times
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Baird: Healthcare votes of retiring Democrats aren't necessarily in the bag  —  Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) stressed Sunday that the votes of retiring Dems such as himself aren't necessarily in the bag.  —  Appearing across from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems keep pressure on Stupak over healthcare bill and abortion concerns
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Note:   Sebelius on Stupak Abortion Impasse: ‘The Conversation Will Continue’
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Who Would Want Credit For Iraq?  —  Whenever possible, I refer to the Iraq war as a war of aggression, because that is what it is and has always been.  One thing that has often puzzled me about the reflex to declare victory in Iraq, as a Newsweek cover story did recently …
Discussion: Will Wilkinson and Newshoggers.com
NY Daily News:
Channel 7 ABC flashes angry message, then goes black for Cablevision customers at midnight  —  ABC has gone dark.  —  Seconds after midnight, Channel 7 disappeared from the screens of Cablevision customers right in the middle of a repeat episode of “Lost.”
Discussion: Gothamist, The Impolitic and TalkLeft
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WABC Returns to Cablevision
Anal yst / Stone Street Advisors:
New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson Dazzle Us With Their Ignorance (Yet Again)  —  Earlier today, Twitter user (and good follow!)  Taste_Arbitrage alerted us - his followers, that is - an egregious error in Gretchen's latest article, wherein she attempts to inform us that - news alert …
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
The Swaps That Swallowed Your Town
Discussion: Power Line and naked capitalism
 
 
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