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4:55 PM ET, September 3, 2011

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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya's former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting …
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Wall Street Journal:
Tripoli Files Show CIA Working With Libya  —  By SIOBHAN GORMAN in Washington and CHARLES LEVINSON and MARGARET COKER in Tripoli  —  The Central Intelligence Agency and Libyan intelligence services developed such a tight relationship during the George W. Bush administration …
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Paul Krugman:
The Austerity Economy  —  Do the dismal economic numbers really reflect the turn to fiscal austerity?  I keep hearing people say no, because austerity hasn't actually happened yet in America.  But they're wrong.  —  The fact is that the fading out of the stimulus, and in particular of aid …
Paul Krugman:
Broken Windows, Ozone, and Jobs  —  I've actually been avoiding thinking about the latest Obama cave-in, on ozone regulation; these repeated retreats are getting painful to watch.  For what it's worth, I think it's bad politics.  The Obama political people seem to think that their route …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Palin says ‘room for more’ in GOP race  —  DES MOINES — Sarah Palin tantalized supporters on the eve of her appearance at a tea party rally by telling reporters “there's room for more” candidates in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination.  But she gave no hint as to whether she was talking about herself.
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Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Cameron Todd Willingham Execution: Rick Perry's Role Deserves Scrutiny … In the three weeks since Texas Gov. Rick Perry stormed into the 2012 presidential race, bigfooting past the Ames Straw Poll and surging to frontrunner status, the media have flocked to the new entrant like flies to cow manure.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama wants Congress to pass transportation bill, save jobs  —  President Obama on Saturday called for Congress to skip the “political posturing in Washington” and pass measures funding the nation's transportation programs.  —  In his weekly address, the president said a failure to pass …
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A.Killough / CNN:
Obama urges Congress to renew transportation bill in weekly address
ABC News:
Former MI5 boss wants Al Qaeda settlement  —  The former head of MI5, Britain's intelligence unit, says she hopes the UK and US are looking at different ways to talk to Al Qaeda.  —  Eliza Manningham-Buller, who ran MI5 until 2007, has used a BBC lecture to say she hopes British and US intelligence …
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Professor is accused of being a biker-gang leader and drug dealer  —  Stephen J. Kinzey, who teaches kinesiology at Cal State San Bernardino, is being sought by authorities after they raided his Highland home and arrested nine alleged accomplices in a methamphetamine ring.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
President Zero  —  Read his lips: No new jobs.  —  'The simplest question," Dick Cheney writes in his memoir In My Time, “is the most important one.  ” He mentions this in the context of asking how many American nukes were aimed at Kiev during the Cold War.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
If Al Gore had won  —  A recent poll by “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair found that a majority of Americans, and a majority of Democrats, do not believe things would have changed much if Al Gore had been inaugurated president in January 2001.  With a jobless scandal gripping the nation …
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Bipartisan Beat Blog:
The Super Committee's Opportunity  —  In April, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown by agreeing to $122 billion in deficit reduction over the course of ten years.  Less than four months later, they narrowly averted a debt ceiling crisis by passing the Budget Control Act (BCA) and agreeing to another $900 billion.
 
 
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