Need To Read: September 1, 2009

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  • Ahmadinejad Coming To America (WaPo)
  • Top US General in Afghanistan Will Probably Ask For More Troops (WaPo)
  • Cameron Todd Willingham Was Executed. Was He Innocent? (New Yorker Investigation/NYT Editorial/Bob Herbert Op-Ed)
  • Top Health Insurance Lobby Won’t Say What Its CEO’s Co-Pay Is (MoJo)
  • FDIC Head Opposes Super-Regulator (NYT Op-Ed)
  • UN Chief Reaching Out To Dictators (WaPo)
  • Henry Waxman Going After Insurance Companies (FDL)
  • Bruce Bartlett On Why He’s Anti-Republican (David Frum’s New Majority)
  • Cheney: Screw The Law (MoJo)
  • Dukakis For Kennedy’s Senate Seat? (Boston Globe Op-Ed)
  • Advice For Obama From A Reaganite (David Corn/AOL Politics Daily)
  • Virginia GOP’s Gubernatorial Candidate’s Thesis Demonstrates Deep Discomfort With Modern Society (WaPo)

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