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MONDAY WAKE-UP CALLS
Slick operators, still oily: BP funding GOP candidates who attack Obama energy legislation and climate control.
In the wake of WikiLeaks release, Glenn Greenwald: the FBI went after Dan Ellsberg but now it’s the media, including NYT, who are targeting Julian Assange… Howie Kurtz on CNN said Assange proved he had "delusions of grandeur"—because he walked out of CNN interview that focused on his personal life… Plus US coverage far more "government subservient" than in the rest of the world. More evidence from the Guardian on US knowingly handing over captives to Iraqi torturers...
Steve Coll at New Yorker with sad quote from WikiLeaks doc on "Unchecked Torture"… Ex-Nation intern Nick Clegg (now deputy leader in UK) says torture revelations in WikiLeaks must be probed. Waiting for US response. Waiting.
Paul Krugman: If Democrats do badly next week pundits will say Obama went too far to the left. But real reason: his economic plans were weak and inadequate to the task from the outset. "Right now it looks as if the too-cautious attempt to jump across that economic chasm has fallen short—and we’re about to hit rock bottom.
Comical New York cover story just out: President Palin. John Heileman imagines Sarah as 2012 candidate with Mike Bloomberg as third-party candidate. Vote results in no winner that November, throwing the election to the House of Representatives, run by GOP, who then pick Palin as prez.