Need To Read, August 21, 2009

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Must-reads from around the web:

US General says most of the detainees at Bagram should be released.

About that secret Blackwater assassination program…

Sarah Palin, Facebook queen.

Tom “we don’t do politics” Ridge admits he was pressured to raise the DHS color-coded alert in advance of the 2004 election. 

Health care town halls and the LaRouchies.

More fun with interactive maps: this one plots stimulus spending.

Ensign: At least my affair wasn’t as bad as Bill Clinton’s affair.

Best Twitter feed ever.

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