Need To Read: September 21, 2009

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Today’s must-reads didn’t make any deals with the pharmaceutical industry:

  • Baucus Bill Sticks To Pharma Deal That Supposedly Wasn’t Struck (Ryan Grim/HuffPo)
  • Why is it at all controversial to demand that debit card customers be able to decline overdraft “protection?” (WaPo)
  • You have no idea what health care really costs  (Ezra Klein/WaPo)
  • McChrystal’s Report (Kevin Drum/MoJo)
  • The New Black Panthers and Me (MoJo)
  • How the Baucus Plan Bilks People Over 50 (MoJo)
  • How the US removed half a ton of uranium from Kazakhstan (Is Nice!/WaPo)
  • Olympia Snowe: “My Party Has Changed” (Steve Benen/The Washington Monthly)
  • Blue Dogs Aim To Scuttle/Pre-Empt Obama’s Financial Regulatory Reforms (Politico)
  • Did the White House Give Joe Wilson Everything He Wanted? In a Word: Yes (Brian Beutler/TPM)
  • “On every major measurement, the Census shows the country lost ground during the Bush years.” (The Atlantic)
  • Obama Admin. Pressured NY Gov. David Paterson Not To Run for Reelection; Paterson Running Anyway (NYT)
  • Atul Gawande for Senate: Best. Idea. Ever. (Yglesias)
  • Shocking news: CIA Directors conclude CIA shouldn’t be investigated for murder (Glenn Greenwald)
  • A Brief History of Macroeconomics (Paul Krugman/NYT)

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