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By Dan Froomkin
12:06 PM ET, 02/10/2009

Nazila Fathi writes in the New York Times: "After the icy mutual hostility of the Bush era, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on Tuesday made a conditional offer of dialogue to the Obama administration, saying Tehran was ready for 'talks based on mutual respect and in a fair atmosphere.'"

Devlin Barrett writes for the Associated Press: "The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is proposing a 'truth commission' to investigate abuses of detainees, politically inspired moves at the Justice Department, and other decisions made during the Bush administration." Here is the announcement from Senator Patrick Leahy.

Dan Eggen writes in The Washington Post that of more than 100 end-of-term appointments to a constellation of presidential boards and panels, former President Bush filled at least 20 of the positions with former aides and nearly half with Republican donors.

Colum Lynch writes in The Washington Post: "U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to President Obama to attend a hastily planned summit here in late March to promote international efforts to stem the pace of climate change, according to senior U.N. officials and delegates."

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