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Devlin Barrett writes for the Associated Press: "New documents show the CIA destroyed nearly 100 tapes of terror interrogations, far more than has previously been acknowledged. The revelation Monday comes as a criminal prosecutor is wrapping up his investigation in the matter. The acknowledgment of dozens of destroyed tapes came in a letter filed by government lawyers in New York, where the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking more details of the Bush administration's terror interrogation programs following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks."

Michael A. Fletcher and Ceci Connolly write in Sunday's Washington Post: "Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius yesterday accepted President Obama's request to become his secretary of health and human services, stepping into a central role in the new administration's ambitious effort to overhaul the nation's health-care system."

Aliza Marcus writes for Bloomberg: "President Barack Obama plans to revoke a last minute rule from the Bush administration to shield health workers who refuse to participate in abortions or other medical activities that go against their beliefs."

Nancy Benac writes for the Associated Press: "For all the sweeping changes that President Barack Obama has delivered, there also has been an ample helping of more-of-the-same. The Bush policy of imprisoning enemy combatants in Afghanistan without trial? The Obama White House is OK with that. The Bush tax cuts for the rich that candidate Obama promised to wipe out early? President Obama will let them run their course. The Bush team's claim of a 'state secrets' privilege to avoid releasing information? The Obama White House has agreed thrice over, even as it reviews the policy." Here's the AP's list.

Ginger Thompson writes in the New York Times: "White House officials said Sunday that President Obama would sign a $410 billion spending bill that includes thousands of pet projects, known as earmarks, despite campaign promises to put an end to the practice... 'This is last year's business,' Peter R. Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said in an appearance on the ABC program 'This Week.' 'We want to just move on. Let's get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.'"

Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in the New York Times that a "burst of entertaining is giving the new White House a far livelier feel than during the twilight of the Bush administration, when more people were demonstrating outside than boogieing inside. But Mr. Obama's open-door policy is not just fun and frivolity; it is an exercise in presidential image-making to advance his political agenda, while also carefully nurturing an identity for a first family that embodies racial history, youth and a stylistic shift in leadership....Senior White House officials say the Obamas want to bring together people whose paths might not ordinarily cross. The White House social secretary, Desirée Rogers, said an overarching question was: 'How do we Obama-tize this event?'" Here's Stolberg's video report.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates compared his two bosses on Sunday, with David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press: "I think that probably President Obama is, is somewhat more analytical, and, and, he makes sure he hears from everybody in the room on an issue. And if they don't speak up, he calls on them....President Bush was interested in hearing different points of view but didn't go out of his way to make sure everybody spoke if they hadn't, if they hadn't spoken up before."

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 2, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
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FROOMKIN: you are missing some HUGE NEWS that you normally cover; namely, the warrantless wiretapping case in the 9th circuit where Obama's DOJ is making delusional, extra-Constitutional arguments about how the Executive is the only entity that can say who sees classified information. They are trying to cover up manifest crimes committed by the Bush Administration. I urge your readers to find Glenn Greenwald's blog on or emptywheel on

You are slipping Dan - with your new format -- you are not quite as effective in reporting on WH issues of national importance.

Posted by: winoohno | March 2, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The question of the conscience rule isn't whether you should be compelled to do an abortion, sell contraceptives, or do anything else that your religion forbids. The question is whether your employer should have to keep you in your job even given your refusal to do the things you were hired to do.

Should a drug store be compelled by the federal government to employ checkers who refuse to ring up customers who are buying condoms? Should Planned Parenthood be compelled to employ people who find abortions unconscionable?

If you find that the requirements of your job are not compatible with your personal morals or religious beliefs then you should find another job.

Posted by: fletc3her | March 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Like Obama is an outsider! You must be kidding. He is so inside it is pitiful as are all of these ultra liberals. Look at how they are manipulating the budget. They used the surplus to coerce states into their policies. Rahm Emanuel made 16 million dollars by navigating the Washington bureaucracy like a true insider.

Froomy - your case of Bush Derangement Syndrome may be terminal.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 3, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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