Need To Read, September 28, 2009

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Some stories you may have missed over the weekend:

Bank of America stonewalls on providing Congress with recordings of phone calls from Countrywide to members of its VIP loan program

The revamped Recovery.gov site goes live today.

New York Times columnist, Nixon speechwriter and scrupulous grammarian William Safire passed away.

The Washington Independent‘s Daphne Eviatar finds evidence that interrogation of a teenage Guantanamo detainee violated even the anything-goes interrogation standards devised by Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel.

How the Fed completely, utterly failed—in fact didn’t even try—to monitor subprime lending.

David Corn and Obama transition chief John Podesta debate whether Copenhagen is dead or just in big trouble.

Why are the Russians so good at chess?

The Washington Post got really spooked by Twitter.

The Taliban in their own words.

David Corn, Mother Jones’ DC bureau chief, tweets, as does awesome new MoJo blogger Kate Sheppard. So do my colleagues Daniel Schulman, Nick Baumann and our editors-in-chief, Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein. YOu can follow me here. (The magazine’s main account is @motherjones.)

 

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