Need to Read, September 11, 2009

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Obama’s big health care speech dominated the news yesterday. Check out these stories you may have missed:

How the Federal Reserve bought the economics profession (HuffPo)

Sarah Palin: Neocon Pawn? (MoJo)

Top DOD lawyer hedges on shutting down Gitmo by January (Associated Press)

A decade with no income gains (Economix)

A reporter’s four days with the Taliban (NYT)

Whistleblowers unveil more AmorGroup allegations (Washington Independent)

Man with gun arrested near Capitol during Obama’s address (Washington Times)

Coal group’s forged letter on cap and trade impersonated US veterans (ThinkProgress)

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