Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Gor. Arnold Schwarzenegger spanks the Nursing Board... CIA and Sotomayor. Where is the Healthcare Reform News?

today's papers
CIA's Assassination Squad Plans
By Daniel Politi
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 6:45 AM ET
The New York Times leads with more details about the secret CIA program that was kept from Congress since 2001 until the agency's director, Leon Panetta, canceled it last month. The program involved plans to send paramilitary teams around the world to assassinate top al-Qaida leaders. The Bush administration was determined to find an alternative to using missiles to kill suspected terrorists but the program faced a number of obstacles and was never implemented.

The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal's world-wide newsbox all lead with the first day of hearings featuring Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The senators did most of the talking yesterday and Republicans were quick to try to portray her as someone who would allow her personal feelings to affect her rulings. When it was her turn to speak, Sotomayor read a seven-minute statement in which she said her judicial philosophy centers around "fidelity to the law" and she believes a judge's job "is not to make law" but "to apply the law."

The Los Angeles Times leads with news that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fired three of the six members of the state Board of Registered Nursing. The move came a day after the paper reported that the board often takes years to discipline nurses accused of wrongdoing. Another board member had already resigned Sunday.

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Daniel Politi writes "Today's Papers" for Slate. He can be reached at todayspapers@slate.com.

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