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White House Debate Led to Plan to Widen Afghan Effort
By HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITT
The administration’s plan for Afghanistan followed a fierce internal debate in which the vice president urged caution against a quagmire, while military advisers argued for more troops.

Obama’s Man on the Budget: Just 40 and Going Like 60
By JODI KANTOR
Like any budget director, Peter R. Orszag is a “supernerd.” But his political connections and policy ambitions suggest he is driven by more than his epic caffeine consumption.

Judges’ Kickback Scheme Thrived Despite Red Flags
By IAN URBINA
Residents of Luzerne County, Pa., wondered what led two judges to send thousands of juveniles to detention centers in return for kickbacks — and why they weren’t stopped.

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QUOTATION OF THE DAY
“The judge’s whim is all that mattered in that courtroom. The law was basically irrelevant.”
MARSHA LEVICK, the legal director of the Juvenile Law Center, on two Pennsylvania judges who sent thousands of juveniles to detention centers for $2.6 million in kickbacks.
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