Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing so many stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from August 2009, focusing on the Right's fight against President Obama and the advancing probe on torture:

"Why Obama's Health Plan Falters," by Jeff Cohen, assessing the weakness of the reform message. (August 2, 2009)

"How Pay-to-Play Corrupts Washington," by Michael Winship, plumbing the depths of DC's institutional corruption. (August 2, 2009)

"Bashing Obama on Taxes" by Robert Parry, describing how the big media misreported the Obama administration's comments on taxes. (August 3, 2009)

"GE Muzzles Olbermann About Fox” by Robert Parry, about GE's corporate pressures on Keith Olbermann's attacks on Fox. (August 5, 2009)

"Ellsberg's Hiroshima Remembrance" by Daniel Ellsberg, recalling the start of the nuclear age. (August 6, 2009)

"Ex-CIA Analyst Criticizes State Secrets" by Melvin A. Goodman, rejecting excessive claims of secrecy. (August 7, 2009)

"Olbermann-O'Reilly Truce Frays" by Robert Parry, reporting on renewed attacks between rival networks. (August 7, 2009)

"Holder's Torture-Probe Plan Faulted" by Jason Leopold, noting the inquiry's limited focus on lower-level operatives. (August 10, 2009)

"Palin's 'Death Panels' and GOP Lying" by Robert Parry, examining the Republican reliance on made-up charges. (August 11, 2009)

"Rove Implicated in Prosecutor Firings," by Jason Leopold, tying Karl Rove to ousting a key U.S. Attorney for political reasons. (August 12, 2009)

"The Truth Will Not Out, on Its Own," by Robert Parry, noting the falsehoods that were dominating the health-care debate. (August 13, 2009)

"Cheney's New Gambit" by Ray McGovern, describing ex-Vice President Cheney's self-interested outrage. (August 14, 2009)

"WTimes' Hypocritical Obama-Nazi Slur" by Robert Parry, pointing out how the Washington Times had real Nazi connections. (August 16, 2009)

"A Power Equal to a Thousand Words” by David Kasper, making the case for releasing controversial torture photos. (August 18, 2009)

"Fromme-Peltier: Inequality of Mercy" by Dennis Bernstein and Miguel Gavilan Molina, assessing a double standard that keeps Indian activist Leonard Peltier behind bars. (August 18, 2009)

"Robert Novak Was a Liar" by Robert Parry, describing the late columnist's propensity for ugly falsehoods. (August 19, 2009)

"Why the Right's Propaganda Works” by Robert Parry, explaining the value of media repetition. (August 19, 2009)

"Blackwater's Unwritten Death Contract” by Ray McGovern, recounting how Blackwater made its deals with the Bush administration. (August 20, 2009)

"Lockerbie Doubts," by Lisa Pease, assessing the real evidence on the Lockerbie bombing. (August 21, 2009)

"Closing In on the Torturers'" by Ray McGovern, showing how the Bush administration's torturers have more reasons to worry. (August 26, 2009)

"WPost Helps CIA Defend Torture” by Ray McGovern, aghast at the Washington Post's excuses for torture. (August 30, 2009)

"Cheney May Balk at Torture Probe” by Jason Leopold, noting ex-Vice President Dick Cheney's resistance to an inquiry. (August 31, 2009)

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