By Frank James

Good morning from The Two-Way news blog at NPR. Here's a look at some of the most important or most interesting stories for Aug. 25, 2009.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to be reappointed to head the nation's central bank for a second term with President Barack Obama crediting the former Princeton University economist as a steady influence who took the extraordinary steps needed to keep the economy from falling into another Great Depression. NPR's John Ydstie discussed the reappointment with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep.

The Justice Department's release Monday of a lengthy report on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation practices towards terrorist detainees and its naming of a prosecutor to further examine those practices for possible criminal conduct represents a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union which has pressed for a public review, as NPR.s Peter Overby reports.

Meanwhile, the fallout began in earnest from the Obama Administration's release of the interrogation-related documents and Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to appoint a prosecutor, with NPR's Ari Shapiro reporting that critics either accuse the administration of going too far or not going far enough.

The Obama Administration will continue to use the controversial practice of rendition, the sending of terrorist suspects to other nations for interrogations which was widely reviled when Bush officials used it. Obama officials promise to oversee the practice closely, however, to prevent allies from torturing detainees.

Health experts are predicting that half the U.S. population will get swine flu this coming flu season, leading to the hospitalization of as many as 1.8 million people and causing 90,000 deaths, more than twice the numbers of a normal flu season.

Schools are readying for swine flu to sweep through their student populations, with some schools preparing some of their rooms to be isolation areas and monitoring their attendance rolls to spot patterns caused by the new flu early.

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and made a spectacularly failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination last year, is considering a run for New York's governor.

Steve Jobs has returned to Apple after liver surgery and is micromanaging the development of a new tablet device, causing some workers to chafe who had gotten used to operating with more freedom while he was away for medical reasons.

The Veterans Administration mistakenly sent letters to hundreds of patients telling them they had the fatal disorder Lou Gehrig's disease when they actually didn't.

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8:01 - August 25, 2009