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1:05 AM ET, August 28, 2009

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Romney won't run for Kennedy's seat  —  Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney will not seek the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy's death, a Romney spokesman said Thursday.  —  Responding to speculation that Romney may be interested in the seat—which he challenged Kennedy for in 1994 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘Wellstone effect’ for Kennedy?  —  Key conservative voices have begun to charge in the day after Sen. Ted Kennedy's death that Democrats are inappropriately politicizing the senator's death, his memorial and his legacy.  —  Kennedy was that ultimate political creature, a “lion of the Senate …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker: Kennedy Brothers Killed By ‘Right-Wing’
Discussion: Hot Air
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Obtained: The RNC's Health Care Survey  —  I just chatted with Raymond Denny, the 64-year-old La Center, Wash., man who received the RNC's “2009 Future of American Health Survey,” which alleged that President Obama's health reform plans might discriminate against Republicans.  Here's the survey question:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Whoops!  RNC Admits Screwing Up With Suggestion That Health Care Reform Could “Discriminate” Against GOPers  —  A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee is conceding that a mailing was “inartfully worded” in suggesting that health care reform could empower a Dem-controlled health …
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
UPDATED: As boycott continues, Glenn Beck's audience swells  —  An advertising boycott against Fox News host Glenn Beck has succeeded in keeping most major sponsors from running commercials on his show even as the controversial commentator's viewership has grown.
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ColorOfChange.org:
Ten New Companies Pledge Not to Run Additional Ads on Glenn Beck Program  —  Vonage, Bank Of America, Kraft Among Latest To Distance Themselves from FNC Host as the Network Struggles to Fill Beck's Advertising Space  —  OAKLAND, Calif.—Adding to an increasing list of companies distancing themselves …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Onion Wins The Internet.  —  First, there was the article on the “afterbirthers” demanding to see Obama's placenta.  Now, we have an Onion segment discussing whether or not using a minotaur to gore detainees is, in fact, torture.  Obviously there are two sides to the question.
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
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Onion News Network:
[video] Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture?  —  In The Know panelists discuss the closing of the controversial detainee labyrinth and debate whether the Minotaur's sternum-stomping-by-hooves interrogation technique yielded valuable intelligence.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hot Air
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Andy McCarthy's Unwavering Defense Of Torture.
Robert Moore / Coloradoan Online:
Markey: Medicare will take hit  —  Some people, including Medicare recipients, will have to give up some current benefits to truly reform the nation's health-care system, Rep. Betsy Markey told a gathering of constituents in Fort Collins on Wednesday.  —  Markey has repeatedly said during …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Dem. Rep. Betsy Markey: Yep, Medicare Will Take a Hit
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Targets Medicare Advantage
Discussion: Hot Air and Prescriptions
Taylor Gandossy / CNN:
Girl taken in 1991 surfaces; couple held  —  (CNN) — A 29-year old woman walked into a northern California police station, saying she was abducted 18 years ago, authorities said Thursday.  Two people are being held in connection with the case.  —  Jaycee Dugard is in good health …
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan  —  The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot — particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June hosted at the White House
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Pastor Of Gun-Toter At Obama Event Prayed For Obama To Die  —  Chris Broughton, the man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to the Obama event in Arizona last week, attended a fiery anti-Obama sermon the day before the event, in which Pastor Steven Anderson said he was going to …
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Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Big Beck: Goes over 3 million viewers, beats O'Reilly in demo: Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, August 26, 2009  —  Though a little scandal might alienate advertisers, it's pure ratings gold.  Last night Glenn Beck had over 3 million viewers at 5pm, second only to O'Reilly for the night.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Bank Losses Drain Deposit Fund, F.D.I.C. Reports  —  Even as financial stocks have rallied nearly 60 percent since the end of March, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued another grim report card Thursday on the health of the nation's banks.  —  The agency reported …
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Jared S. Hopkins / Times-News:
Rammell howls at Otter for not buying wolf tag  —  This time, the howling isn't coming from the wolves.  —  Rex Rammell, a long-shot gubernatorial candidate seeking the Republican nomination, criticized Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Wednesday for not making good on a promise to buy the first wolf tag.
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Key Democrat suggests party moderates ‘brain dead’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A key House liberal suggested Thursday that party moderates who've pushed for changes in health care legislation are “brain dead” and out for insurance company campaign donations.  —  Moderate Blue Dog Democrats …
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Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll  —  BARACK OBAMA'S approval rating has hit a new low (48%) in our latest poll.  Americans are increasingly questioning the president's handling of the wars in Iraq (44% approve, down from 46% last week) and Afghanistan (42% approve, down from 47% last week).
Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
U.S. Markets Wrap: Stocks Gain on Fuel Rise; Bonds, Dollar Fall  —  Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks rose, while Treasuries and the dollar slipped, after a rebound in oil and natural gas spurred investors who pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 Index up 52 percent since March into more bets on riskier assets.
Discussion: The Big Picture and Don Surber
CNSNews:
Howard Dean: Democrats Left Tort Reform Out of Health Care Bill Because They Feared ‘Taking On’ Trial Lawyers  —  (CNSNews.com) - Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a medical doctor who served as governor of Vermont, said at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night …
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Fox News beats CNN and MSNBC with more limited Kennedy coverage  —  Fox News maintained its top ranking among the cable news channels Wednesday as its competitors turned most of their coverage over to the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.  The event didn't prove to be a major draw for viewers, however.
gqrr.com:
Corzine Closes Gap in New Jersey Governor Race  —  Stan Greenberg, Al Quinlan and Drew Lieberman  —  Democracy Corps  —  Research Categories … Executive Summary  —  A new survey conducted for Stan Greenberg and James Carville's organization Democracy Corps by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner …
Gabriel Winant / Salon:
Limbaugh: You'll pry my foreskin from my cold, dead hands  —  If you had to whip up a too-good-to-be-true story for the right-wing pundit class to freak out over, what elements would you include?  There would have to be, of course, an element of command-and-control socialist-fascist invasion …
Ian Pannell / BBC:
US envoy ‘in angry Karzai talks’  —  The BBC has learned that the US special envoy to Afghanistan has had what has been described as “an explosive meeting” with President Hamid Karzai over the country's election.  —  Sources have revealed that Richard Holbrooke raised concerns about ballot-stuffing …
Discussion: Truthdig
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Stephen Hayes: Cheney Himself Didn't Actually Torture. So There!
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hullabaloo
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
FEC allows Club to go after Specter donors
Discussion: Club for Growth and TPMDC
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Wall Street Journal Unbelievably Keeping Mark Penn as Columnist
Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
More Sun for Less: Solar Panels Drop in Price
Robert Spencer / Human Events:
British Lion Muzzled
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “[I]f you genuinely believe in the rule of law …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Uncles  —  They seem kind of hostile to the president.
Rasmussen Reports:
Support for Health Care Legislation Has Stopped Falling, But Most Still Opposed