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5:30 PM ET, August 27, 2009

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PREDICTING POLITICIZATION.... It looks like word went out yesterday about what leading conservative voices should say about Ted Kennedy's death: complain about the memorial service that hasn't happened yet. … All of this came the same day Kennedy's death was announced.
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Media Matters for America:
Conservative media invoke Wellstone memorial smear in predicting politicization of Kennedy's death  —  Following Sen. Ted Kennedy's death, conservative media figures have returned to the smear that the memorial service for Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) became “a political rally” …
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 …
Jules Crittenden:
Dems In Mourning  —  His friend of many years' body not yet cold, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shows the depth of his grief.  Boston Herald: … The late Lion's dying wish was that the Massachusetts governor and Legislature overturn the 2004 law they passed on his request …
David Waldman / Daily Kos:
Name the public option, not the bill, after Kennedy
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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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Dems: RNC mailing “scurrilous” and “baseless”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Uncles  —  They seem kind of hostile to the president.  First there was Uncle Charlie, who Obama claimed had liberated Auschwitz (he'd helped liberate Buchenwald).  And when Charlie was asked, months later, about Obama's visit to Buchenwald, he took a rather cynical view of the president's motives:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Robert Moore / Coloradoan Online:
Markey: Medicare will take hit
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Targets Medicare Advantage
Discussion: Townhall.com and Prescriptions
Fox News:
Richardson Probe ‘Was Killed in Washington’  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won't be criminally charged in a federal investigation into pay-to-play allegations.  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members …
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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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Even The New Republic now calls for a party purge of corporate-owned “centrists”  —  The New Republic, 2004, endorsing Joe Lieberman for President: … TNR's Jonathan Chait, in The Los Angeles Times, 2006, viciously condemning those who mounted a primary challenge against Lieberman (an “anti-Lieberman jihad"):
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Halimah Abdullah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care industry contributes heavily to Blue Dogs
Discussion: Firedoglake
CBS News:
Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh One of the problems with any proposed law that's over 1,000 pages long and constantly changing is that much deviltry can lie in the details.  Take the Democrats' proposal to rewrite health care policy …
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 …
Ellis Goodwin / Chickasha Daily-Express:
Inhofe slams health reform  —  At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe told Chickasha residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.  —  “I don't have to read it, or know what's in it.  I'm going to oppose it anyways,” he said.
Taylor Gandossy / CNN:
Girl missing since 1991 found alive  —  (CNN) — A girl abducted in 1991 as an 11-year-old has been found alive in California, the El Dorado County sheriff's office said Thursday.  —  Jaycee Dugard is in good health, the office said in a statement, but provided no details.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Shakesville
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Is ‘Friending’ in Your Future?  Better Pay Your Taxes First  —  Tax deadbeats are finding someone actually reads their MySpace and Facebook postings: the taxman.  —  State revenue agents have begun nabbing scofflaws by mining information posted on social-networking Web sites …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Mary Mapes knew Bush volunteered for Vietnam: CBS report  —  This story by Bernard Goldberg certainly takes me back to the early days of my blogging career.  Shortly after the 2004 Republican convention, Mary Mapes produced a segment for 60 Minutes II that alleged that George W. Bush …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW HATCH PERCEIVES THE SENATE.... Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah appeared on MSNBC this morning, ostensibly to reflect on the career of his friend Ted Kennedy, but he also talked about the polarization of the political parties. … Hatch's office later added that the senator was referring …
Wall Street Journal:
The Real CIA News  —  Interrogations were carefully limited, briefed on Capitol Hill, and yielded information that saved innocent lives.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Whoever advised people to be skeptical of what they read in the papers must have had in mind this week's coverage of the documents about CIA interrogations.
Rasmussen Reports:
Support for Health Care Legislation Has Stopped Falling, But Most Still Opposed  —  As August winds down, the good news for President Obama and congressional Democrats is that support for their proposed health care legislation has stopped falling.  The bad news is that most voters oppose the plan.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Danger Room in Afghanistan: A Close Fight, and a Couple of Miracles  —  MIANPOSHTEH, Afghanistan — For seven hours, the Marine sniper team waited, crouching behind a concrete block in a dusty courtyard, at the edge of an adobe compound.  They were pretty sure that a group of local Taliban militants …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Ted Kennedy death gets expected coverage from cable news networks  —  To the casual viewer, cable news coverage of Sen. Edward Kennedy's death Wednesday lined up as neatly as the punch line in a joke about the alleged political agendas of those channels.  —  Starting from the safe premise …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “[I]f you genuinely believe in the rule of law …
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Daphne Eviatar / The Washington Independent:
Memos Suggest Legal Cherry-Picking in Justifying Torture
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
U.N. Report Advocates Teaching Masturbation to 5-Year-Olds
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Welcome Chill
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Megan McArdle:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Who Will Replace Kennedy?
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Forbes:
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