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9:45 AM ET, August 26, 2009


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Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77  —  ‘Liberal Lion’ of the Senate Led Storied Political Family After Deaths of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy  —  Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy brother who was left to head the family's political dynasty …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies  —  Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died Tuesday night.
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Kennedy's Death Raises Issues of Succession  —  The death of Edward M. Kennedy immediately raises the question of who will succeed the senator — and how quickly — as Congress is embroiled in a bitter battle over plans to overhaul the nation's health care system.
Martin F. Nolan / Boston Globe:
Kennedy dead at 77  —  Liberal lion of the Senate, symbol of family dynasty succumbs to brain cancer  —  Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who carried aloft the torch of a Massachusetts dynasty and a liberal ideology to the citadel of Senate power, but whose personal and political failings …
Michelle Malkin:
Sen. Edward Kennedy has died  —  The U.S. Senator from Massachusetts succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 77 tonight.  Put aside your ideological differences for an appropriate moment and mark this passing with solemnity.  —  There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism.
Scott / Power Line:
Edward Kennedy's America  —  The death of Senator Edward Kennedy from a malignant brain tumor superimposes somber intimations of mortality onto a frequently frivolous political scene.  It puts us in mind us of what Wordsworth called the “fallings from us, vanishings” that ultimately reconcile us to our own mortality.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Edward Moore Kennedy (1932-2009)
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Republicans join Democrats in mourning Ted Kennedy
Discussion: The Page
RIP, Ted Kennedy
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Teddy Kennedy's death will be used to rekindle the old argument …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Lawmakers and politicos mourn Kennedy
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NPR
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy dies
Jessica Fender / Denver Post:
1 suspect in custody following Dem HQ vandalism in Denver  —  A 24-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters tried to conceal his identity while allegedly committing the crime, according to police descriptions.
Michelle Malkin:
Fake hate crime alert: Leftists vandalize Denver Democrat HQ; Dems smeared Obamacare foes  —  Nabbed: Left-wing Obamacare supporter Maurice Schwenkler, not Obamacare foes, arrested in attack on Denver Democrat HQ  —  I called out GOP fake hate crime perpetrator Ashley Todd last year …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
The New Republican Plan to Bankrupt America  —  Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, this week revealed a secret Republican plan that would end up eliminating all federal farm subsidies; closing down Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks; selling off the interstate highway system …
Shawn Neisteadt / KCLO-TV:
Some Surprised By ‘Clunker’ Tax  —  The Cash For Clunkers program is adding to the activity at treasurers' offices all around South Dakota.  First, people were asking for proof of ownership, so they could show they owned their vehicle for a full year, allowing them to cash it in.
Karl Denninger / The Market Ticker:
Government (And Car Dealers) Hose You Again  —  This is hilarious: … The amusement here is how most (if not all) states compute sales tax (charged when you register the vehicle.)  —  When you buy a new car you pay tax on the difference between the new car's purchase price and the trade-in you present to the dealer.
Discussion: SCSUScholars
Obama on brink of Middle East peace breakthrough  —  • US to adopt much tougher line over Iran's nuclear ambitions  —  • Israel to freeze construction of settlements on West Bank  —  • France and Russia offer to host Middle East peace conference
Wall Street Journal:
The Pelosi-Obama Deficits  —  Even $9 trillion might be too optimistic on current spending trends.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Earlier this year when President Obama was selling his first budget blueprint, he promised to end years of “borrow and spend” budgeting.  Yesterday, reality struck.
Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
Federal prosecutor who took loan from GOP governor candidate Chris Christie resigns  —  TRENTON — The federal prosecutor at the center of the controversy over a loan made by New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has resigned.  —  In her resignation letter dated today …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Plumbing the Depths  —  The Washington Post's Greg Sargent is worked up about the fact that “big news orgs” have not declared Dick Cheney a liar for claiming that EITs were effective.  (For the record, many people still consider the Washington Post a big news org.)
New York Times:
Report Shows Tight C.I.A. Control on Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — Two 17-watt fluorescent-tube bulbs — no more, no less — illuminated each cell, 24 hours a day.  White noise played constantly but was never to exceed 79 decibels.  A prisoner could be doused with 41-degree water but for only 20 minutes at a stretch.
Christianity Today:
Sounds of Silence  —  Fiji remained silent on a day that should have been filled with songs of praise.  —  The government canceled an annual Methodist choir festival scheduled for Saturday in Suva, the archipelago's capital.  The decision to cancel the 160-year-old competition fueled tensions …
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
CALLEY: WRONG, BUT RIGHT.  Yesterday, William Calley, the only person ever held responsible for the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, a massacre of over 300 unarmed women, children, and old men on n March 16, 1968, apologized, making his first public statement in forty years. … He's right.
Discussion: Dick's World, Pharyngula and The Lede
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox News' Shep Smith debunks McCain's charge that reconciliation would be a ‘drastic change.’  —  This afternoon in his town hall, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he is “unalterably opposed” to using the budget reconciliation process to pass health care reform.
Discussion: Blue Hampshire and D-Day
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Feingold: 'We're headed in the direction of absolutely nothing'  —  Russ Feingold tells a Wisconsin crowd of the prospects for health care legislation:  —  “Nobody is going to bring a bill before Christmas, and maybe not even then, if this ever happens,” Feingold said.  “The divisions are so deep.
Obama's Summer Re-Reading  —  One of the dumbest annual exercises is the media's silly obsession with what presidents read during their summer vacation.  Since they thought George W. Bush was such a dunce they always made sure to tell us what he was supposedly reading between covering …
Discussion: New York Post
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