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11:05 PM ET, August 26, 2009


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Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Ted Kennedy and the Death (Hopefully) of an Era  —  With the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), two points immediately come to mind.  —  First is the endless, generally uncritical encomia that journalists and other public commenters immediately generate whenever any major figure, especially a controversial one, dies.
Discussion: EconLog and ABCNEWS
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Not all Kennedy critics hold fire  —  Washington mourned the passing of the last of the Kennedy brothers Wednesday, with everyone from Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Orrin Hatch and Nancy Reagan offering heartfelt tributes to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.  —  House GOP Whip Eric Cantor took …
The Anchoress:
Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory - More UPDATES:  —  My baby-hood crush on John Kennedy, and my little-girl admiration for Robert Kennedy had kept Ted Kennedy on my periphery.  I use this photo because it is the flashing image I always get when I think of Ted, because it was my first real notice of him.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
George W. Bush calls Mrs. Kennedy  —  Former President George W. Bush spoke to Vicki Kennedy on Wednesday and expressed his and Laura Bush's condolences, best wishes and prayers, an aide said.  —  Bush said that the senator was “a great man who lived a full life” and that he would miss him, the aide said.
Ezra Klein:
The Cause of Ted Kennedy's Life
Discussion: American Prospect and The Mahablog
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Rush Was Right: Dems Call For “The Kennedy Memorial Health Bill”
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Remembering Ted Kennedy, Internet Pioneer
Peter Roff / US News:
Romney for Senate?  Succeeding Kennedy Could Help in 2012  —  By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog  —  Though it may be hard to see at first, the passing of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts may have a profound impact on 2012's race for the GOP presidential nomination.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies
The Huffington Post:
Mike Enzi, Gang Of Six Republican, Admits He's Simply Blocking Health Care Reform  —  Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate's “Gang of Six,” told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.
Associated Press:
Enzi gets earful on health care plan  —  GILLETTE - Sen. Mike Enzi attracted some rare criticism from his hometown of Gillette over his participation in bipartisan health care negotiations in the U.S. Senate.  —  About 500 people packed the cavernous Campbell County High School South Campus commons area …
Rasmussen Reports:
24% Say Democrats Should Pass Health Care Reform Without GOP Votes
Discussion: Hot Air, HotAirPundit and Firedoglake
Vanity Fair:
Dominick Dunne: 1925-2009  —  Dominick Dunne, a best-selling author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair, died today at his home in Manhattan.  He was 83.  —  The cause of death was bladder cancer, said his son Griffin Dunne.  —  Dunne—who joined Vanity Fair in 1984 as a contributing editor …
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN, Gawker and Gothamist
Jesse Kornbluth / The Huffington Post:
Dominick Dunne (1925-2009) …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Kevin McArdle / Millennium Radio New Jersey:
Christie Faces Questions Over '05 Traffic Tickets  —  On a Saturday night in 2005 Chris Christie was issued tickets for speeding and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.  A tow truck showed up at the scene but Christie was allowed to drive the vehicle with his wife …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Coming Air Force Crisis  —  David Petraeus makes a joke: … As Robert Farley says, this kind of thing is a pretty typical ground forces joke but “the AFA whining reveals a certain insecurity.”  —  It's worth observing that this issue is going to become much more severe in the years to come.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
AARP Poll: 8 in 10 Back Public Option  —  A new survey commissioned by the AARP asks respondents to what degree they support or oppose “[s]tarting a new federal health insurance plan that individuals could purchase if they can't afford private plans offered to them” — a public option, in other words.
Discussion: Firedoglake
The State:
Bauer: I won't run in 2010 if Sanford resigns  —  EXCLUSIVE - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer plans to call on embattled Gov. Mark Sanford to step down during a noon news conference today.  Bauer will also renew his pledge to bow out of the 2010 gubernatorial race should Sanford resign within a month or so.
China admits death row organ use  —  China is trying to move away from the use of executed prisoners as the major source of organs for transplants.  —  According to the China Daily newspaper, executed prisoners currently provide two-thirds of all transplant organs.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Daily Mail:
The babies born in hospital corridors: Bed shortage forces 4,000 mothers to give birth in lifts, offices and hospital toilets  —  Thousands of women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds.  —  The lives of mothers and babies are being put …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The American Way Of Torture  —  Greg Sargent notes another document secured by the ACLU.  (Yes, Greenwald is right that it's bizarre the media in this country are second to the ACLU in demanding information from the government.)  This document gives a detailed account of the torture techniques used …
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Tax Court Rejects Taxpayer's Attempt to Use Geithner's TurboTax Defense  —  The Tax Court yesterday rejected a taxpayer's attempt to use the TurboTax defense successfully employed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.  Hopson v. Commissioner, T.C. Summ.  Op.  2009-130 (Aug. 25, 2009) (citations omitted):
Rachel Lucas:
“We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else."  —  The title is a quote by Elie Wiesel and I use it because I've spent the last several weeks trying to write this post but failing, especially when it came to the title.
Kbh /
New projection: 2.3 million fewer people working in 2010  —  Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office released their “summer update” publication, in which they update their baseline budget and economic projections for changes in the economy and legislation enacted so far this year.
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Rothfeld / Los Angeles Times:
California holds a garage sale — with cars autographed by Schwarzenegger  —  In the latest attempt to raise money, the state is selling thousands of surplus items on EBay, Craigslist and in a warehouse auction.  —  Reporting from Sacramento - Does Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have a deal for you.
Hopefully I am mistaken!  —  I read with astonishment weekend news agency reports on the internal politics of the United States, where a systematic debilitation of President Barack Obama's influence is evident.  His surprising electoral victory would not have been possible without …
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Successor plan gains steam  —  Speaker Robert A. DeLeo ok with giving Gov. Patrick appoint power  —  House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has given his behind-closed-doors blessing to an effort to hand Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint a temporary successor to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, sources say.
Gerry Shih / New York Times:
Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools  —  This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years.  —  For students now, the promise of the big law firm career …
Discussion: Dealscape
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Choice and Moral Imagination  —  I wrote the other day about how over time I've “come to be increasingly baffled by the high degree cynicism and immorality displayed in big-time politics.”  —  Some right-of-center bloggers, including Damon Root at Reason and Ilya Somin …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Will Wilkinson
Los Angeles Times:
Vote could open 250 L.A. schools to outside operators  —  Backers of the Board of Education decision tout choice and competition.  Foes call the move illegal, illogical and improper.  —  In a startling acknowledgment that the Los Angeles school system cannot improve enough schools on its own …
Discussion: Hot Air and Joanne Jacobs
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Vocal minority greet Howard Dean at town hall  —  RESTON, Va. — Supporters of healthcare reform showed Tuesday night that they can pack a room, too.  —  Groups backing President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul filled the 2,700-seat gymnasium where Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) …
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Erika Bolstad / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Palin comes out in support of Fox's Beck over boycott
Discussion: Don Surber, SEIU and Raw Story
The E&P Pub:
Kennedy and Chappaquiddick—in the Obits
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Linda Rogers / L.A. Now:
Gov. Schwarzenegger calls Assembly gutless on prisons [Updated]
Discussion: D-Day and Calitics
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
Healthcare Reform Named After Ted Kennedy Must Not Suck
Discussion: The Plum Line, MyDD and Daily Kos
Joe Cirincione / The Huffington Post:
Ted Kennedy: A Lion for Nuclear Disarmament
 Earlier Items: 
Boston Globe:
President Obama to deliver eulogy at Kennedy's funeral
Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
Their Own Worst Enemy
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Megan McArdle:
Are Guns at Protests Really Dangerous?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top Bush Terrorism Adviser Admits CIA Docs Didn't Prove Torture Worked
Discussion: Raw Story and Think Progress