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9:05 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, ABCNEWS and Sadly, No!
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Andrew Breitbart Unleashes A Torrent Of Invective Against Sen. Ted Kennedy's Legacy On Twitter  —  Early this morning, news broke that Sen. Ted Kennedy had passed away after serving in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years.  Soon after, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart began …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Allen / The Politico:
George W. Bush calls Mrs. Kennedy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and ABCNEWS
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Rush Was Right: Dems Call For “The Kennedy Memorial Health Bill”
Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77
Ezra Klein:
The Cause of Ted Kennedy's Life
Discussion: American Prospect and The Mahablog
Julian E. Zelizer / CNN:
Commentary: Ted Kennedy was a true believer
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
Rasmussen Reports:
24% Say Democrats Should Pass Health Care Reform Without GOP Votes
Discussion: Hot Air and HotAirPundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Successor plan gains steam
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Marshall C. Sanford, will you PLEASE GO NOW!
Discussion: Greenville News
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: CNN, The Moderate Voice and Gawker
Jesse Kornbluth / The Huffington Post:
Dominick Dunne (1925-2009) …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Allison Hoffman / Tablet Magazine:
Broken Watch  —  On July 15, David Bernstein published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal criticizing senior officials of Human Rights Watch, the New York-based advocacy organization, for traveling to Saudi Arabia—a state frequently cited for its own human-rights abuses—to solicit support …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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):
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 …
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Joe Cirincione / The Huffington Post:
Ted Kennedy: A Lion for Nuclear Disarmament
Los Angeles Times:
Vote could open 250 L.A. schools to outside operators
Discussion: Hot Air and Joanne Jacobs
China admits death row organ use
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Choice and Moral Imagination
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Will Wilkinson
Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The First Congressional Website  —  Apparently Ted Kennedy …
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
Boston Globe:
President Obama to deliver eulogy at Kennedy's funeral
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Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
Their Own Worst Enemy
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
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Gerry Shih / New York Times:
Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools
Discussion: Dealscape
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top Bush Terrorism Adviser Admits CIA Docs Didn't Prove Torture Worked
Discussion: Think Progress and Raw Story