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11:20 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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Teddy Kennedy's death will be used to rekindle the old argument that we need to shut up and hurry up about health care reform.  —  So I assume.  —  But now the Democrats are short a vote in the Senate, and Democratic Governor Deval Patrick can't just appoint a new Democratic Senator for Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Byrd wants health bill renamed for Kennedy
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
Special election likely in January
Discussion: The Page
Bob Shrum / Time:   Bob Shrum on Ted Kennedy's Greatest Speech
JammieWearingFool:   RIP, Ted Kennedy
USA Today:
Ted Kennedy: A lifetime of public service
Discussion: Wonk Room and ImmigrationProf Blog
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Republicans join Democrats in mourning Ted Kennedy
The Politico:
Saluting Senator Kennedy …
Discussion: Boston Globe and
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Colorado Democratic headquarters vandalized.
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
Discussion: SCSUScholars
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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