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5:55 PM ET, August 26, 2009

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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.
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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: ABCNEWS and EconLog
ABCNEWS:
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Byrd wants health bill renamed for Kennedy  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the only senator to have served longer than the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), mourned his friend Wednesday, saying his “heart and soul weeps.”  —  Byrd said he hoped healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy.
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Rush Was Right: Dems Call For “The Kennedy Memorial Health Bill”  —  How to react to Ted Kennedy's death?  There certainly is an initial inclination to react the way so many left-wing blogs reacted to the death of Robert Novak, such as this post at the prominent Crooks and Liars:
Ezra Klein:
The Cause of Ted Kennedy's Life
Discussion: American Prospect and The Mahablog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Looking Forward  —  This morning, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) …
Discussion: TPMDC
Bob Shrum / Time:
Bob Shrum on Ted Kennedy's Greatest Speech
Martin F. Nolan / Boston Globe:
Kennedy dead at 77  —  Liberal lion of the Senate …
Dana Houle / Daily Kos:
Ted Kennedy's Greatest Accomplishment: He Created Americans
Discussion: Open Left and D-Day
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Remembering Ted Kennedy, Internet Pioneer
Discussion: Reason and Open Congress
Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The First Congressional Website  —  Apparently Ted Kennedy …
The Anchoress:
Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory - More UPDATES:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Wire:
Kennedy's Death Spurs Calls to Pass Health Legislation
Discussion: American Power and The Greenroom
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, BuzzFlash.org and D-Day
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Rasmussen Reports:
24% Say Democrats Should Pass Health Care Reform Without GOP Votes  —  If Democrats agree on a health care reform bill that is opposed by all Republicans in Congress, 24% of voters nationwide say the Democrats should pass that bill.  —  But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Discussion: Hot Air and HotAirPundit
Associated Press:
Enzi gets earful on health care plan
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
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Peter Roff / US News:   Romney for Senate? Succeeding Kennedy Could Help in 2012
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
Marshall C. Sanford, will you PLEASE GO NOW!
Discussion: Greenville News
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
granma.cu:
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 …
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.) …
Washington Post:
New Deficit Estimates Require Obama to Offer a Plan for Fiscal Sustainability  —  NO ONE LIKES to be the bearer of bad news — especially when it could threaten your multibillion-dollar health-care reform bill.  And so the Obama administration did not exactly rush to publish yesterday's …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top Bush Terrorism Adviser Admits CIA Docs Didn't Prove Torture Worked  —  Okay, this should settle it, but of course it won't: We now have a former homeland security official under George W. Bush who has contradicted the claim by conservatives that the CIA docs released yesterday proved torture worked, as Dick Cheney said they would.
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Discussion: New York Times and City Room
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