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6:35 PM ET, August 27, 2009

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PREDICTING POLITICIZATION.... It looks like word went out yesterday about what leading conservative voices should say about Ted Kennedy's death: complain about the memorial service that hasn't happened yet. … All of this came the same day Kennedy's death was announced.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Romney won't run for Kennedy's seat  —  Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney will not seek the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy's death, a Romney spokesman said Thursday.  —  Responding to speculation that Romney may be interested in the seat—which he challenged Kennedy for in 1994 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Conservatives warn of ‘Wellstone effect’  —  Key conservative voices have begun to charge in the day after Sen. Ted Kennedy's death that Democrats are inappropriately politicizing the senator's death, his memorial and his legacy.  —  Kennedy was that ultimate political creature, a …
Media Matters for America:
Conservative media invoke Wellstone memorial smear in predicting politicization of Kennedy's death  —  Following Sen. Ted Kennedy's death, conservative media figures have returned to the smear that the memorial service for Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) became “a political rally” …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
After Diagnosis, Determined to Make a ‘Good Ending’
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Obtained: The RNC's Health Care Survey  —  I just chatted with Raymond Denny, the 64-year-old La Center, Wash., man who received the RNC's “2009 Future of American Health Survey,” which alleged that President Obama's health reform plans might discriminate against Republicans.  Here's the survey question:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Suggested By ... Glenn Beck?  —  Dave Weigel catches a remarkable mailing from the Republican National Committee: … You can't dismiss this as fringe weirdos or “entertainment,” can you?  The official Republican Party is telling its members that Democrats may use voting registration information to identify and kill them.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Whoops!  RNC Admits Screwing Up With Suggestion That Health Care …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Jules Crittenden:
Dems In Mourning  —  His friend of many years' body not yet cold, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shows the depth of his grief.  Boston Herald: … The late Lion's dying wish was that the Massachusetts governor and Legislature overturn the 2004 law they passed on his request …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW HATCH PERCEIVES THE SENATE.... Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) …
Fox News:
Richardson Probe ‘Was Killed in Washington’  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won't be criminally charged in a federal investigation into pay-to-play allegations.  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members …
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Taylor Gandossy / CNN:
Girl taken in 1991 surfaces; couple held  —  (CNN) — A 29-year old woman walked into a northern California police station, saying she was abducted 18 years ago, authorities said Thursday.  Two people are being held in connection with the case.  —  Jaycee Dugard is in good health …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Shakesville
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Onion Wins The Internet.  —  First, there was the article on the “afterbirthers” demanding to see Obama's placenta.  Now, we have an Onion segment discussing whether or not using a minotaur to gore detainees is, in fact, torture.  Obviously there are two sides to the question.
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   Andy McCarthy's Unwavering Defense Of Torture.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Targets Medicare Advantage  —  Seniors would lose with health ‘reform,’ and seniors vote.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Barack Obama was wise to vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard.  Not because it's one of the few places in America where his health-care plan is still popular …
Discussion: Hot Air and Prescriptions
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Robert Moore / Coloradoan Online:
Markey: Medicare will take hit
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Key Democrat suggests party moderates ‘brain dead’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A key House liberal suggested Thursday that party moderates who've pushed for changes in health care legislation are “brain dead” and out for insurance company campaign donations.  —  Moderate Blue Dog Democrats …
FDIC:
FDIC-Insured Institutions Lost $3.7 Billion in the Second Quarter of 2009  —  Total Reserves of the Deposit Insurance Fund Stood at $42 Billion  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) …
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Stars & Stripes:
Files prove Pentagon is profiling reporters … WASHINGTON — Contrary to the insistence of Pentagon officials this week that they are not rating the work of reporters covering U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes has obtained documents that prove that reporters' coverage is being graded as “positive,” “neutral” or “negative.”
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Stars & Stripes:
Pentagon: Reporter profiling under review
Discussion: Danger Room
CBS News:
Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh One of the problems with any proposed law that's over 1,000 pages long and constantly changing is that much deviltry can lie in the details.  Take the Democrats' proposal to rewrite health care policy …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Even The New Republic now calls for a party purge of corporate-owned “centrists”  —  The New Republic, 2004, endorsing Joe Lieberman for President: … TNR's Jonathan Chait, in The Los Angeles Times, 2006, viciously condemning those who mounted a primary challenge against Lieberman (an “anti-Lieberman jihad"):
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Mary Mapes knew Bush volunteered for Vietnam: CBS report  —  This story by Bernard Goldberg certainly takes me back to the early days of my blogging career.  Shortly after the 2004 Republican convention, Mary Mapes produced a segment for 60 Minutes II that alleged that George W. Bush …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Uncles  —  They seem kind of hostile to the president.  First there was Uncle Charlie, who Obama claimed had liberated Auschwitz (he'd helped liberate Buchenwald).  And when Charlie was asked, months later, about Obama's visit to Buchenwald, he took a rather cynical view of the president's motives:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
gqrr.com:
Corzine Closes Gap in New Jersey Governor Race  —  Stan Greenberg, Al Quinlan and Drew Lieberman  —  Democracy Corps  —  Research Categories … Executive Summary  —  A new survey conducted for Stan Greenberg and James Carville's organization Democracy Corps by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner …
Rasmussen Reports:
Support for Health Care Legislation Has Stopped Falling, But Most Still Opposed  —  As August winds down, the good news for President Obama and congressional Democrats is that support for their proposed health care legislation has stopped falling.  The bad news is that most voters oppose the plan.
Ellis Goodwin / Chickasha Daily-Express:
Inhofe slams health reform  —  At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe told Chickasha residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.  —  “I don't have to read it, or know what's in it.  I'm going to oppose it anyways,” he said.
ColorOfChange.org:
Ten New Companies Pledge Not to Run Additional Ads on Glenn Beck Program  —  Vonage, Bank Of America, Kraft Among Latest To Distance Themselves from FNC Host as the Network Struggles to Fill Beck's Advertising Space  —  OAKLAND, Calif.—Adding to an increasing list of companies distancing themselves …
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Is ‘Friending’ in Your Future?  Better Pay Your Taxes First  —  Tax deadbeats are finding someone actually reads their MySpace and Facebook postings: the taxman.  —  State revenue agents have begun nabbing scofflaws by mining information posted on social-networking Web sites …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Megan McArdle:
The Power of the Gun  —  A lot of commenters seem sure that having …
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Ted Kennedy death gets expected coverage from cable news networks