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7:55 AM ET, August 28, 2009

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘Wellstone effect’ for Kennedy?  —  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 “lion of the Senate …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker: Kennedy Brothers Killed By ‘Right-Wing’  —  HISTORICAL ‘FANTASIES’  —  Libtalker Claims Right Responsible For Kennedy Killings  —  *** ONGOING CRITIQUE OF MEDIA COVERAGE AT OUR OTHER SITE ***  —  How fast could Ted Kennedy's death be used to smear conservatives?
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Melissa Lafsky / The Huffington Post:
The Footnote Speaks: What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted's Career?
Discussion: Guardian and SFGate
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
UPDATED: As boycott continues, Glenn Beck's audience swells  —  An advertising boycott against Fox News host Glenn Beck has succeeded in keeping most major sponsors from running commercials on his show even as the controversial commentator's viewership has grown.
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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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Onion News Network:
[video] Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture?  —  In The Know panelists discuss the closing of the controversial detainee labyrinth and debate whether the Minotaur's sternum-stomping-by-hooves interrogation technique yielded valuable intelligence.
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Andy McCarthy's Unwavering Defense Of Torture.
Robert Moore / Coloradoan Online:
Markey: Medicare will take hit  —  Some people, including Medicare recipients, will have to give up some current benefits to truly reform the nation's health-care system, Rep. Betsy Markey told a gathering of constituents in Fort Collins on Wednesday.  —  Markey has repeatedly said during …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Dem. Rep. Betsy Markey: Yep, Medicare Will Take a Hit
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Targets Medicare Advantage
Discussion: Hot Air and Prescriptions
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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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 …
Megan McArdle:
My Last Word on Guns  —  Jason Zengerle indicates that the real point is that openly carrying weapons at a protest makes it harder for the Secret Service to do their job.  Probably.  On the other hand, lots of things make it harder for the Secret Service to do their job.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan  —  The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot — particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June hosted at the White House
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘Post’ poll: Only 4% of Jewish Israelis think Obama is pro-Israel  —  The number of Israelis who see US President Barack Obama's policies as pro-Israel has fallen to four percent, according to a Smith Research poll taken this week on behalf of The Jerusalem Post.
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Big Beck: Goes over 3 million viewers, beats O'Reilly in demo: Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, August 26, 2009  —  Though a little scandal might alienate advertisers, it's pure ratings gold.  Last night Glenn Beck had over 3 million viewers at 5pm, second only to O'Reilly for the night.
Jared S. Hopkins / Times-News:
Rammell howls at Otter for not buying wolf tag  —  This time, the howling isn't coming from the wolves.  —  Rex Rammell, a long-shot gubernatorial candidate seeking the Republican nomination, criticized Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Wednesday for not making good on a promise to buy the first wolf tag.
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Pastor Of Gun-Toter At Obama Event Prayed For Obama To Die  —  Chris Broughton, the man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to the Obama event in Arizona last week, attended a fiery anti-Obama sermon the day before the event, in which Pastor Steven Anderson said he was going to …
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Fox News beats CNN and MSNBC with more limited Kennedy coverage  —  Fox News maintained its top ranking among the cable news channels Wednesday as its competitors turned most of their coverage over to the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.  The event didn't prove to be a major draw for viewers, however.
Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll  —  BARACK OBAMA'S approval rating has hit a new low (48%) in our latest poll.  Americans are increasingly questioning the president's handling of the wars in Iraq (44% approve, down from 46% last week) and Afghanistan (42% approve, down from 47% last week).
New York Times:
Abuse Issue Puts the Justice Dept. and C.I.A. at Odds  —  WASHINGTON — With the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate detainee abuses, long-simmering conflicts between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department burst into plain view this week, threatening relations between …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept  —  Obama Officials Say Oversight Will Grow  —  The Obama administration will largely preserve Bush-era procedures allowing the government to search — without suspicion of wrongdoing — the contents of a traveler's laptop computer …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Bank Losses Drain Deposit Fund, F.D.I.C. Reports  —  Even as financial stocks have rallied nearly 60 percent since the end of March, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued another grim report card Thursday on the health of the nation's banks.  —  The agency reported …
Discussion: TIME.com and Politics Daily
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Late Senator's Staff Became The Other Kennedy Family  —  Behind each of Edward M. Kennedy's legislative victories was a vast coterie of staffers who became Washington legend.  They meticulously packed the senator's black briefcase each evening with tabbed, underlined and dog-eared briefing papers.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
No Charges for Governor After Inquiry Into Contract  —  HOUSTON — Federal prosecutors have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Gov. Bill Richardson and other New Mexico officials after a yearlong inquiry into accusations that his administration steered a lucrative contract …
Ian Pannell / BBC:
US envoy ‘in angry Karzai talks’  —  The BBC has learned that the US special envoy to Afghanistan has had what has been described as “an explosive meeting” with President Hamid Karzai over the country's election.  —  Sources have revealed that Richard Holbrooke raised concerns about ballot-stuffing …
Discussion: Truthdig
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
Pelosi vs. the CIA : Who Lied?  — By: Peter Kirsanow  —  Understandably, most of the media's attention has been focused on the portion of the CIA IG's report that deals with whether the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques ("EITs") caused suspected terrorists to provide information that they otherwise …
 
 
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Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Stephen Hayes: Cheney Himself Didn't Actually Torture. So There!
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Reuters:
U.S. moves toward formal cut off of aid to Honduras
Gabriel Winant / Salon:
Limbaugh: You'll pry my foreskin from my cold, dead hands
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
FEC allows Club to go after Specter donors
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “[I]f you genuinely believe in the rule of law …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant