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11:10 PM ET, August 27, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Whoops!  RNC Admits Screwing Up With Suggestion That Health Care Reform Could “Discriminate” Against GOPers  —  A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee is conceding that a mailing was “inartfully worded” in suggesting that health care reform could empower a Dem-controlled health …
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: The Daily Dish and 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
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Targets Medicare Advantage
Discussion: Hot Air, Townhall.com and Prescriptions
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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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 …
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 …
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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.
CNSNews:
Howard Dean: Democrats Left Tort Reform Out of Health Care Bill Because They Feared ‘Taking On’ Trial Lawyers  —  (CNSNews.com) - Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a medical doctor who served as governor of Vermont, said at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Dean says no tort reform because trial lawyers too intimidating
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
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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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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Melissa Lafsky / The Huffington Post:
The Footnote Speaks: What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted's Career?  —  We're comfortable with moral relativism in this country — or, at least, we love us a good “sinned and redeemed” narrative.  And, for the most part, we realize that there are few lives on which we can slap a …
Gabriel Winant / Salon:
Limbaugh: You'll pry my foreskin from my cold, dead hands  —  If you had to whip up a too-good-to-be-true story for the right-wing pundit class to freak out over, what elements would you include?  There would have to be, of course, an element of command-and-control socialist-fascist invasion …
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.
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).
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Wall Street Journal Unbelievably Keeping Mark Penn as Columnist  —  Yesterday we reported that Microtrend-spouting flack Mark Penn's PR firm was using his Wall Street Journal column to drum up PR business.  Penn is ethically compromised.  But today, the WSJ tells us they're keeping Penn on as a columnist.
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 …
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.
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.
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"):
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 …
 
 
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Handicapping Gov. Charlie Crist's list to replace Sen. Mel Martinez
Ian Pannell / BBC:
US envoy ‘in angry Karzai talks’
Discussion: Truthdig
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
FEC allows Club to go after Specter donors
Discussion: Club for Growth and TPMDC
Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
More Sun for Less: Solar Panels Drop in Price
Robert Spencer / Human Events:
British Lion Muzzled
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW HATCH PERCEIVES THE SENATE.... Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “[I]f you genuinely believe in the rule of law …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Uncles  —  They seem kind of hostile to the president.
Rasmussen Reports:
Support for Health Care Legislation Has Stopped Falling, But Most Still Opposed
Forbes:
The Stimulus Is Definitely Working?!
Discussion: Townhall.com
Anchorage Daily News:
Palin won't show at fundraiser, denies accepting invitation