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10:50 AM ET, August 27, 2009

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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Pols eye once-in-a-generation opening  —  The death of Democratic titan Sen. Ted Kennedy, which creates the first Senate opening in Massachusetts in 25 years, is likely to release the pent-up ambitions of a long line of Democrats who will find the upcoming special election hard to pass up.
Discussion: Time, Top Stories from CQ and The Page
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Andrew Breitbart Unleashes A Torrent Of Invective Against Sen. Ted Kennedy's Legacy On Twitter  —  Early this morning, news broke that Sen. Ted Kennedy had passed away after serving in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years.  Soon after, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart began …
The Politico:
Kennedy's legacy shapes Obama's path  —  Through two years of wearying campaigning, defeats and victories, the cool, disciplined Sen. Barack Obama rarely was overcome by emotion.  Once was on the eve of the election, when his grandmother died.  —  The other time, a close aide recalled, was when Sen. Ted Kennedy endorsed him.
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
‘Win One for Teddy,’ Say Dems Pushing for Health Reform  —  Key Question Is Whether Kennedy's Death Can Rally Fellow Democrats  —  Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party's flagging push for health care reform.  —  “You've heard of ‘win one for the Gipper’?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ROMNEY FOR SENATE?.... Whether Massachusetts law is changed or not, the state will host a special election in January to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Edward Kennedy.  It's likely that Massachusetts will elect a Democrat, but it's also likely that Republicans will at least field a candidate.
Santa Fe / Associated Press:
AP: Bill Richardson Cleared in Fed's Probe  —  Source Says New Mexico Governor, Aides, Will Face No Criminal Charges in Alleged Pay-to-Play Deal  —  (AP) New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won't be criminally charged in a yearlong federal investigation …
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.”
Wall Street Journal:
The Real CIA News  —  Interrogations were carefully limited, briefed on Capitol Hill, and yielded information that saved innocent lives.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Whoever advised people to be skeptical of what they read in the papers must have had in mind this week's coverage of the documents about CIA interrogations.
Forbes:
The Spend-And-Borrow Economy  —  What's the exit strategy from the monetary and fiscal easing?  —  In the last few months the world economy has been saved from a near-depression.  That feat has been achieved by a range of extraordinary government stimulus measures: In the U.S. and in China …
Discussion: EconoPundit
Anchorage Daily News:
Palin billed as event speaker but she's not showing up  —  TONIGHT: Spokeswoman says ex-governor was never asked.  —  Organizers of an Anchorage event that has been billing Sarah Palin for weeks as a star speaker were left scrambling Wednesday after learning that the former governor …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Washington Note
Greg Hilburn / The News Star:
Landrieu says she would likely oppose government insurance option  —  U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu told a relatively friendly overflow Monroe Chamber of Commerce crowd that she would likely oppose any government insurance option in health care reform and lobby against a proposed energy tax known as Cap and Trade.
Discussion: Right Wing News and TPMDC
Bloomberg:
Elle Macpherson Can't Counter London Gloom as Americans Flee  —  Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) — Andrew Wesbecher moved to London from New York in 2006 to sell software to banks and hedge funds.  This month he joined the exodus of American expatriates fleeing high taxes and the city's shrinking financial industry.
Halimah Abdullah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care industry contributes heavily to Blue Dogs  —  WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration and Democrats wrangled over the timing, shape and cost of health care overhaul efforts during the first half of the year, more than half the $1.1 million in campaign contributions …
Rebecca Smith / Telegraph:
‘Cruel and neglectful’ care of one million NHS patients exposed  —  One million NHS patients have been the victims of appalling care in hospitals across Britain, according to a major report released today.  —  In the last six years, the Patients Association claims hundreds of thousands …
Discussion: QandO and Wake up America
Mark Pittman / Bloomberg:
Federal Reserve Says Disclosing Loans Will Hurt Banks  —  Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve argued yesterday that identifying the financial institutions that benefited from its emergency loans would harm the companies and render the central bank's planned appeal of a court ruling moot.
Morton M. Kondracke / Roll Call:
Congress Should Reform Immigration to Honor Kennedy  —  Along with a health care reform bill, it would be a fitting tribute to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) if Congress could act on his other great unfinished cause: immigration reform.  —  For all his liberal Democratic passion …
Discussion: Wonk Room
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Ted Kennedy death gets expected coverage from cable news networks  —  To the casual viewer, cable news coverage of Sen. Edward Kennedy's death Wednesday lined up as neatly as the punch line in a joke about the alleged political agendas of those channels.  —  Starting from the safe premise …
Betsy McCaughey / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief  —  White House health-care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘overuse’ of medical care.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Coming Air Force Crisis  —  David Petraeus makes a joke: … As Robert Farley says, this kind of thing is a pretty typical ground forces joke but “the AFA whining reveals a certain insecurity.”  —  It's worth observing that this issue is going to become much more severe in the years to come.
Erika Bolstad / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Palin comes out in support of Fox's Beck over boycott  —  WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is jumping into the fray over Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck, whose assertion last month that President Barack Obama is “a racist” led to a boycott of the companies advertising on his show …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Stung by the Perfect Sting  —  If I read all the vile stuff about me on the Internet, I'd never come to work.  I'd scamper off and live my dream of being a cocktail waitress in a militia bar in Wyoming.  —  If you're written about in a nasty way, it looms much larger for you than for anyone else.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
An Interesting Consequence of United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing: Am I right that the Ninth Circuit's Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing has rendered every computer search warrant that has ever been obtained — and every offsite search — unconstitutional?
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
‘Clunkers’ Generates 690,000 Sales  —  The federal government's month-long “Cash for Clunkers” program ended after having spent almost the entire $3 billion allotted and putting 690,114 new, more fuel-efficient cars on the road, the Transportation Department said Wednesday.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Leak: How Mark Penn Converts His Wall Street Journal Column into P.R. Clients  —  Mark Penn, the strategist who dashed Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes, is the Wall Street Journal's “Microtrend"-spotting columnist.  He's also CEO of PR giant Burson-Marsteller.
Stephanie Ebbert / Boston Globe:
3 days of rites begin with procession today  —  The path of remembrance for Senator Edward M. Kennedy will follow the trail of his celebrated life - from his beloved Hyannis Port to his fallen brother's presidential library in Dorchester, from the Mission Hill church where Kennedy prayed …
Vanity Fair:
Dominick Dunne: 1925-2009  —  Dominick Dunne, a best-selling author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair, died today at his home in Manhattan.  He was 83.  —  The cause of death was bladder cancer, said his son Griffin Dunne.  —  Dunne—who joined Vanity Fair in 1984 as a contributing editor …
Discussion: CNN, Firedoglake, Scared Monkeys and Gawker
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Health Care Fit for Animals  —  Opponents suggest that a “government takeover” of health care will be a milestone on the road to “socialized medicine,” and when he hears those terms, Wendell Potter cringes.  He's embarrassed that opponents are using a playbook that he helped devise.
 
 
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