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12:40 PM ET, August 27, 2009

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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 …
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 …
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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’?
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Ted Kennedy: Master of Opportunity
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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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.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Steele Confused, Overwhelmed By NPR Interview: 'Now Wait A Minute.  Hold up. ...  You're Trying To Be Cute.'  —  In an interview with Michael Steele, NPR's Steve Inskeep repeatedly asked the RNC chairman to explain why Republicans keep defending Medicare at the same time they claim …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court's Steroid Ruling Pumps Up Computer Privacy
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Anchorage Daily News:
Palin won't show at fundraiser, denies accepting invitation  —  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 …
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Big winners in Cash for Clunkers: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
ABCNEWS:
Schedule of Events: Kennedy Funeral  —  Tune in to ABC News and ABCNews.com for Complete Coverage.  —  Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.  —  Kennedy had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer and …
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CNN:   Kennedy funeral planned at Boston church
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Will Inboden / Shadow Government:
How will the Tories run UK foreign policy?  —  A default conversation starter in political and media circles here in London goes something like “So, what will the Conservatives actually do once they take power next June?” (the assumption being that victory is inevitable; at the least very likely).
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and OxBlog
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
Forbes:
The Stimulus Is Definitely Working?!  —  Proponents ignore both fact and reasoning.  —  The bloviators of the blogosphere have been in full roar the past few weeks over the claimed success of the economic stimulus program.  Much of this was ignited by Christina Romer …
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” …
New York Post:
TAX CHIEF CHARLIE A TAX ‘CHEAT,’ TOO  —  By CHARLES HURT in DC and PERRY CHIARMONTE in Glassboro, NJ  —  The Tax Man is a deadbeat.  —  Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, has failed to pay taxes on two plots of land he has in New Jersey, records show.
Steve Vogel / Washington Post:
For Intelligence Officers, A Wiki Way to Connect Dots  —  Intellipedia, the intelligence community's version of Wikipedia, hummed in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election in June, with personnel at myriad government agencies updating a page dedicated to tracking the disputed results.
 
 
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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Mark Henderson / Times of London:
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Matt Mackowiak / The Huffington Post:
Gov. Rick Perry's Anti-Washington Rhetoric is Political Double Talk
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Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
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Morton M. Kondracke / Roll Call:
Congress Should Reform Immigration to Honor Kennedy
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