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10:55 AM ET, August 29, 2009

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Bill Varner / Bloomberg:
UAE Seizes North Korean Weapons Shipment to Iran  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship carrying North Korean-manufactured munitions, detonators, explosives and rocket-propelled grenades bound for Iran in violation of United Nations sanctions, diplomats said.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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Financial Times:
‘N Korean arms for Iran’ seized by UAE  —  By Simeon Kerr in Dubai and Harvey Morris in New York  —  The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship secretly carrying embargoed North Korean arms to Iran, say diplomats.  —  News of the interception comes at a sensitive time.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Jihad Watch
The Huffington Post:
Huckabee: Kennedy Would Have Been Urged To Die Earlier Under ObamaCare  —  Conservative media figures are blasting Democrats for trying to draw political gain from the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.  But on Thursday, it was one of their own — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — who went there.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Huck: ObamaCare wouldn't cover Ted  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed Friday that under the health-care plan proposed by President Barack Obama, Sen. Ted Kennedy would have been told to “go home to take pain pills and die” after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Muddies Water: I'm For Public Option—So Long As It's Private  —  During a tele-townhall with constituents today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he supports a public option...but then he added an extremely important caveat.  Reid said he doesn't think the public option ought …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Sen. Reid indicates support for a public option that is privately-run.  —  “We have a problem in America and it's called the private insurance industry,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in a private meeting with health care providers this week.
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
How wall-to-wall Chappaquiddick would have changed history — for the worse  —  Of course every network would have had special logos featuring bridges, water, wrecked cars or portraits of the main players.  And each would have had a snappy title for their non-stop coverage:
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Ronald Bailey / Reason:
Ezra Klein's Confusion Over “Rationing”  —  Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein is taking exception to Post columnist Charles Krauthammer's depressing op/ed on how health care “reform” will likely play out.  Krauthammer's op/ed argues that the public option is dead, as is end of life counseling …
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Ezra Klein:
We Ration.  We Ration.  We Ration.  We Ration.  —  “Look at Canada,” says Charles Krauthammer.  “Look at Britain.  They got hooked; now they ration.  So will we.”  —  So do we.  This is not an arguable proposition.  It is not a difference of opinion, or a conversation about semantics.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Daily Dish:
Tilting at Statists  —  On his Twitter feed, talk radio host Mark Levin has asked for feedback on “A Conservative Manifesto,” the epilogue to his bestselling book Liberty and Tyranny.  Some time ago I borrowed the book from my grandfather, so I thought I'd skip ahead, read its final pages and offer my thoughts.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Denver Post:
Romanoff has eye on Senate  —  Democrat to run against Bennet, sources say  —  Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is poised to mount a Democratic primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.  —  Urged to challenge Gov. Bill Ritter as he seeks re-election in 2010 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Enzi blasts Dems over healthcare goals  —  A key member of the Senate Republican Conference on Saturday blasted Democrats for offering a healthcare solution distinctly at odds with his party's goals.  —  Democratic healthcare reform will drive up the deficit, discriminate against the elderly …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gateway Pundit:
BUSSED IN UNION GOON BOOED OUT of Rep. Tim Bishop's Town Hall Meeting (Video)  —  A local union leader was booed out of Rep. Tim Bishop's town hall meeting last night in New York.  —  The town hall protesters did not like what Bishop was dishing out.  (Newsday)
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Halting Recovery Divides America in Two  —  The U.S. recovery is a tale of two economies.  —  At one extreme of Corporate America is a cadre of companies and banks, mostly big, united by an enviable access to credit.  At the other end are firms, chiefly small, with slumping sales that can't borrow or are facing stiff terms to do so.
Anna Palmer / Roll Call:
Bachmann Faces Raucous Crowd in Minnesota  —  LAKE ELMO, Minn. — In her first health care town hall of the August recess, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann faced a volatile crowd looking for answers on the future of health care in America.  —  Hundreds of constituents packed …
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Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
Speaker Pelosi's Disgrace, Cont.  — By: Peter Kirsanow  —  Since the mainstream press seem unable to figure out what questions to pose to Speaker Pelosi concerning her claim — discredited by the recently released IG's report — that the CIA never told her about waterboarding in fall 2002 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
bayoubuzz.com:
General Russell Honore To Run Vs David Vitter In Louisiana US Race?  —  In a breaking story, The Louisiana Weekly and Bayoubuzz.com have learned that the hero of Hurricane recovery, General Russell Honore is seriously considering entering the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate seat against incumbent David Vitter.
BBC:
Murdoch attack on ‘dominant’ BBC  —  News Corporation's James Murdoch has said that a “dominant” BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK.  —  The chairman of the media giant in Europe, which owns the Times and Sun, also blamed the UK government for regulating the media “with relish”.
Discussion: Biased BBC
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
Tutu to Haaretz: Arabs paying the price of the Holocaust  —  “The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns,” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told Haaretz Thursday.  —  Commenting on Prime Minister …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Strange Hypocrisy  —  In 2004, Massachusetts changed its laws to prevent Republican Mitt Romney from appointing John Kerry's replacement in case he became President.  Now it's 2009, the Governor of Massachusetts is a Democrat, and Ted Kennedy is dead so the state legislature is considering changing …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Ezra Klein
The Corner on National Review Online:
Where's the Outrage?  — By: NRO Staff  —  Given the apparent political motivations behind so many of the recent decisions at the Department of Justice (DOJ) — from the dismissal of the voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the re-investigation of CIA interrogators …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Lobbying Group Says Letters Against Climate Change Bill Were Fake  —  Lawyers for a Washington lobbying firm have asked federal prosecutors to investigate a former employee who the firm says sent fake letters to members of Congress urging them to oppose climate change legislation.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Anti-reform town hall attendees are unable to locate Iraq on a map.  —  Many town hall protesters enjoy boasting to federal lawmakers about how knowledgeable they are about public policy.  For example, at a town hall meeting with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) yesterday, an attendee stood up and declared …
 
 
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Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
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McCain Throws in With Sarah Palin: Agrees That VHA Pamphlet is …
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Michelle Malkin:
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