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5:00 PM ET, August 29, 2009

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Washington Post:
How a Detainee Became An Asset  —  Sept. 11 Plotter Cooperated After Waterboarding  —  By Peter Finn, Joby Warrick and Julie Tate, Page A01  —  After enduring the CIA's harshest interrogation methods and spending more than a year in the agency's secret prisons, Khalid Sheik Mohammed stood …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Post story bolsters Cheney  —  The Washington Post leads today with an extraordinary story cutting against the conclusions of a series of recent government and media reports to cast as straight news — with a few hedges and qualifications — that waterboarding and sleep deprivation worked …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Acknowledging the Obvious  —  Is the mainstream media coming around?  —  The Washington Post has an important front-page story this morning, with matter-of-fact reporting on the importance of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad as an intelligence source and the enhanced interrogation techniques that made him talk.
New York Times:
Edward Kennedy Jr.'s Remembrance of Senator Kennedy  —  The following is a transcript of Edward Kennedy Jr.'s remembrance of his father, Edward M. Kennedy, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica on Saturday, as recorded by CQ Transcriptions.  —  My name is Ted Kennedy, Jr., a name I share with my son, a name I shared with my father.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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SusanG / Daily Kos:
President Obama's eulogy for Ted Kennedy  —  Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery  —  Eulogy for Edward Kennedy  —  Boston, MA  —  Mrs. Kennedy, Kara, Edward, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, members of the Kennedy family, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama eulogy: Kennedy ‘Happy Warrior’  —  ' “Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy,” President Barack Obama said today at the public funeral for the last of the three Kennedy brothers who held or sought the presidency.  —  “The world will long remember …
Discussion: American Power
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Goodbye to ‘a kind and tender hero’
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: BLACKFIVE and Atlas Shrugs
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Charles Hurt Dc / New York Post:
CHARLIE'S MORTGAGE BARES HOME UNTRUTH  —  Rep. Charles Rangel claimed on mortgage papers that a Harlem brownstone was his principal residence — even though he was living elsewhere at the time, The Post has learned.  —  When the Democrat — who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee …
Discussion: Gothamist and JammieWearingFool
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REID'S MUDDLED SUPPORT FOR A PUBLIC OPTION.... On a conference call yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) emphasized his support for a public option as part of health care reform.  That support started sounding a little shaky, though, when the Democrats' Senate leader explained what he means by “public option.”
Discussion: Reno Gazette-Journal
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Gateway Pundit:
Of Course... Dems Push For Obamacare at Teddy Kennedy's Funeral Mass (Video)  —  Of course, they couldn't help it.  —  Nothing is sacred.  —  Dems pushed for Obamacare at Teddy Kennedy's funeral today:  —  Not even a funeral is off limits for pushing their socialist agenda.
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: Doug Ross and Balloon Juice
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Real Time: Bill Moyers on Health Care as a Human Right  —  Bill Moyers visited the set of Real Time, and had an honest discussion about why we're going to be lucky to see any real reform on health care with all of the money being thrown at both the Republican and Democratic parties …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Imbalance of Trust  —  Liberals are flummoxed by the fact that obviously false and widely discredited claims about health care reform have not only taken root, but appear to be growing in acceptance.  —  According to a poll of 600 adults ages 18 and older, which was conducted Aug. 13 to 18 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Holmes on Caldwell  —  If you look across the Atlantic to Europe, there's no question that some real problems exist with the social exclusion of immigrant communities that's leading, in the particular case of Muslim immigrant communities, to the rise of some extremist ideologies.
Discussion: Eschaton
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
DOJ May Skirt Court Order on Interrogation Documents  —  The Obama administration may circumvent the spirit of a judge's order to disclose hundreds of documents relating to the CIA's Bush-era interrogation program, delivering instead generic descriptions of the documents and legal arguments for continued nondisclosure.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
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Discussion: Betsy's Page
Gateway Pundit:
BUSSED IN UNION GOON BOOED OUT of Rep. Tim Bishop's Town Hall Meeting (Video)
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air