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7:20 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 …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Washington Post's Cheney-ite defense of torture  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  If anyone ever tells you that they don't understand what is meant by “stenography journalism” — or ever insists that America is plagued by a Liberal Media — you can show them this article …
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
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
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:
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Goodbye to ‘a kind and tender hero’
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: Dems task Teddy's grandson with leading funeral prayer for ObamaCare  —  The boss has been writing about the left's use of kids as sympathetic “human shields” for their policies for years and years, but even so, I'm amazed.  I thought the moral authority of the religious setting …
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
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.
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 …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Democrats Seem Forgetful on Senate Appointments  —  WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee wasted no time Friday slamming Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida for installing a Republican crony in the Senate as a seat warmer until Mr. Crist can run for the post himself next year.
Discussion: Don Surber, The Politico and The Buzz
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.”
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.
The Corner on National Review Online:
Where's the Outrage? — By: NRO Staff
Discussion: Macsmind and Commentary
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
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Holmes on Caldwell  —  If you look across the Atlantic to Europe …
Discussion: Eschaton
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Enzi blasts Dems over healthcare goals
Conor Friedersdorf / The Daily Dish:
Tilting at Statists  —  On his Twitter feed, talk radio host Mark Levin …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Balloon Juice
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
Speaker Pelosi's Disgrace, Cont. — By: Peter Kirsanow
Discussion: Betsy's Page