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8:20 PM ET, August 30, 2009


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Fox News:
RAW DATA: Transcript of Cheney on ‘FOX News Sunday’  —  The following is a transcript of former Vice President Dick Cheney on “FOX News Sunday.”  —  —  CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Mr. Vice President, welcome back to “FOX News Sunday.”  —  RICHARD CHENEY, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Chris Wallace, A Teenage Girl Interviewing The Jonas Brothers  —  Here are the tough and penetrating questions asked by Chris Wallace of a man whose critics accuse of war crimes, and whose administration presided over the death of over a hundred prisoners in interrogation …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and Emptywheel
Washington Post:
Ex-Intelligence Officials Cite Low Spirits at CIA  —  IG Report's Release, Looming Investigation Into Detainee Interrogations Blamed  —  Morale has sagged at the CIA following the release of additional portions of an inspector general's review of the agency's interrogation program …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Wallace defends torture, snidely says it's ‘purely coincidental’ U.S. hasn't been attacked since 9/11.  —  In an interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace that aired on Fox News Sunday this morning, Vice President Cheney adamantly defended the Bush administration's torture policies.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Cheney digs in  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered …
Discussion: RedState
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: Torture probe ‘offends hell out of me’
The Texas Observer:
“We Hate the United States”: Secessionists rally at Capitol while Perry stays home  —  Perhaps the most notable thing about the “Sovereignty or Secession” rally at the state Capitol today was the absence of any remotely mainstream speakers.  That little problem in presentation did not escape …
Now! Hampshire:
Shea-Porter Instructs Security to Remove a Former Peace Officer from Town Hall  —  In four short years Carol Shea-Porter has evolved from a rabble-rousing, town hall disrupting anti-war activist who once had to be forcibly removed from a President George Bush event in Portsmouth to a Member …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Shea-Porter has constituent arrested at town-hall forum
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Va. Candidate McDonnell Says Views Changed Since He Wrote Thesis  —  Va. GOP Candidate Wrote on Women, Marriage and Gays  —  At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master's thesis …
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress  —  If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Enough is enough, Harry  —  Stop the childish bullying  —  This newspaper traces its roots to before Las Vegas was Las Vegas.  —  We've seen cattle ranches give way to railroads.  We chronicled the construction of Hoover Dam.  We reported on the first day of legalized gambling.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Former first daughter Jenna Bush joins ‘Today’  —  NEW YORK — NBC's “Today” show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent — former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager.  —  Hager, a 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, will contribute stories about once a month on issues …
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker and Mediaite
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN ON THE TEEVEE.... When I saw that John McCain was going to be on “Face the Nation,” I assumed it was simply to reflect on Ted Kennedy's legacy in the Senate.  It wasn't. … It's a very weak argument, but it nevertheless offers us another chance to ask why John McCain is making yet another Sunday morning show appearance.
New York Times:
Majority Rule on Health Care Reform  —  The talk in Washington is that Senate Democrats are preparing to push through health care reforms using parliamentary procedures that will allow a simple majority to prevail in their chamber, as it does in the House, instead of the 60 votes needed …
Looking at the Left:
Organizing for America Bus Tour: Manufacturing Consent  —  Denver - August 29 2009 - The Obama administration has sent out Organizing for America - the successor organization of Obama for America, Obama's campaign organization - to drum up support for his unpopular Obamacare initiative.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BEATS ME.... Kevin Drum recommends we take a moment to get “back to basics.” … Reading this, it reminded me just how challenging the right's sales pitch was going into the debate over reform.  In some ways, conservatives couldn't possibly win the argument — the status quo is ridiculous.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Assembles Metrics to Weigh Progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan  —  The White House has assembled a list of about 50 measurements to gauge progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan as it tries to calm rising public and congressional anxiety about its war strategy.
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José M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
TED, WE HARDLY KNEW YE: Javier Rupérez — Spain's ambassador …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Kennedy ‘expected more of us’ on health care, Dodd says
‘Tea Party Express’ Takes Protests Cross-Country
Los Angeles Times:
10,000 homes are threatened  —  Across the burning foothills, 1,000 are ordered to flee.
Discussion: On Deadline
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Reforming regulatory benefit-cost analysis
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Who Could Have Foreseen The Housing Bubble Collapse? …
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Micah Zenko / Los Angeles Times:
Israel has Iran in its sights
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Jesse Lee / Blog:
Eulogy for a Lion  —  Viewing this video requires Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher.
Discussion: Gothamist
New York Post:
Discussion: Don Surber and NY Daily News
Joseph Finder / Wall Street Journal:
Books on Political Conspiracy