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1:20 PM ET, August 30, 2009


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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 …
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Lawyers Mine Documents for Truth
Discussion: Balkinization
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 …
Jason Allardyce / Times of London:
Lockerbie bomber ‘set free for oil’  —  The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.
Times of London:
Secret letters reveal Labour's Libyan deal
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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.
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.
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
All The Senator's Women … From the magazine issue dated Sep 7, 2009  —  The city editor at a small daily in Iowa sent a reporter out last week to gather reminiscences of Senator Kennedy.  “Be sure to ask about Chappaquiddick,” he said, a request that drew a blank look.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Redhot
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
No Government Health Care!  (Except for Mine.)  —  “We need to protect Medicare,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele exhorted last week, “and not cut it in the name of ‘health-insurance reform.’ ” It was a rousing defense of government-run health care from the . . . conservative chairman of the GOP.
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.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Students Get New Assignment: Pick Books You Like  —  JONESBORO, Ga. — For years Lorrie McNeill loved teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Harper Lee classic that many Americans regard as a literary rite of passage.  —  But last fall, for the first time in 15 years, Ms. McNeill, 42, did not assign “Mockingbird” — or any novel.
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 …
Geoff Garin / Washington Post:
GOP Should Move on Health-Care Reform in Ted Kennedy's Memory
Discussion: Eduwonk
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, which was Obama's campaign organization, to drum up support for his unpopular Obamacare initiative.
New York Post:
LI ‘OBAMA CARE’ PLOY IN ROBBERY  —  Three people posed as insurance agents hawking President Obama's health-care reform plan to gain entry to a Long Island home, where they pistol-whipped, shot and robbed two women and a man, authorities said.  —  Vance Jackson, 46, of Yonkers …
Discussion: Don Surber and NY Daily News
Micah Zenko / Los Angeles Times:
Israel has Iran in its sights  —  Unless Tehran responds to by late September to international proposals on its nuclear program, history strongly suggests the Israelis will act alone.  —  Iran has until late September to respond to the latest international proposal aimed at stopping …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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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? …
Jesse Lee / Blog:
Eulogy for a Lion  —  (President Barack Obama attends …
Discussion: Gothamist
Joseph Finder / Wall Street Journal:
Books on Political Conspiracy
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Family, leaders pay final tribute to Kennedy
Discussion: Althouse
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Look to the Rainbow  —  When Jack Kennedy learned on a May morning …
Discussion: Open Left
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
South Carolina Republican Lawmakers Consider Asking Sanford to Resign, or Else
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weekly remarks: President Obama and Sen. Mike Enzi
Discussion: Don Surber and Raw Story
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: Dems task Teddy's grandson with leading funeral …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Democrats Seem Forgetful on Senate Appointments
Discussion: Don Surber