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9:05 AM ET, August 30, 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 …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
An Alternative for Accountability on Torture: A Presidential Commission
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TBogg
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Acknowledging the Obvious  —  Is the mainstream media coming around?
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
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  —  DURING the past year a small ship bristling with computers and seismic equipment has been crisscrossing the Gulf of Sidra, in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast.  Its mission: to help to find BP's next offshore oilfields.
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Family, leaders pay final tribute to Kennedy
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Monthly
Geoff Garin / Washington Post:
GOP Should Move on Health-Care Reform in Ted Kennedy's Memory
Discussion: Eduwonk
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Goodbye to ‘a kind and tender hero’
SusanG / Daily Kos:   President Obama's eulogy for Ted Kennedy
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama eulogy: Kennedy ‘Happy Warrior’
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.
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 …
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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.
Discussion: On Deadline, Jezebel and Eschaton
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
South Carolina Republican Lawmakers Consider Asking Sanford to Resign, or Else  —  ATLANTA — Republican lawmakers in South Carolina are considering asking Gov. Mark Sanford to resign or face likely impeachment as a state investigation continues into his travel records after an extramarital affair.
Discussion: The Politico
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
Scott Shane / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Lawyers Mine Documents for Truth  —  WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2003, long before Abu Ghraib or secret prisons became part of the American vocabulary, a pair of recently hired lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union noticed a handful of news reports about allegations of abuse of prisoners in American custody.
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Look to the Rainbow  —  When Jack Kennedy learned on a May morning …
Discussion: Open Left
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