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11:25 AM ET, August 30, 2009


 Top Items: 
Times of London:
Secret letters reveal Labour's Libyan deal
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Emptywheel
Scott Shane / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Lawyers Mine Documents for Truth
Discussion: Balkinization
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: Redhot
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 …
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.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Doug Ross
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
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: Jezebel, On Deadline and Eschaton
Jesse Lee / Blog:
Eulogy for a Lion  —  (President Barack Obama attends the funeral mass for Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of  —  Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009.  —  Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)  —  The President's full remarks …
Discussion: Gothamist
Steven Ertelt / Pro-Life Headlines:
Terri Schiavo's Father Robert Schindler Dies, Pro-Life Group Mourns His Death  —  St. Petersburg, FL ( — Robert Schindler, the father of Terri Schiavo, whose former husband subjected her to a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death, died overnight.
Joseph Finder / Wall Street Journal:
Books on Political Conspiracy  —  These novels on political conspiracy are worth investigating, says Joseph Finder  —  1. It Can't Happen Here  —  A charismatic Democratic senator who speaks in “noble but slippery ­abstractions” is elected president, in a groundswell of cultish adoration …
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Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
A Missing Ingredient in Health-Care Coverage
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
 Earlier Items: 
Geoff Garin / Washington Post:
GOP Should Move on Health-Care Reform in Ted Kennedy's Memory
Discussion: Eduwonk
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
An Alternative for Accountability on Torture: A Presidential Commission
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TBogg
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weekly remarks: President Obama and Sen. Mike Enzi
Discussion: Raw Story and Don Surber
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Democrats Seem Forgetful on Senate Appointments
Discussion: Don Surber
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Real Time: Bill Moyers on Health Care as a Human Right
Washington Post:
How a Detainee Became An Asset