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11:00 AM ET, August 31, 2009


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
It's time to embrace American royalty  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  We're obviously hungry to live with royal and aristocratic families so we should really just go ahead and formally declare it: … They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager …
Jules Crittenden:
American Royalty  —  The lefty sockpuppet also known as Glenn Greenwald is right.  This nation might as well embrace royalty and be done with it.  The only part I don't get, is how he can get snarky about the fact that Jenna Bush just got a part-time TV gig, without once mentioning …
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Senate field hinges on Kennedy decision  —  With Massachusetts having paid its final respects to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the politics of succession begins in earnest this week - candidates will emerge, a race will take shape, and the Kennedy clan will have to reveal whether it wants to keep the seat in the family.
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Cheney Offers Sharp Defense of C.I.A. Interrogation Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday sharply criticized the Obama administration's decision to investigate the abuse of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency as he delivered a forceful defense …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Cheney calls the Dems soft on defense
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Reaction
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HURTING DICK CHENEY'S FEELINGS.... Dick Cheney offered quite …
Discussion: The Foundry, The Plum Line and Eschaton
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin gets 1,070+ invitations  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this week will begin accepting and rejecting the more than 1,070 invitations she has received for paid speeches and political appearances since she resigned as Alaska governor, aides said.  —  Twenty speakers' bureaus made offers to represent her.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Associated Press:
Sarah Palin plans first trip to Asia  —  Former Alaska governor set for initial commercial speaking engagement  —  HONG KONG - Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, once questioned about her lack of foreign policy experience, will make her first trip to Asia in September.
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level  —  WASHINGTON — Former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge, speaking for the first time about accusations made in his new book, says he did not mean to suggest that other top Bush administration officials were playing politics …
Bruce Bartlett / The New Majority:
Why I Am Anti-Republican  —  I got an e-mail from a prominent Republican asking why I am so anti-Republican these days.  Since many of my friends ask the same thing I thought I would share my reply:  —  I think the party got seriously on the wrong track during the George W. Bush years, as I explained in my Impostor book.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
AFL-CIO, Dems push new Wall Street tax  —  The nation's largest labor union and some allied Democrats are pushing a new tax that would hit big investment firms such as Goldman Sachs reaping billions of dollars in profits while the rest of the economy sputters.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Bloomberg:   Wall Street Stealth Lobby Defends $35 Billion Derivatives Haul
Zachery Kouwe / New York Times:
As Big Banks Repay Bailout Money, U.S. Sees a Profit  —  Nearly a year after the federal rescue of the nation's biggest banks, taxpayers have begun seeing profits from the hundreds of billions of dollars in aid that many critics thought might never be seen again.
Gateway Pundit:
Pro-Obamacare Tea Party Crasher SMASHES ATTENDEE In the Face With His Elbow & Disrupts Meeting (Video)  —  More Hope & Change—  Barack Obama gave his marching orders: … His supporters followed through...  But, don't expect the state-run media to report on this.
Tea Party Express cruises through Nevada
Discussion: Firedoglake and NPR
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Blue Chip, White Cotton: What Underwear Says About the Economy  —  For one answer to the nation's most pressing economic question — when will the recession end? — just take a peek inside the American man's underwear drawer.  —  There may be some new pairs there, judging by recent reports …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Fighting Health Care Overhaul, and Proud of It  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Senator Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who predicted that President Obama's effort to overhaul the health care system would become his “Waterloo,” is doing his best to make that happen.
Anthony H. Cordesman / Washington Post:
A Chance to Avoid Defeat in Afghanistan  —  The United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan in the next three months — any form of even limited victory will take years of further effort.  It can, however, easily lose the war.  I did not see any simple paths to victory while serving …
George F. Will / Newsweek:
An Ivy League Huey Long  —  Washington is seriously unserious.  —  From the magazine issue dated Sep 7, 2009  —  In August our ubiquitous president became the nation's elevator music, always out and about, heard but not really listened to, like audible wallpaper.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Howard M. Brandston / Wall Street Journal:
Save the Light Bulb!  —  Compact fluorescents don't produce good quality light.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will effectively phase out incandescent light bulbs by 2012-2014 in favor of compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Missing Richard Nixon  —  Many of the retrospectives on Ted Kennedy's life mention his regret that he didn't accept Richard Nixon's offer of a bipartisan health care deal.  The moral some commentators take from that regret is that today's health care reformers should do what Mr. Kennedy balked …
Discussion: Balkinization
Wall Street Journal:
Obama vs. Honduran Democracy  —  The Obama administration is using its brass knuckles to support Latin American thugs.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If the Obama administration were a flotilla of ships, it might be sending out an SOS right about now.  ObamaCare has hit the political equivalent of an iceberg.
Discussion: Commentary and Fausta's Blog
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Keep your self-righteous fingers off my processed food  —  By demanding we all pay more to fund their agendas in these harsh economic times, foodie snobs and lefty social critics may as well tell us to eat artisanal cake.  —  Just in time for the worst economic downturn since the Depression …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and La Vida Locavore
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Carol E. Lee / Politico Live's Blog:
Dodd says Obama needs to ‘step up’
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Charlie Crist Lite
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
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Remnants of Iraq Air Force Are Found
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Boston Globe: Now That Ted's Out of the Way, Hurry Up With That Cape Cod Wind Farm
Discussion: Boston Globe and RedState