August 27th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: August 27, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Obama to eulogize Kennedy at Boston church
Services for Sen. Edward Kennedy will be Saturday morning at a Boston church before his burial in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, his office announced Wednesday.

CNN: Ted Kennedy, 'Lion of the Senate,' helped shape American politics
After a losing presidential campaign, it became clear to Edward "Ted" Kennedy that his true calling was to help shape the country's political future from the U.S. Senate.

CNN: Is Camelot's future in Obama's hands?
The young senator inspired a new generation of voters with his message of change and extended America's hand to the global community in an effort to promote a different kind of diplomacy.

CNN: Run-ins, heart-to-hearts and laughs with Ted Kennedy
Sen. Ted Kennedy left a mark not only on history, but also on the lives of the those he encountered during his nearly 50 years in public service.

CNN: Obama calls Kennedy 'greatest U.S. senator of our time'
A sampling of reactions to the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at age 77:

CNN: Death gives Massachusetts 1st open Senate seat in decades
As Americans paused Wednesday to remember the extraordinary life of Sen. Edward Kennedy, political observers also took note of a rare development caused by his passing.

CNN: Kennedy's seat may remain empty for months
It may be months before Edward Kennedy's Senate seat is filled, following his death at the age of 77 on Tuesday.

CNN: VA to apologize for mistaken Lou Gehrig's disease notices
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it will apologize to veterans who were mistakenly told they'd been diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition.

CNN: Sanford fights back against call for resignation
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford forcefully rejected his lieutenant governor's request that he resign for the good of the state, telling reporters Wednesday: "I am not going to be railroaded out of this office by political opponents or folks that were never fans of mine in the first place."

CNN: GOP group launches first attack ad against Creigh Deeds
A Republican political action committee launched the first negative ads of the Virginia gubernatorial race on Wednesday, accusing Democrat Creigh Deeds of supporting wasteful government spending.

New York Times: Loss of Health Care Champion Creates Uncertainty
The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has quickly become a rallying point for Democratic advocates of a broad health care overhaul, a signature Kennedy issue that became mired in partisanship while he fought his illness away from the Capitol.

New York Times: Alleged Drug Ties of Top Afghan Official Worry U.S.
It was a heated debate during the Bush administration: What to do about evidence that Afghanistan’s powerful defense minister was involved in drug trafficking? Officials from the time say they needed him to help run the troubled country. So the answer, in the end: look the other way.

Washington Post: Democrats Vow To Return Money From Financier
Just 11 months ago, Hassan Nemazee ranked as one of the Democratic Party's premier money men - hosting a $28,500-a-head fundraiser in his luxurious home on New York's Upper East Side for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Washington Post: Cooperatives' Record Is Up for Debate
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), a pivotal lawmaker in the health-care debate, wants to deliver coverage to the uninsured by starting up new cooperatives modeled on rural electric cooperatives that were founded during the Great Depression.

Boston Globe: Essay: For a mother, Kennedy connection ran deep
I have three discernible memories of my sixth year. One is watching TV; Bob Gibson is pumping strike three past George Scott in the 1967 World Series. Another is my first trip to Fenway, with my dad, the next season (Sox 12, Yankees 2!). And the third is sitting in the cramped kitchen of our cluttered raised ranch on a June morning, trying to understand why my mother is crying.

Christian Science Monitor: Three speeches that defined the ‘Lion of the Senate’
Along with a legislative record of historic scope, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts will be remembered for a legacy of words that glowed, at least in public.

Anchorage Daily News: Palin billed as event speaker but she's not showing up
Organizers of an Anchorage event that has been billing Sarah Palin for weeks as a star speaker were left scrambling Wednesday after learning that the former governor won't be there for tonight's event and claims to have never been asked.

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CNN: Society crime writer Dominick Dunne dies at 83
Dominick Dunne, the former Hollywood producer and best-selling author known for his Vanity Fair essays on the courtroom travails of the rich and famous, died Wednesday in New York city after a long battle with cancer.

CNN: U.S. negotiating with Libya on Gadhafi's New Jersey campout
The State Department said Wednesday it continues to talk to Libyan officials about next month's visit to the New York area by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

CNN: Teen offenders find a future in Missouri
Getting arrested for stealing cars after his 16th birthday may be the best thing that ever happened to Terrence Barkley.

CNN: Feds seizure of baseball players' drug tests ruled illegal
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that federal investigators' seizure of drug-test results of more than 90 major league baseball players five years ago was illegal.

CNN: Wikipedia: No longer the Wild West?
Today's Internet is governed by the idea that crowds of people can create the news, share information and collaborate on online projects.

CNN: Military examines battle policy of moving wounded within 1 hour
The U.S. military in Afghanistan may be rethinking its so-called "golden hour" policy of evacuating wounded troops off the battlefield to major trauma centers within 60 minutes of being injured, an official said Wednesday.

Washington Post: Mayhem Crosses the Border With Informers
José Daniel González was living the sweet life in America. He bought the $365,000 two-story Mediterranean with the tile roof and swimming pool. He started a trucking company, was raising a family. But on a Friday night in May, he was executed in his front yard - eight shots, tight pattern, close range.

USA TODAY: Foreclosure guilt haunts home buyers
Right about now, Anya Sanko should be enjoying the thrill of being a first-time home buyer. She bided her time, saved her money and jumped into the market in time to snap up a 1,785-square-foot home with a pool for $143,000.

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CNN: Taiwan allows Dalai visit for typhoon victims
Taiwan said Thursday that it will allow a visit by the Dalai Lama to pray for the victims of the typhoon-battered island.

CNN: Video shows purported atrocities in Sri Lanka conflict
Naked, bound and blindfolded, a crudely shot video shows a man being pushed to the ground by men wearing what appear to be military, camouflage fatigues.

CNN: Karzai maintains lead in Afghan vote count
Afghan President Hamid Karzai leads his rivals as votes are counted in the country's presidential election, election officials announced Wednesday.

CNN: Interpol warrants for Pakistani militants
Interpol has issued alerts for at least two Pakistani Islamists wanted by India for last year's terror strikes in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

CNN: Honduras government balks at accord
The government of de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti is not ready to sign a proposed agreement to end the country's ongoing political crisis, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno said in Honduras.

New York Times: Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks
Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program and trace its origins and purpose, exposing serious weaknesses in the world’s digital infrastructure.

Washington Post: Japanese Voters Eager for Change
Japanese voters are on the brink of doing something they have not been willing to do in more than half a century: throw the bums out.

Washington Post: U.S.-Colombia Deal Prompts Questions
On a recent sweltering day, Colombian fighter jets took to the sky from this country's most important air base, while mechanics remounted the engine of a medical evacuation plane.

Wall Street Journal: Economic Crisis Strikes at Irish Heartland
A key gauge of Ireland's economic health isn't found in the island nation's business districts or trading floors, but on the football fields of the rural west, where rosters of amateur clubs are getting so thin that villages are struggling to find talented players to field 15-person teams.

Wall Street Journal: Taliban Punish Voters in Wake of Afghan Election
The Taliban are attempting to exact revenge on Afghan voters and disrupt the ballot count - part of a campaign to exploit the political uncertainty after last week's presidential election and try to undermine the results.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Windshields to wine glasses: What happens to Clunkers
Next time you're sipping your favorite wine, examine the glass closely: If it's thick and greenish, it might have been the windshield of an old, junked car.

CNN: Microsoft apologizes for gaffe in online ad
Software giant Microsoft apologized Wednesday for the apparent bad judgment that led to the head of a black model being swapped for that of a white model in an online advertisement.

New York Times: Adjustable Mortgages Loom as Threat to Housing Recovery
When Harvey Clavon took out an exotic mortgage to refinance his home in Santa Clarita, Calif., three years ago, he thought he knew what he was doing.

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CNN: FBI searching for bank robber
CNN's Kyra Phillips reports on the FBI's search for a man who allegedly robbed 10 banks in four states.

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