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10:25 AM ET, August 23, 2009

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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Garofalo: Tea Party Protesters ‘Functionally Retarded Adults’; Says ‘I Want My Country Back’ Code for ‘I Want My White Guy Back’  —  You probably already knew Jeanane Garofalo was no fan of conservatives, Republicans or just about anything that could be described as right of center.
Fox News:
‘Clunkers’ Program Benefits Foreign Automakers More, Data Shows  —  Smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles like the Toyota Corolla are top sellers, while buyers are trading in SUV's like the Ford Explorer to be scrapped, turning the already dwindling number of American car owners into the growing ranks of foreign car drivers.
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theblogprof:
Report From The Birmingham, MI Tea Party Protest - August 22, 2009  —  I took a few of my kids and headed down to Birmingham today, anticipating a good turnout at the tea party protest against unconstitutional government expansion.  I wasn't disappointed either.
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Paul Boerger / Mount Shasta Herald News RSS:
Web extra: Congressman Herger calls Obama plan ‘threat to democracy’  —  Republican Congressman Wally Herger held a health care town hall meeting Aug. 18 at Simpson University in Redding, where a partisan crowd of over 2,000 people loudly cheered Herger's position that a public option was “unacceptable.”
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Time to Get in the Ring  —  Though Obama's natural instinct is toward compromise, now's the time to fight on health-care reform. … The first duty of a political party in retreat is to find something its people can rally around, and saying no to Obamacare is working nicely for the Republicans.
Discussion: Don Surber and Redhot
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Guns of August  —  “IT is time to water the tree of liberty” said the sign carried by a gun-toting protester milling outside President Obama's town-hall meeting in New Hampshire two weeks ago.  The Thomas Jefferson quote that inspired this message, of course, said nothing about water …
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
2010 SENATE CAMPAIGN: Polls show potential GOP challengers would beat Harry Reid  —  Tarkanian claims early GOP lead  —  It's the highest stakes ever for a Nevada election, and former boxer Sen. Harry Reid is on the ropes early.  Either Republican Danny Tarkanian or Sue Lowden would knock …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Daschle Has the Ear of the White House and the Health Industry  —  WASHINGTON — Six months have passed since the morning when Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, under fire for not paying certain taxes, called President Obama in his study off the Oval Office to withdraw his nomination as health secretary and reform czar.
WorldNetDaily:
President Hannity?  Talker drops hint  —  Talk-show host says he won't rule out bid for White House  —  WASHINGTON - Talk-show host Sean Hannity, a vocal opponent of Barack Obama's policies, said today he would not rule out a bid for the presidency in 2012.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A Cul-de-Sac of Lost Dreams, and New Ones  —  MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — The rose bushes are back in bloom on Beth Court, but the lawns on the block remain parched and browning, reminders of the absent families who once tended to them.  —  On a recent evening, a new homeowner lugged …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Arthur Martin / Daily Mail:
An overdraft?  That'll be £200 at Lloyds TSB (but only £15 if you're a Muslim)  —  Many Lloyds TSB customers are being hit with charges of up to £200 a month if they go into the red - while Muslims who use the bank are only being charged £15.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
A Judgment Call That Comes Up A Bit Short  —  The first lady stepped off Air Force One during the Obama family's recent mini-vacation out West wearing a pair of moss-colored shorts.  They were not the kind of knee-grazing Bermudas or pedal pushers that the fashion industry has long advocated …
Gaby Hinsliff / Guardian:
Brown in new storm over Lockerbie bomber  —  • Talks with Gaddafi six weeks ago  —  • US campaign for Scottish boycott  —  Gordon Brown faced fresh questions tonight after it emerged that he discussed with Colonel Gaddafi detailed conditions for the Lockerbie bomber's return nearly six weeks ago …
Discussion: Macsmind and AMERICAblog News
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House Adds $2 Trillion to Deficit Forecasts
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