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10:55 PM ET, August 23, 2009

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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Lieberman: 'There's No Reason' To Deal With The Uninsured Until After The Recession  —  Last week, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), the most conservative member of the so-called bipartisan “Gang of Six” working on the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill, stated that he preferred that Congress deal with reform incrementally.
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Senator to actor: ‘Make my day’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut has a simple message for Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin: bring it on.  —  Asked Sunday on CNN's State of the Union about Baldwin's recent comments that he might move to Connecticut and mount …
New York Times:
The Uninsured  —  One of the major goals of health care reform is to cover the vast numbers of uninsured.  But how vast, really, is that pool of people?  Who are they?  And how important is it to cover all or most of them?  —  Critics play down the seriousness of the problem by pointing …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Less Than Half of Top Obama Appointees Are in Place  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still playing without most of his own team.  Seven months into his presidency, fewer than half of his top appointees are in place advancing his agenda.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Paul Krugman on “This Week”: “The Argument Against the Public Option is Sheer Nonsense”  —  Really great points made here, both by Robert Reich and Paul Krugman.  —  Reich notes that alienating your base while negotiating with yourself is a losing strategy (true, unless the administration's goal …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Reaction
New York Post:
PEEVED OBAMA TRUMPS PATERSON'S RACE CARD  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and MAGGIE HABERMAN in New York  —  President Obama's aides were so furious that Gov. Paterson dragged him into a rant about racism that they sent a message sharply criticizing the governor's comments just hours after he made them, The Post has learned.
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 …
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
‘Truth’ vs. ‘facts’ from America's media  —  Americans need the media to give us the truth in the healthcare debate.  —  T.S. Eliot was wrong.  August is the cruelest month.  As we head toward next month's congressional face-off on a national healthcare bill, the news media are infatuated with town hall meetings.
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Mullen: Afghanistan Is Deteriorating  —  WASHINGTON — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Sunday that the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated but the commanding general on the ground has not yet asked for more troops.  —  Speaking on CNN's “State of the Union …
Discussion: ChattahBox News Blog
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George Rush / NY Daily News:
Outed blogger blames model for ‘skank’ stink  —  Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the blogger who anonymously scorned a model as a “ho” and a “skank,” igniting a legal and media maelstrom.  —  Speaking out for the first time since a court order forced Google to reveal her identity …
Matt Welch / New York Post:
THE REAL REASON AMERICANS ARE ANGRY  —  IT'S THE BIG GOVERNMENT, STUPID  —  It's been a hilarious August, watching media supporters of President Obama's health care package puzzle over the obscure motivations of the noncompliant Americans rallying against it.  —  “Racial anxiety,” guessed New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Gaby Hinsliff / Guardian:
Brown faces new Megrahi questions  —  • 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 …
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Ruth Wedgwood / Forbes:
Releasing Al-Megrahi Bodes Ill
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Marine goes nuclear on Democrat over ObamaCare  —  Via, er, HotAirPundit, red meat courtesy of the good folks who hijacked our last thread.  The Democrat in question is Brian “Brown Shirts” Baird, thus the pounding he takes here is extra gratifying.  Not sure I follow the Marine's point …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Conyers looks vulnerable in 2010 reelection poll
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
McCain Defends Palin on Obamacare Claims
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
McCain Says Public Option Must Be Dropped for Compromise
Discussion: Prescriptions and Balloon Juice
Amie Parnes / Politico Live's Blog:
Conrad: Congress can't pass two different health care bills
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Swine Flu Campaign Waits on Vaccine
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Intimidation and Fraud Observed in Afghan Election
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Don't Let the Stimulus Lose Its Spark
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Obama vacations where the elite meet
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