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12:05 AM ET, August 24, 2009

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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 …
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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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Military Says Its Force in Afghanistan Is Insufficient  —  BAGRAM, Afghanistan — American military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Obama's chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operate across borders.
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Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Mullen: Afghanistan Is Deteriorating
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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: The Reaction and TalkLeft
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
McCain Defends Palin on Obamacare Claims  —  In his first comments on Sarah Palin's “death panel” claims, John McCain is standing by his former running mate.  —  Sort of...  He doesn't like the phrase “death panels,” but he defended the substance of Palin's charge, saying the Democrats …
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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Gilad Halpern / Haaretz:
Pro-Israel group: Obama settlements policy backs ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Jews
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Conyers looks vulnerable in 2010 reelection poll
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Joseph Berger / New York Times:
McCain Says Public Option Must Be Dropped for Compromise
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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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Israel hits back over Swedish organ harvesting article
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