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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Doctors' Group Opposes Public Insurance Plan  —  WASHINGTON — As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop Socialized Health Care  —  Five arguments Republicans must make.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It was a sobering breakfast with one of the smartest Republicans on Capitol Hill.  We can fix a lot of bad stuff President Barack Obama might do, he told me.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AMA Opposing Public Option  —  I've been touting the inclusion of a robust public health insurance option as the best tool in our quiver for improving the efficiency of our health care system—slowing the growth in costs without reducing growth in quality.  Needless to say …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems vs. Dems on health bill  —  President Barack Obama's plan for a government health insurance program has touched off an increasingly fierce Democratic civil war on Capitol Hill, as liberals fearful about squandering the chance to achieve that goal are taking aggressive steps to keep moderates in line.
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Debbie Schlussel:
So What if Holocaust Museum Shooter is White Christian: We Know Who Crescented, er . . . Created This Atmosphere; 9/11 Truther  —  Much is being made by Muslims and their many defenders on the left—and the ignoramus “conservatives” at Hot Air (who lecture us that hate has no ideological bounds …
NY Daily News:
Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn's ex-wife says his racism ‘ate him alive’  —  BY RICH SCHAPIRO IN NEW YORK AND JAMES GORDON MEEK IN ANNAPOLIS, MD.  —  He was a twisted kook with a toxic hatred for Jews and blacks who vowed to go out “with his boots on.”
Washington Post:
A Suspect's Long History of Hate, and Signs of Strain  —  James W. von Brunn was growing despondent.  —  John de Nugent, an acquaintance who describes himself as a white separatist, noticed the change when they last spoke two weeks ago.  —  “He said his Social Security had been cut and that he was barely making it,” de Nugent said.
Kathy Shaidle / Examiner:
Holocaust Museum shooter von Brunn a 9/11 ‘truther’ …
Michelle Malkin:
Shooting at National Holocaust Museum Updated: Museum guard dies …
Andy Ostroy / The Huffington Post:
The Holocaust Museum Shooting: Another Right-Wing Psycho Turns to Murder.
Discussion: American Power
Josh Rottenberg / EW.com:
David Letterman responds to flap over Sarah Palin jokes  —  Taping tonight's episode of The Late Show, David Letterman took a few minutes to respond to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him “pathetic” in a radio interview after he made her and her family the butt of a recent Top 10 list.
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Don Surber:
Why the left ridicules women  —  Too many American liberals cannot handle a strong, good-looking, intelligent, independent woman who disagrees with them — and so they make the crude, cruel and sexist remarks — including those about raping them or their 14-year-old daughters.
Fox News:
Letterman Stops Short of Apologizing for Off-Color Jokes About …
Discussion: Say Anything
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Aging man, 62, jokes about girl, 14 (Letterman on Willow Palin) update
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Letterman On “Slut” Remark: “I Kinda Like That Joke”
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election  —  Virginia Governor: Deeds (D) 47%, McDonnell (R) 41%  —  Newly chosen Democratic gubernatorial nominee R. Creigh Deeds leads his Republican opponent, former Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, by six points in the first poll of Virginia voters released since Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pelosi loses up to $1 million on AIG investment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not immune to market fluctuations, according to her personal financial disclosure report, filed last month.  —  The disclosures, which were accidentally made public this week before the scheduled Friday release …
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Washington Post:
Top House Members Disclose Investments in Bailed-Out Firms
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and ProPublica
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
What If Israel Strikes Iran?  —  The mullahs would retaliate.  But things would be much worse if they had the bomb.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Whatever the outcome of Iran's presidential election tomorrow, negotiations will not soon — if ever — put an end to its nuclear threat.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Roseanne Barr Denounces Obama On Leftist Radio Program  —  NO HOLDS BARR-ED  —  Roseanne: 'Everybody's On The (Obama) Kool-Aid'  —  Now that he's in office, should dedicated Obamists support the president even as key campaign promises are broken and empty rhetoric becomes the order of the day?
Discussion: Wake up America
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran Awakens Yet Again  —  TEHRAN — They're calling it the “green tsunami,” a transformative wave unfurling down the broad avenues of the Iranian capital.  Call it what you will, but the city is agog at the campaign of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the reformist candidate seeking …
Discussion: Commentary
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Haaretz:
Netanyahu's speech: Yes to road map, no to settlement freeze  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce in his foreign policy speech scheduled for Sunday the adoption of the road map and the “two-state solution” for settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to sources close to the prime minister.
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Likud MKs: Leave 2 states out of speech
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Financial Times:
US bond yields spark concern  —  By Michael Mackenzie and Kiran Stacey in New York and David Oakley in London  —  US long-term interest rates continued to push psychologically important levels on Thursday morning as investors worried about the level of national debt and whether …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING IS BECOMING A PROBLEM FOR OBAMA?  Well, there's the poll showing a sizable plurality in favor of cancelling the stimulus spending.  And there's the dead-even generic Congressional ballot.  —  But the biggest indicator is that Obama's …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson  —  More and more Democrats are ready to vote against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's climate change bill, according to a congressional committee chairman who opposes his leader.  —  The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Down on Their Own Party  —  Almost 4 out of 10 Republicans have unfavorable image of their party  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Almost 4 out of 10 (38%) Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have an unfavorable opinion of their own party, while just 7% of Democrats …
Jennifer Liberto / CNNMoney.com:
E-mail shows Fed strong-armed BofA  —  A day before Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis is due on Capitol Hill, e-mails detail the pressure the Fed put on BofA to complete its merger with Merrill Lynch.  —  WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis heads to Capitol Hill on Thursday …
Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance
Associated Press:
WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun  —  Long-awaited announcement signals first global epidemic in 41 years  —  GENEVA - The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.
Discussion: Free exchange
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime  —  Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer each spent more than $140,000 in taxpayer money on travel in the first half of the fiscal year — roughly 10 times as much as some of their thriftier colleagues.  —  Cornyn, a Republican, racked up the highest travel bill …
Discussion: HotMES
 
 
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Go with the Flow  —  This story from Le Journal de Montréal …
Washington Post:
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
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Guardian:
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