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11:30 PM ET, August 2, 2009


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Gryphen / The Immoral Minority:
Was it something I said?  —  As many of you are already aware I DID receive a notification from Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein yesterday.  It arrived in my e-mail in PDF form and you can read it over at the Alaska Report.  —  Now Van Flein is forcing me to make an admission …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Mommy, Why Does My Kindergarten Teacher Lie About Sarah Palin?’  —  (BUMPED; SEE UPDATE BELOW)  —  UPDATE 10:53 p.m.: The identification of “Gryphen” as Jesse Griffin, part-time kindergarten teacher at Trailside Elementary in Anchorage, is now confirmed.  And let me add an overdue thanks …
The Other McCain / The Greenroom:
Sarah Palin Needs to Help Conservative Bloggers So We Can Make Stuff Up, Too
Michelle Malkin:
When they can't attack the message...  ...they attack the messenger.  —  This is all they've got (vid at link if you can stomach it):  —  That's it.  Not a single refutation of a single fact in the book.  Bill Maher can't bring himself to open it and read what's in between the covers.  Why?
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Real Time: Bill Maher Mocks Malkin for Her New Book  —  Bill Maher goes after Michelle Malkin for already writing a book trashing Obama's Presidency only six months in, and has a bit of fun with Jonah Goldberg, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck in the process.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Pilot's Remains Found in Iraq After 18 Years  —  WASHINGTON — Navy officials announced early Sunday that Marines in western Anbar Province, Iraq, had found remains that have been positively identified as those of an American fighter pilot shot down in the opening hours of the first Gulf War in 1991.
CBS News:
Missing Gulf War Pilot's Remains ID'd
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections  —  Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
JOBLESS GRAD SUES COLLEGE FOR 70G TUITION  —  She has given new meaning to a class-action lawsuit.  —  Trina Thompson gave it the old college try, but couldn't find work.  Now she thinks her sheepskin wasn't worth her time, and is suing her alma mater for her money back.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Geithner Won't Rule Out New Taxes for Middle Class  —  To get the economy back on track, will President Barack Obama have to break his pledge not to raise taxes on 95 percent of Americans?  In a “This Week” exclusive, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told me, “We're going to have to do what's necessary.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Stimulus? W.H. may extend jobless aid
Discussion: The Note and Donklephant
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
How Did This Happen?  —  THE TIMES published an especially embarrassing correction on July 22, fixing seven errors in a single article — an appraisal of Walter Cronkite, the CBS anchorman famed for his meticulous reporting.  The newspaper had wrong dates for historic events …
Report: Iran plane was carrying arms for Hezbollah  —  Italian newspaper says plane crash north of Tehran which left 168 people dead was caused by explosion of fuses slated to be delivered to Lebanese organization.  According to report, members of Revolutionary Guards among casualties  —  Nir Magal
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Elizabeth Bluemink / Anchorage Daily News:
Lu Young, wife of Rep. Don Young, dies at 67  —  Congressman Don Young's wife, Lu Young, died overnight Saturday, according to his press secretary.  —  Lu Young was 67 years old.  She died after going to sleep at the Young's home in Great Falls, Va., apparently of natural causes …
Los Angeles Times:
Congress' own healthcare benefits: Membership has its privileges  —  Lawmakers can choose among several plans and get special treatment at federal medical facilities.  In 2008, taxpayers spent about $15 billion to insure 8.5 million federal workers and their dependents.  —  Too much, too fast, too expensive.
Michelle Malkin:
Yes, they are talking about a government takeover of health care  —  This video is spreading quickly across the Internet.  In their own words, via Naked Emperor News, here are Barack Obama, Jan Schakowsky, and Barney Frank exposing the true aim of the “public option.”
New York Times:
Two Sides Take Health Debate Outside Capital  —  WASHINGTON — With Republicans mobilizing against the proposed health care overhaul, President Obama, Congressional Democrats and leading advocacy groups are laying the groundwork for an August offensive against the insurance industry as part …
Discussion: Don Surber
Stirling Newberry / Firedoglake:
The Failure of Phantom Victory in Afghanistan  —  Escalation in Afghanistan means more military deaths, 9 coalition fatalities in 48 hours.  This is the war we did not fight, which has festered.  Iraq and Afghanistan were planned on the “1 1/2” conflict doctrine, that the US could face …
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Army Looking Into Monitoring of Protest Groups
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Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
The crafting of Obama's Cairo speech to world's Muslims
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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Branstad says he's weighing run for governor
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Agence France Presse:
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The Politico:
McCain: Obama flunks bipartisanship
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
White House Altering Health Pitch in Bid to Reinvigorate Obama's Signature Issue
Discussion: On Deadline