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9:15 PM ET, August 6, 2009


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Sotomayor Confirmed by Senate, 68-31  —  WASHINGTON — Voting largely along party lines, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th justice of the Supreme Court.  She will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the court.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Hispanic Votes Not Swaying GOP on Sotomayor
The Note:
Franken Presides over Sotomayor Vote
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
The Huffington Post:
Unions To Take On Conservative Groups Health Care Town Halls  —  The nation's largest federation of labor organizations has promised to directly engage with boisterous conservative protesters at Democratic town halls during the August recess.  —  In a memo sent out on Thursday …
Moe Lane / Moe_Lane's blog:
Behold those scary, scary swastika-bearing astroturfers.  —  (Brief summary for those lacking video: Dallas AARP meeting went wrong for organizers when participants refused to sit down, shut up, and applaud Democratic talking points.  Organizers then left; meeting continued.)
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Was Pelosi So Wrong About Swastikas?  —  As you may have heard by now, the United States Speaker of the House, the number two most powerful elected federal official, Nancy Pelosi, has accused the protesters at Democrat healthcare town halls of carrying swastikas:
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Pelosi: Town Hall Protesters Are “Carrying Swastikas”
Michael Andersen / Columbian:
Baird fears foes may plan ‘ambush’
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
‘Punkin’ the Birthers: Priceless'  —  It's looking more and more like the forged “Kenyan birth certificate” released by Orly Taitz on Sunday was a prank by a supporter of President Obama.  Politijab points to an anonymous blogger at FearlessBlogging, who has uploaded four photos of the original forgery and a mocking declaration:
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TPMDC
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
After 6 Months, More View Obama's Presidency as a ‘Failure’ Than Bush's  —  A rather surprising finding from the newly released CNN poll.  Question three on the national survey of 1,136 adults (which includes an oversample of African-Americans) asks, “Do you consider the first six months …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Health Care Generation Gap
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THEY ALREADY HAVE THEIR CARE.... The CNN poll released yesterday found …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Whose Swastikas, Speaker Pelosi?  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Greetings to you, music lovers, thrill-seekers and conversationalists all across the fruited plain.  Welcome to the leader.  I am the Mobfather Rush Limbaugh here at the Excellence in Broadcasting Network and the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Obama as The Joker: Racial Fear's Ugly Face  —  ‘Political’ Poster Turns On Violent Symbolism  —  Between Jack Nicholson's 1989 portrayal of the Joker in “Batman” and Heath Ledger's 2008 characterization in “The Dark Knight,” something sinister happened to the villain's iconic makeup.
Washington Times:
White House: ‘War on terrorism’ is over  —  ‘Jihadists’ and ‘global war’ no longer acceptable terms  —  It's official.  The U.S. is no longer engaged in a “war on terrorism.”  Neither is it fighting “jihadists” or in a “global war.”  —  President Obama's top homeland security …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Anchor Rips Into Health Care CEO Who's Funding Anti-Reform Effort  —  A CNN anchor today tore down Rick Scott, the founder of an organization that's been funding anti-health care reform protests and the former CEO of a hospital company that, as Sanchez pointed out, paid $1.7 billion …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Reid: GOP ‘run by a talk show host’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched his harshest attack on the Republican Party in months, claiming the GOP is “being run by a talk show host.”  —  Reid, armed with a patch of Astroturf, slammed Republicans for sponsoring town hall attacks …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
WH to Dems: Punch back twice as hard
Discussion: The Reaction
U.S. Official: ‘Strong Indications’ Pakistani Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud is Dead  —  U.S., Pakistani Officials Awaiting DNA Tests for “100 Percent” Confirmation  —  “There is strong indication” that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a CIA drone strike that targeted …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama's dissident database could be secret — and permanent  —  The White House request that members of the public report anyone who is spreading “disinformation” about the proposed national health care makeover could lead to a White House database of political opponents that will be both secret …
Michelle Malkin:
Revolt against AARP in Dallas: “Do you work for us or do we work for you?”  —  Watch the senior citizen “hooligans” and “civic vigilantes” in Dallas question a condescending AARP representative about Obamacare.  Dues-paying members are speaking up about the organization's sellout of its members — and the AARP brass is not happy.
Pew Research Center:
Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate  —  Partisan Divide Over Coverage of “Birther” Allegations  —  As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.
Business Week:
The Health Insurers Have Already Won  —  How UnitedHealth and rival carriers, maneuvering behind the scenes in Washington, shaped health-care reform for their own benefit  —  As the health reform fight shifts this month from a vacationing Washington to congressional districts and local airwaves around …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Clunkers Plan Deflates Mechanics  —  WASHINGTON — Who doesn't like the government's “cash for clunkers” program?  Your mechanic, for one.  —  Owners of automotive repair shops say the program to help invigorate sales of new cars is succeeding at their expense.
Discussion: Lean Left, AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Israel resents Fatah Arafat accusation
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
An Intelligence Briefing From The DNI
Clinton: Iran ‘is afraid of its own people’
Discussion: Commentary
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Obama ratings may be aiding GOP in Virginia
Discussion: RedState
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: New Jersey Governor
New York Times:
White House Has Difficulty Measuring Afghan Progress
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul: Obama ‘deserves an F’
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Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
Secret mission to expose L. Ron Hubbard as a fake
Discussion: UN Dispatch
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Guns of August  —  Jon Cohn says he's “been obsessing …