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10:55 AM ET, August 6, 2009


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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Pelosi: Town Hall Protesters Are “Carrying Swastikas”  —  Nancy Pelosi claims protesters are “carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare.”  VIDEO: Man At Town Hall: “You Need To Get The Government The Hell Out Of Our Way” VIDEO: DNC Web Ad Attacks Protesters …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Think Progress, MSNBC ‘Manufacture’ a Story With Putative Smoking Gun ‘Mob’ Memo  —  When the “manufactured” outrage the Left is trying to demonize lines up so inconveniently with public polling, it's sometimes necessary to create evidence for the “manufactured” storyline.
The Hill:
Parties cry foul over spate of homestate showdowns  —  Congress's normally lax August recess is shaping up to be a tumultuous time this year as a deluge of protesters, fueled by political parties and interest groups, greet lawmakers in their home states.  —  The showdowns between lawmakers …
Reliable Source:
Furor Over an Obama Puff Piece  —  Student Barack Obama in a 1980 photo shoot at Occidental College.  (Lisa Jack/Getty Images)  —  It was only a matter of time before someone combined a certain memorable image of a young future president with a jokey twist on his campaign slogan …
CNN Poll: Obama approval drops 7 points over last 100 days  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama approaches 200 days in the White House, a new national poll suggests his approval rating has dropped seven points since the 100-day mark in April.  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kate Pickert / Time:   Barack Obama's Golf Game
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost  —  WASHINGTON — Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Dem Congressman's Office: His Life Has Been Threatened Over Health Care Bill  —  Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) will not be hosting any town hall events this August — instead, he's making himself available to constituents for one-on-one meetings about health care reform — and at least part of the reason is this …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
You can never say, “Y'know, that's a good point, maybe I'm wrong”  —  Marc Ambinder marches on past his intellect  —  And it isn't just people trying to rationalize why the hell they were all for invading Iraq six and a half years ago.  It applies to just about every villager when they get called …
Financial Times:
Murdoch vows to charge for all online content  —  Rupert Murdoch has vowed to charge for all the online content of his newspapers and television news channels, going well beyond his prediction in May that the company would test pay models on one of its stronger papers within the year.
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Murdoch plans to charge for all news websites by next summer
Discussion: A VC and Macsmind
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 …
Washington Post:
Protests at Democrats' Health-Care Events Spark Political Tug of War  —  Sparring Threatens To Drown Out Policy Debate  —  Hectoring protesters at a handful of Democratic town hall forums became a flash point Wednesday in the health-care debate, as party leaders cast the critics as …
Discussion: The Plum Line and American Power
Mark Preston / CNN:
GOP turns tables on Democrats
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Supporters Vs. “The Mob”
Discussion: Reason
Washington Post:
U.S. Considers Remaking Mortgage Giants  —  ‘Bad Bank’ Would Wipe the Slate Clean for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac by Taking Their Toxic Loans  —  The Obama administration is considering an overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that would strip the mortgage finance giants of hundreds of billions …
Washington Post:
Obama Plans to Use More Than Bombs and Bullets to Fight Terrorism  —  The U.S. government must fundamentally redefine the struggle against terrorism, replacing the “war on terror” with a campaign combining all facets of national power to defeat the enemy, John O. Brennan …
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
William Jefferson verdict: Guilty on 11 of 16 counts  —  ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was found guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges today by a federal jury.  —  The jury of eight women and four men returned a guilty verdict following five days of deliberation.
Mike Stark / Firedoglake:
Conservativism's Next Generation: Young, Dumb, and Full of...?  —  Remember these guys?  —  Well... I ran into them at the Young America's Foundation convention right after Gingrich's speech.  Of course, Gingrich lionized Reagan.  He's their legend.  And they named an airport after him!
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.
Erica Alini / Wall Street Journal:
No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users  —  They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple  —  A sign at Naidre's, a small neighborhood coffee shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., begins warmly: “Dear customers, we are absolutely thrilled that you like us …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Grassley: Obama too inexperienced to understand how Congress works  —  President Obama is too inexperienced in national politics to really understand the legislative process, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday.  —  Grassley, who as a lead negotiator of the bipartisan healthcare reform deal …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Autocracy and the Decline of the Arabs  —  The Arab world is plagued by despots.  But don't expect the U.N. to give President Bush any credit for challenging this order.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  'It made me feel so jealous," said Abdulmonem Ibrahim, a young Egyptian political activist, of the recent upheaval in Iran. "
Discussion: PrairiePundit
.Sean / Fired Up! Missouri:
Todd Akin Jokes About Activists Lynching His Democratic Colleagues  —  At a town hall meeting yesterday, Todd Akin mentioned that some of his Democratic colleagues in Congress “almost got lynched” when talking to constituents.  The idea seems to have been a big hit with the friendly audience.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Healthcare debate gets uglier  —  Special interests are accused of organizing disruptive outbursts as Democrats try to answer voter concerns.  —  Reporting from Washington — An effigy of Rep. Frank Kratovil Jr. was hung outside his office on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Cornyn: Public anger on healthcare a good opportunity for GOP  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) claims the anger shown by demonstrators at town hall meetings across the country will make his job of electing GOP senators all the more easy.  —  Several Democratic lawmakers …
Discussion: Think Progress
Ashley Hayes / CNN:
Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme to be released  —  (CNN) — The president she once pointed a gun at has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison.  —  However, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to get her first taste of real freedom in more than three decades.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Health Reform and the Tax Pledge  —  Polling and focus groups have led the president astray on his top priority.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Americans are now seeing the damage that polls and focus groups can inflict on White House decision-making.  President Barack Obama is no longer shaping …
Discussion: PrairiePundit and The Note
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Kills ‘Mouthpiece’ Video Series  —  The Washington Post has brought down the curtain on “Mouthpiece Theater.”  —  Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli killed the satirical video series Wednesday after harsh criticism of a joke about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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