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11:15 AM ET, August 7, 2009


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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Republicans Propagating Falsehoods in Attacks on Health-Care Reform  —  As a columnist who regularly dishes out sharp criticism, I try not to question the motives of people with whom I don't agree.  Today, I'm going to step over that line.  —  The recent attacks by Republican leaders …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Town Hall Mob  —  There's a famous Norman Rockwell painting titled “Freedom of Speech,” depicting an idealized American town meeting.  The painting, part of a series illustrating F.D.R.'s “Four Freedoms,” shows an ordinary citizen expressing an unpopular opinion.
Adam Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Protesters drown out Tampa health care summit  —  TAMPA - Bitter divisions over reforming America's health care system exploded Thursday night in Tampa amid cat calls, jeering and shoving at a town hall meeting.  —  “Tyranny!  Tyranny!  Tyranny!” dozens of people shouted as U.S …
Wall Street Journal:
‘You Are Terrifying Us’  —  Voters send a message to Washington, and get an ugly response.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care.  There's a new tone in the debate, and it's ugly.  At the moment the Democrats are looking …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
“The Other”  —  Now that a Democrat is in the White House,  —  without Howard Kurtz's castigation.  —  Suck on that, single Move-On contest entrant.  —  As is often elaborated upon here, there are huge flaws in the health care plan (d)evolving through Congress, for example insurance companies …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Fox News:
Health Care Town Halls Turn Violent in Tampa, St. Louis
Discussion: Power Line
William March /
Protests, passions roiling town hall meeting on health care
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fist Fight(s?) at Tampa Townhall
Discussion: The Impolitic
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Violence Erupts At Rep. Castor's Town Hall In Tampa
Discussion: Newsalert
William March / TBO News Breaking:
Protests, passions roiling town hall meeting on health care
Discussion: Hot Air, Raw Story and American Power
Leah Thorsen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Six people, including P-D reporter, arrested at Carnahan meeting  —  UPDATE: St. Louis County police say six people were arrested.  Two of those were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances.  Carnahan was gone when the ruckus started.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Angry Mob of Racist Extremists Beats Black Man at Town Hall Meeting  —  I guess the Democrats were right after all.  At a town meeting held by a Democrat congressman, a rowdy group of organized and angry thugs showed up to make a point about ObamaCare, and then beat up a man.
Gateway Pundit:
RAW VIDEO!!.....TEA PARTY PROTESTERS ATTACKED— 1 Black Conservative Seriously Hurt in St. Louis!... 6 Arrested Including SEIU Members  —  ** RAW VIDEO from Missourah blog:  —  A black conservative was attacked by the Carnahan-supporting mob.  —  At least one SEIU member is arrested by St. Louis police in this video:
Gateway Pundit:
SHOCK VIDEO— DEMS SNEAK UNION THUGS INTO CARNAHAN TOWN HALL— 1,000 Tea Party Taxpayers Locked Out!  —  Over 1,000 St. Louis Tea Party Taxpayers showed up at the Russ Carnahan town hall meeting in South St. Louis tonight.  —  They were Locked Out!  —  But... The Carnahan staff was sneaking …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Dueling protesters disrupt Carnahan forum on aging  —  In St. Louis and across the country, the debate over health care reform is growing louder.  —  On Thursday evening, a forum on aging called by Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, drew an overflow crowd of several hundred to Bernard Middle School gym in south St. Louis County.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
WH to Dems: Punch back twice as hard
New York Times:
Taliban Leader in Pakistan Was Killed, His Aides Say  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Baitullah Mehsud, the main leader of Pakistan's fearsome Taliban militia, was killed Wednesday in a C.I.A. missile strike, two Taliban fighters said Friday, but a spokesman for Pakistan's military, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
‘Baitullah Mehsud is alive’ - US intelligence official
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Los Angeles Times:
Death of Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud is confirmed
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Pakistani Taliban leader ‘killed’
Discussion: The Long War Journal and NPR Blogs
Jack Healy / New York Times:
247,000 Jobs Lost in July; Rate Falls Slightly to 9.4%  —  The American economy lost 247,000 jobs in July, and in a reversal, the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 9.4 percent, the government reported Friday.  —  Although businesses are expected to keep cutting jobs through the rest of the year …
Annys Shin / Washington Post:   Job Losses Slow to 247,000; Unemployment Rate Dips
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user  —  A Georgian blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google's Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.
The Hill:
Axelrod gives Dems their health talking points  —  Senate Democrats are girding themselves for a month of vigorous debate over healthcare reform, armed with a new set of talking points from David Axelrod, the president's chief political strategist.  —  Axelrod and Jim Messina …
Discussion: The Foundry
The Huffington Post:
Reid Backs Off Health Care Deadline
Discussion: TPMDC
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor Faces Big Workload of Complex Cases  —  Now comes the hard part.  —  With the Senate's approval of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday, the new justice will soon take on one of the most demanding jobs in the land.  —  Just over a month from now …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Sotomayor Confirmed by Senate, 68-31
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Hispanic Votes Not Swaying GOP on Sotomayor
John Lyon / Arkansas News:
Lincoln retracts description of health care protests as ‘un-American’  —  LITTLE ROCK — Efforts to disrupt town hall meetings on health care reform are un-American, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., said today, though she later issued a statement retracting the remark.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Blanche Lincoln to health-care protesters: Hey, sorry for calling you “un-American”
Discussion: The Plum Line and Kausfiles
Dana Loesch /
Meet the Mob  —  You've heard a lot about this crazy, scary, vicious mob on some shadowy GOP payroll.  By the way the DNC, Rachel Maddow, and President Obama talk, you'd think it was a motley crue of Hell's Angels.  —  Let me introduce you to the mob:  —  I am the mob.  My kids are the mob.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
How Many Parks Do You Need?  —  The District of Columbia has many, many, many fewer schoolchildren than it once did, so there's been a trend toward closing DCPS facilities and trying to reuse the sites for something else.  Office space for city agencies is a popular idea, but sometimes that doesn't work out for various reasons.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rahm warns liberal groups to stop ads  —  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel warned liberal groups this week to stop running ads against Democratic members of Congress.  —  The powerful top aide to President Obama made his feelings known at the weekly closed-door strategy session …
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Woman Who Said She Was ‘Just A Mom’ …
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Scott Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Health Reform and the Polls
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
France Fights Universal Care's High Cost
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and MoJo Blog Posts
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor swipes at Obama policy on Mideast trip
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gillian Tett / Financial Times:
The liquidity pipes remain clogged
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