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3:35 PM 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.
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 …
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.
Adam Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Protesters drown out Tampa health care summit
CBS News:
Teabaggers Shout Down Tampa Bay Town Hall
Discussion: Doug Ross and
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Pearlstein Dubs Health Reform Opponents “Political Terrorists”
First on the CNN Ticker: Florida senator to resign seat  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, will announce that he is resigning his seat, three GOP sources tell CNN.  —  The sources said that Martinez will officially announce his intention to step down on Friday.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Mel Martinez resigning  —  Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will be resigning from the Senate, according to several senior Republican sources familiar with his thinking.  —  He made the announcement at a morning staff meeting, where he said he will not be returning to the Senate after the August recess.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
FL-Senate: Martinez to Resign
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.
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:
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
The Media Take Aim At ‘The Mob’
Discussion: Right Wing News
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Town Halls Turning Into Town Brawls
Discussion: Think Progress and Ezra Klein
Michelle Malkin:
SEIU and the “persuasion of power;” Update: St. Louis thuggery on tape
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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 …
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Did The Unemployment Rate Really Go Down?  —  As Derek wrote …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Dodd, Conrad cleared in Countrywide probe  —  The Senate Ethics Committee on Friday dismissed complaints against Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Kent Conrad (N.D.) over their participation in Countrywide Financial Corp.'s VIP lending program.  —  But the panel cautioned the senators …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Widening Gyre  —  We had a number of emails last night discussing how much of what we're hearing from the right now should be considered incitement.  There are numerous instances of anti-reform advocates explicitly comparing President Obama's health care plan to the Holocaust, for instance …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Americans for Prosperity Compares Health Care Reform To Holocaust …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Reactions to Rush Limbaugh's Obama/Hitler comparison  —  [updated below (ADL) - Update II (Simon Wiesenthal Center)]  —  As I noted yesterday, the comparison of an anonymous person in the 2004 ad contest of Bush to Hitler generated a massive media firestorm for a full week …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GOP political tactics and media inanity in a nutshell
Abf / We'll Know When We Get There:
Sincerely, John Hughes  —  I was babysitting for my mom's friend Kathleen's daughter the night I wrote that first fan letter to John Hughes.  I can literally remember the yellow grid paper, the blue ball point pen and sitting alone in the dim light in the living room, the baby having gone to bed.
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 sitewide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Another Hurdle for the Jobless: Credit Inquiries  —  Digging out of debt keeps getting harder for the unemployed as more companies use detailed credit checks to screen job prospects.  —  Out of work since December, Juan Ochoa was delighted when a staffing firm recently responded to his posting …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Presenting new rules for radicals  —  If you're a virtuous and patriotic American, you may find this column either offensive or misleading.  If so, please forward it to White House authorities at the Department of Fishy Activity.  (E-mail the good people at
Discussion: Dr. Helen
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Gillibrand Rival Won't Run in Primary  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Carolyn B. Maloney announced Friday that she had changed her mind and had decided not to mount a Democratic primary challenge against Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in next year's election.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
GOP congressman jeered for telling people to stop watching Glenn Beck.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly Puts His Love For Barack Obama Into A Parade Column
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The State:
Jenny Sanford: We're moving out of Governor's Mansion
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Felix Salmon:
Ben Stein finally Expelled from NY Times
Discussion: Gawker
The Hill:
Axelrod gives Dems their health talking points
Discussion: The Foundry
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
France Fights Universal Care's High Cost
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Stop The ACLU
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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