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9:05 PM ET, August 7, 2009


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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:
Black Conservative's Attorney Sends Out Letter After Brutal Attack At Carnahan Town Hall Meeting  —  The attorney for Kenneth Gladney wrote the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition after the union thugs beat Gladney last night outside the Russ Carnahan Town Hall meeting.
Dana Loesch /
BREAKING: Carnahan staffer admits to causing trouble?  —  This woman was actually trying to start fights with people in line, waiting to get into the auditorium at the Rep. Russ Carnahan townhall forum on aging.  —  While Carnahan gave a press conference today blaming tea party people for the …
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:
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Eye Witness to St. Louis Scuffle: 'SEIU Representative Punched …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Gets Threatening Phone Call: “You're Gonna Come Up Against The Second Amendment”  —  An official with SEIU, which has been sending members to town halls to counterbalance the Tea Party brigade, sends over this audio of a phone call the union says it received on its central voicemail system …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Americans for Prosperity Compares Health Care Reform To Holocaust, Tells Protesters To Put ‘Fear Of God’ In Members Of Congress  —  During the course of the last week, you may have wondered why anti-health care reform activists are so riled up—what buttons are being pushed by the people encouraging the town hall disruptions.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Anti-Health Care Reform Protester Encourages Physical Violence, Use Of Firearms
Discussion: SEIU, The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Widening Gyre  —  We had a number of emails last night discussing …
Discussion: Think Progress
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Americans for Prosperity Compares Health Care Reform To Holocaust
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
Rasmussen Reports:   41% View Town Hall Protesters Favorably, 35% Don't
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Embattled S.C. Governor Sanford, Wife Are Splitting Up  —  Jenny Sanford, the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, announced Friday morning that she and their sons will leave the governor's mansion in Columbia and settle in the Charleston area, a split that comes after the couple tried for seven weeks to mend their marriage.
Discussion: Raw Story
The State:
Jenny Sanford: We're moving out of Governor's Mansion
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Governor Sanford's Wife Moves Out of Mansion
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Palin: Obama's “Death Panel” Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby  —  In a new posting on her Facebook account, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) made a dire statement about health care reform — that it could result in an Obama-created “death panel” killing her infant son with Down Syndrome:
Bill Maher / The Huffington Post:
New Rule: Smart President ≠ Smart Country  —  New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn't make it a smart country.  A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn't put anything past this stupid country.
Felix Salmon:
Ben Stein finally Expelled from NY Times  —  You'll forgive me if I take some small measure of credit for this one: after something in the region of 35,000 words of the Ben Stein Watch, the world's worst financial columnist has finally been fired from the New York Times.  And I couldn't be happier.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Pitchman Ben Stein Gets Economist Ben Stein Fired at the New York Times
Fox News:
White House Move to Collect ‘Fishy’ Info May Be Illegal, Critics Say  —  The White House has been under fire since posting a blog on Tuesday that asks supporters to e-mail any “fishy” information seen on the Web or received electronically.  —  —  The White House strategy …
New York Times:
Taliban Leader in Pakistan Is Reportedly Killed  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Baitullah Mehsud, the main leader of Pakistan's fearsome Taliban movement, was killed Wednesday in a C.I.A. drone missile strike, two Taliban fighters said Friday, though American and Pakistani officials could not confirm the reports.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Pakistani Taliban Leader Possibly Killed Supreme Court Challenges …
Ezra Klein:
Is This Health-Care Reform's Worst Idea Yet?  —  The Senate Finance Committee does not want to propose an employer mandate to promote health-care coverage.  But it doesn't want to let employers entirely off the hook, either.  So it has come up with one of the worst ideas in recent memory: A so-called “free rider” tax.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Reactions to Rush Limbaugh's Obama/Hitler comparison  —  [updated below (ADL) - Update II (Simon Wiesenthal Center) - Update III]  —  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 …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan: Health Care Protests Haven't “Gotten Out of Hand”, Just “Plenty of Booing”  —  Nooners surveys the mob scenes, the hangings in effigy, the assaults, the unhinged rhetoric — and blames it all on Obama. … Shorter Noonan: if the Democrats would stop dressing like slutty socialists, they wouldn't get raped.
Wall Street Journal:
‘You Are Terrifying Us’  —  Voters send a message to Washington, and get an ugly response.
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
So where's your birth certificate, congressman?  —  From POLITICO's Kathryn McGarr:  —  Last week, POLITICO asked the 11 House Republicans co-sponsoring the so-called “birther” bill — requiring presidential candidates to prove they were born in the U.S.— for copies of their own birth certificates.
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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 …
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Better Plan for Health-Care Reform  —  In 1986, Ronald Reagan and Bill Bradley created a legislative miracle.  They fashioned a tax reform that stripped loopholes, political favors, payoffs, patronage and other corruptions out of the tax system.  With the resulting savings, they lowered tax rates across the board.
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Les Nessman / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish and Think Progress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mike Ross Brags About Killing Single Payer
Discussion: TPMDC
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Ex-DNC Chief on Obama's Problems (and How He Can Fix Them)
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
GOP congressman jeered for telling people to stop watching Glenn Beck.
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly Puts His Love For Barack Obama Into A Parade Column
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The Campaign Spot:
So What's the Real Unemployment Rate?
Discussion: Hot Air
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Presenting new rules for radicals
Discussion: Dr. Helen