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9:05 AM ET, August 8, 2009


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Gateway Pundit:
Priceless.  Jamie Allman Confronts Russ Carnahan at Secret Press Conference on Beating Black Conservatives (Video)  —  Rep. Russ Carnahan held a secret press conference this morning to discuss the town hall meeting last night where tea party taxpayers were locked out, union thugs …
Michelle Malkin:
Sebelius calls her SEIU “brothers and sisters” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Erick's blog
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:
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
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   Jenny Sanford Moving Out Of Gov. Mansion With Kids
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:   Governor Sanford's Wife Moves Out of Mansion
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Health Debate Turns Hostile at Town Hall Meetings  —  The bitter divisions over an overhaul of the health care system have exploded at town-hall-style meetings over the last few days as members of Congress have been shouted down, hanged in effigy and taunted by crowds.
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Healthcare's ‘outlandish rumors’  —  With the White House this week gearing up a campaign to dispel “misinformation” about the healthcare reform that President Barack Obama is promoting, the president today says that it's important to quell the “outlandish rumors” circulating.
Discussion: The Politico
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: 24Ahead and Think Progress
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Obama Reverses Stand on Drug Industry Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Caught between a pivotal industry ally and the protests of Congressional Democrats, the Obama administration on Friday backed away from what drug industry lobbyists had said this week was a firm White House promise to exclude …
Looking at the Left:
Nancy and the Astroturfers  —  This was the scene when I arrived at Stout Street Clinic in downtown Denver.  Nancy Pelosi is to pay a visit to the clinic within the hour.  About 200 people opposed to Obama's healthcare agenda braved the mile high Denver sun and high temperatures to show their opposition.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rahm Slammed Dems Attacking Other Dems As “F-king Stupid,” Sources Say  —  The Politico's Jonathan Martin reported this morning that Rahm Emanuel warned leaders of liberal groups in a private meeting this week that it was time to stop running ads attacking Blue Dog and “centrist” Dems on health care.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. and Britain Again Target Afghan Poppies  —  The U.S. and British governments plan to spend millions of dollars over the next two months to try to persuade Afghan farmers not to plant opium poppy, by far the country's most profitable cash crop and a major source of Taliban funding and official corruption.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver in critical condition  —  (CNN) — Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President Kennedy, is in critical but stable condition in a Massachusetts hospital with her family at her side, her family said Friday.  —  Members of her family flew in to Cape Cod Hospital …
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.
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.
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
NY Times Co. says it is in no hurry to sell Globe  —  Paper's finances called improved  —  The New York Times Co.'s chief executive, Janet Robinson, and chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. said deep concessions by The Boston Globe's unions and other measures have helped put the newspaper on the path to long-term survival.
Michael Sokolove / New York Times:
What's a Big City Without a Newspaper?  —  LAST STAND?  —  On a recent trip into Philadelphia, after I exited the Interstate and coasted to a stop at the first traffic light, a man walked up to my car.  He wore a black apron with a change pouch and held aloft a copy of The Philadelphia Daily News, the city's tart, irreverent tabloid.
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Thursday, August 6  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  —  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  Guests: Jonathan Alter, Ryan Lizza, Chris Kofinis  —  KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST (voice-over): Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What is progressivism?  —  Arnold Kling asks this question, so I thought I'd try a stab at it, but trying to cast progressivism in the best possible light.  Of course my answer is not exclusive to Arnold's, as we might both be right about the elephant.  From an outsider's perspective …
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