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1:00 PM ET, August 8, 2009


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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 …
The Huffington Post:
White House Confirms: Deal With Big Pharma Bars Price Negotiations  —  In closed-door negotiations with President Obama and his top aides throughout the spring, Big Pharma offered its support for comprehensive health care reform and pledged to cut $80 billion in costs over the next ten years.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Democrat screams at constituent for asking tough question on health care  —  And by “constituent,” I of course mean crypto-Nazi political terrorist.  You'll find the full unedited exchange right here but I'm giving you the news segment because it provides important context.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Democratic congresswoman holds “prayer vigil” on health care  —  Remind me, which prayer is it that involves ranting about the stimulus bill and demanding single-payer health care?  Was that the one Jesus taught the crowd when he gave his sermon on insurance premiums?
Discussion: American Power and Newsalert
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:
Dr. L. Toni Lewis, MD / SEIU:
Stop the violence at health care town halls  —  Things are turning ugly.  Town halls, which typically serve as open, safe environments to ask questions of elected officials, have degenerated into violent shouting matches.  —  Last night in St. Louis, Missouri, a reverend and member of SEIU was assaulted at a town hall.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
August Is the Cruelest Month  —  Protesters are following members of Congress around this summer, disrupting their constituent meetings and shrieking about socialized medicine.  They claim to be following the great American tradition of dissent.  This must refer to the time back in colonial days …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Women at Risk  —  “I actually look good.  I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne — yet 30 million women rejected me,” wrote George Sodini in a blog that he kept while preparing for this week's shooting in a Pennsylvania gym in which he killed three women, wounded nine others and then killed himself.
Discussion: Shakesville
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
As Economy Turns, Washington Looks Better  —  WASHINGTON — What if in the end they got it right?  —  What if, amid all their missteps and all the harsh criticism, the people in charge of battling the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression — Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner …
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
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 …
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 and Liberal Values
Peter Valdes-Dapena /
Trucks win in Cash for Clunkers game  —  Because of distorted sales figures, Ford's Escape cross-over SUV, not the Focus small car, tops the list for most popular ‘clunker’ buy.  —  NEW YORK ( — What are people trading their clunkers in for?  It depends on who you ask.
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Budget cuts put new textbook purchases on hold  —  The state and many California school districts look to save money by postponing approvals of updated books.  Some fear the moves may put students at a disadvantage.  —  History textbooks in many California classrooms won't mention the election …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. and Britain Again Target Afghan Poppies
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
The Boys Who Cried “Racist”
Discussion: The Opinionator and GayPatriot
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
NY Times Co. says it is in no hurry to sell Globe
Michael Sokolove / New York Times:
What's a Big City Without a Newspaper?
Ramesh Ponnuru / Time:
Obamacare's Fatal Flaw
Discussion: QandO, TigerHawk, Hot Air and PrairiePundit
 Earlier Items: 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver in critical condition
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Note:
Hikers Who Crossed Into Iran Have Been Moved to Tehran
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
So where's your birth certificate, congressman?
Discussion: 24Ahead and Think Progress
Rasmussen Reports:
41% View Town Hall Protesters Favorably, 35% Don't
Discussion: Moe Lane