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1:45 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 …
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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 …
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:
Anti-Health Care Reform Protester Encourages Physical Violence, Use Of Firearms  —  Based on the news that health care events are edging into violence, an anti-health care reform protester in New Mexico named Scott Oskay is calling on his hundreds of online followers to bring firearms to town halls …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 and 24Ahead
OBAMA: 'DON'T WANT THE FOLKS WHO CREATED THE MESS TO DO A LOT OF TALKING'  —  “But I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking.  I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.  I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking.”
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.
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Pitchman Ben Stein Gets Economist Ben Stein Fired at the New York Times
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TPMDC, PrairiePundit and Think Progress
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.
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 …
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Time:
Obamacare's Fatal Flaw  —  There are two basic points about health-care reform that President Obama wants to convey.  The first is that, as he put it in an ABC special in June, “the status quo is untenable.”  Our health-care system is rife with “skewed incentives.”
Discussion: Hot Air and PrairiePundit
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: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
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Hikers Who Crossed Into Iran Have Been Moved to Tehran
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Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
Fannie Mae seeks $10.7B in US aid after 2Q loss
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Les Nessman / Washington Examiner:
Dana in NYC
Rasmussen Reports:
41% View Town Hall Protesters Favorably, 35% Don't
Discussion: Moe Lane
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)
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Jane Stranch / Blog:
President Obama Nominates
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly Puts His Love For Barack Obama Into A Parade Column
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
Abf / We'll Know When We Get There:
Sincerely, John Hughes
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Swampland