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6:55 PM ET, August 8, 2009

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David Frum / The New Majority:
What if We Win the Healthcare Fight?  —  What would it mean to “win” the healthcare fight?  —  For some, the answer is obvious: beat back the president's proposals, defeat the House bill, stand back and wait for 1994 to repeat itself.  —  The problem is that if we do that... we'll still have the present healthcare system.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
After Victory  —  David Frum contemplates conservative victory in the health care fight and doesn't like what he sees: … These are good points.  There's a difference, of course, between a political win and a policy win.  A policy win for conservatives would probably not be to block Obama's proposals …
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 …
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Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Have You No Decency?  —  Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment.  —  Governor Palin issued the following statement on her Facebook page yesterday.  I quote it in its entirety so you can judge for yourself.
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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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Democratic congresswoman holds “prayer vigil” on health care
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Sullivan blasts Obama plans, says bipartisanship needed  —  First District Congressman John Sullivan said Friday that the nation's big problems can't be solved without bipartisanship, but that didn't prevent him from scorching President Barack Obama and the Democrats.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
House Health-Care Reform Bill Oversteps on End-of-Life Issues  —  The House Bill Skews End-of-Life Counsel  —  About a third of Americans have living wills or advance-care directives expressing their wishes for end-of-life treatment.  When seniors who don't have them arrive …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Sotomayor Sworn In as Supreme Court Justice  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor took the judicial oath on Saturday, becoming the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court in United States history.  —  At just past 11 a.m., Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SHUT UP, HE EXPLAINED: … Thug-in-chief?  What would the reaction be if a Republican President said this?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers' Global-Warming Trip Hit Tourist Hot Spots  —  Penguins, a Rocket-Propelled Airplane (and Tax Dollars) Also Involved  —  WASHINGTON — When 10 members of Congress wanted to study climate change, they did more than just dip their toes into the subject: They went diving and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef.
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 …
 
 
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Health Care Hullabaloo
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
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Associated Press:
Iran Resumes Mass Trial of Activists and Protesters
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Women at Risk  —  “I actually look good.  I dress good …
Discussion: Shakesville
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Budget cuts put new textbook purchases on hold
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. and Britain Again Target Afghan Poppies
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Healthcare's ‘outlandish rumors’
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Politico
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
NY Times Co. says it is in no hurry to sell Globe
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Beyond Beltway, Health Debate Turns Hostile