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5:10 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 …
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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 …
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Democratic congresswoman holds “prayer vigil” on health care
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Palin: Obama's “Death Panel” Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby
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 …
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
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 …
Dave Schuler / Outside The Beltway:
Today's MUST Foreign Policy Reading  —  If you only read one thing today, read the for-the-record answers from the Director of National Intelligence to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee in April 2009.  At the very least read the tickler summary from the blog of the Federation …
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 …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
No Survivors Found as 2 Aircraft Collide  —  A small private plane carrying three people and a New York tourist helicopter carrying six collided in midair and plunged into the Hudson River off the West Side of Manhattan just after noon on Saturday.  At least two people were confirmed dead …
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