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10:25 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 …
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Hundreds Show Up to Protest SEIU Thuggery & Violence In St. Louis (Video)  —  ST. LOUIS TEA PARTY PATRIOTS DENOUNCE SEIU THUGGERY & VIOLENCE—  St. Louis Tea Party Patriots ask the ACORN-SEIU Union— “Don't Tread On Me!”  —  Gadsen Girls, talk radio host Dana Loesch (left) …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Ten Things Obama Did Wrong on Health-Care Reform  —  Helen's right, damn it.  And look at Gibbs' deflection: “We've had a pretty good week.”  Sorry, Gibby, health-care reform is slowly slipping away.  Don't just stand there.  —  Here are my thoughts on what the White House did wrong, in no particular order:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: World's worst TV interview  —  Let's say you're a talk-show host and you get the one guy who precisely predicted the financial collapse a year before it happened.  You want to talk to him about the health-care reform debate and the financial implications of the current legislation.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security  —  WASHINGTON — The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics …
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 …
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Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
LIVE BLOG: Deposition of Sibel Edmonds Completed, DoJ a ‘No Show’, Bombshells Under Oath  —  Live blogging coverage of the Sibel Edmonds deposition at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington D.C. For background see previous coverage:  — 8/5/09: Sibel Edmonds Subpoenaed, Set to ‘Break’ Gag Order
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Democratic congresswoman holds “prayer vigil” on health care
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
9 Dead After Copter and Plane Collide  —  A small private plane carrying three people and a New York tourist helicopter with six collided in midair and plunged into the Hudson River off Hoboken, N.J., opposite Manhattan's West Side, just before noon on Saturday.  All on board the two aircraft were killed, the authorities said.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama's Embrace of a Bush Tactic Riles Congress  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued signing statements claiming the authority to bypass dozens of provisions of bills enacted into law since he took office, provoking mounting criticism by lawmakers from both parties.
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
As Dems fret, Obama sharpens war goals  —  President Barack Obama next month will send Congress a new plan for measuring progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in an effort to build confidence among wavering Democrats and give sharper direction to a costly and increasingly bloody war, White House officials told POLITICO on Saturday.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
A Missed Opportunity on Climate Change  —  DURING the presidential campaign of 2008, Barack Obama distinguished himself on the economics of climate change, speaking far more sensibly about the issue than most of his rivals.  Unfortunately, now that he is president, Mr. Obama may sign …
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.
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
 
 
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Are Americans Stupid?  —  Bill Maher has a piece at HuffPo arguing …
New York Times:
Paulson's Calls to Goldman Tested Ethics During Crisis
Discussion: Raw Story and Prairie Weather
Eric Messinger / The Hill:
Secret Service looking into Obama-Joker fax
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Cynthia Tucker: 45-65% Of Townhall Protesters Are Racists
Dave Schuler / Outside The Beltway:
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Discussion: Newshoggers.com and niacINsight
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Associated Press:
Iran Resumes Mass Trial of Activists and Protesters
Discussion: niacINsight
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