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1:45 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 …
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
Discussion: American Power and Newsalert
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
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.
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.
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:
Looking at the Left:
Nancy and the Astroturfers  —  This was the scene when I arrived at Stout Street Clinic in downtown Denver.  Nancy Pelosi is to pay a visit to the clinic within the hour.  About 200 people opposed to Obama's healthcare agenda braved the mile high Denver sun and high temperatures to show their opposition.
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 …
Associated Press:
Iran Resumes Mass Trial of Activists and Protesters  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A French academic and local staff of the British and French embassies stood trial Saturday with dozens of Iranian opposition figures and confessed to being involved in the country's postelection unrest.
Discussion: niacINsight
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 …
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
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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
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Jenny Sanford Moving Out Of Gov. Mansion With Kids
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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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
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?
Discussion: Philly.com
Ramesh Ponnuru / Time:
Obamacare's Fatal Flaw
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver in critical condition
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Note:
Hikers Who Crossed Into Iran Have Been Moved to Tehran
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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