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3:30 AM ET, August 9, 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 …
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) …
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Haaretz:
Fatah: We'll sacrifice victims until Jerusalem is ours  —  The status of Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state is a red line that no Palestinian leader is permitted to cross, President Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah faction declared in the West Bank on Saturday.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Criminal investigation into CIA treatment of detainees expected  —  Insiders say Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is close to naming a prosecutor to look into reports of excessive waterboarding and other unauthorized methods.  Convictions could be hard to get.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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 …
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Drug Industry to Run Ads Favoring White House Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama's health care overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess, people briefed on the plans said Saturday.
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
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Conformity is now the new dissent  —  Community Organizer wants to organize us all.  —  Recommend  —  DISSENT IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF PATRIOTI... No, wait, that bumper sticker expired January 20th.  Under the stimulus bill, there's a new $1.3 trillion bills-for-bumpers program whereby …
Discussion: Power Line and Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
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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Laura Snider / Daily Camera:
Concerned about health care, hundreds swarm Polis chat
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
New York Times:
Paulson's Calls to Goldman Tested Ethics
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
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Sullivan blasts Obama plans, says bipartisanship needed
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SHUT UP, HE EXPLAINED: … Thug-in-chief?  What would the reaction …
Dave Schuler / Outside The Beltway:
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Discussion: Newshoggers.com and niacINsight
Associated Press:
Iran Resumes Mass Trial of Activists and Protesters
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Budget cuts put new textbook purchases on hold