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5:50 PM ET, August 9, 2009

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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Gingrich defends Palin's ‘death panels’  —  Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean went at it on health care this morning on This Week.  Especially over Sarah Palin's claim that Obama's health care plan will create “death panels” that would encourage euthanasia.  —  “Communal standards historically …
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Is Obama Punking Us?  —  “AUGUST is a challenging time to be president,” said Andrew Card, the former Bush White House chief of staff, as he offered unsolicited advice to his successors in a television interview last week.  “I think you have to expect the unexpected.”  —  He should know.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: C-SPAN caller blasts media; Update: New Astroturfing signs for Obamabots  —  I'd say this explains the eruption of anger at town-hall meetings fairly clearly.  “Leah” from New Hampshire says she “just wants to clarify a few things about these manufactured angered crowds,” …
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Reid plans town hall meeting over telephone  —  WASHINGTON — A day after holding up a square of Astroturf to denounce the orchestrated attacks on Democratic town hall meetings on health care, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said he would be talking with his Nevada constituents this month over the phone lines.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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msnbc.com:
Aug. 9: James Jones, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, the happy homecoming.  —  MS. LAURA LING: When we walked in through the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton.  —  MR. GREGORY: Now the backstory.
Discussion: PoliBlog
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Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
The Gangs of D.C.  —  In the Senate, Small States Wield Outsize Power.  Is This What the Founders Had in Mind?  —  Wonder why President Obama is having a hard time enacting his agenda after sweeping to victory and with large congressional majorities on his side?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Hullabaloo
Gregory Clark / Washington Post:
Tax and Spend, or Face The Consequences  —  At some point, the Great Recession will end.  Newsweek even says it's already over.  Whenever it happens, we will see that the downturn was but a minor blip in the long story of the economy.  —  In the next chapter, abundance beckons — for some.
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
S.C. governor's plane use questioned  —  Records show Mark Sanford used state aircraft for personal, political trips  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford used state aircraft for personal and political trips, often bringing along his wife and children …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ezra Klein:
Is There a Deal to be Made on Health Care?  An Interview WIth Sen. Lindsey Graham.  —  Earlier this week, Sen. Lindsey Graham was the sole Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of Sonia Sotomayor.  A few days later, he co-signed an op-ed in The Washington Post …
Gateway Pundit:
Shocker... Keith Olbermann Lies About Tea Party Violence— Compares Protesters to Hamas & Hezbollah  —  Can this goof be sued for slander?  —  The only violent episodes reported at the tea party protests have been from Obama-supporters and union thugs beating the crap out of black conservatives …
Discussion: Missourah
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
OzyBama Will Meet The Same Fate  —  Democrats are complaining loudly that the American people are stupid and should shut up about President Obama's health care program, cap-and-tax program, spend us into deeper deficits program, tax away our incentives program, apologize to our enemies program …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Riehl World View
Political Punch:
Painting Protestors as “Partisan Mobs with Lies About Health Reform,” Democrats Rally Their Own Activists to Visit Members of Congress at Town Halls, District Offices  —  Supporters of President Obama formerly signed up as members of “Obama for America” received an email today from Mitch Stewart …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
Filling the Financial Regulatory Void
Discussion: EconLog and Taunter Media
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Military Analysts Expect Long-Term, Costly U.S. Effort in Afghanistan
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A Missed Opportunity on Climate Change
Discussion: Economist's View and Tim Blair
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Ten Things Obama Did Wrong on Health-Care Reform
Discussion: TalkLeft and American Power