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8:10 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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVES SLAM PALIN ATTACK AS ‘CRAZY’.... Newt Gingrich told a national television audience this morning that Sarah Palin's “death panel” argument is fair and legitimate.  I should note, in fairness to other conservatives, that others on the right have not been as kind to the former Alaska governor.
Chuck Todd / msnbc.com:
CONSERVATIVE PROTESTERS PREPPING FOR OBAMA N.H. TOWN HALL  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Pres. Obama holds his OWN town hall in New Hampshire this Tuesday where the issues of the economy and health care are likely to be the dominant issues.  Of course, what many will be watching …
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Linda Moore / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care  —  Hundreds of people crowded into the BRIDGES building in Downtown Memphis on Saturday for a congressional town hall meeting that quickly deviated into a raucous shouting free-for-all, requiring extra law enforcement officers to watch over the scene.
Discussion: American Street
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Reid plans town hall meeting over telephone
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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,” …
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Mexico and Canada Tussle Over Immigration  —  GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Ahead of President Obama's arrival in Mexico on Sunday night for a summit meeting of North American leaders, immigration was prompting significant behind-the-scenes debate.  But it was Mexicans entering Canada, not the United States, that was the contentious issue.
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: Sister Toldjah and Missourah
James Fallows:
Let's mark this moment in the health debate as it happens  —  Nearly fifteen years ago, after the collapse of the Clinton health-reform effort, I spent a lot of time working on an Atlantic article (and subsequent book chapter) about how, exactly, the discussion of the bill had become so unmoored …
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
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.
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 and Truthdig
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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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Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Houston mayoral candidates pitch plans to fight crime
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Livin' La Vida Loca
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
S.C. governor's plane use questioned
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Military Analysts Expect Long-Term, Costly U.S. Effort in Afghanistan
Washington Post:
Pay Czar Quietly Meets With Rescued Companies
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
OzyBama Will Meet The Same Fate
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Adrian Michaels / Telegraph:
A fifth of European Union will be Muslim by 2050
Los Angeles Times:
Criminal investigation into CIA treatment of detainees expected
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN