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10:50 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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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 Power and American Street
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Reid plans town hall meeting over telephone
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
Obama still isn't president in the south  —  Denying the leader's American birth is just another form of racism  —  A naive person might believe that Barack Hussein Obama was born, as he has long said he was, in Hawaii to a young American mother and a distant father from Kenya.
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 …
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: Hullabaloo and Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
How the White House's Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy  —  I'm a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration.  But I'm appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying arm to buy their support.
Discussion: Economist's View
 
 
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