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3:05 AM ET, August 10, 2009

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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.
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Deficit grew by $181 billion in July  —  Bailouts for financial firms and billions in tax revenue lost because of the recession drove the deficit to a record $1.3 trillion in July, according to the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  —  Tax receipts that have fallen due …
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Congressional Budget Expert Says Preventive Care Will Raise — Not Cut — Costs  —  In yet more disappointing news for Democrats pushing for health care reform, Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, offered a skeptical view Friday of the cost savings that could result …
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.
Anthony Cordesman / Times of London:
More troops, fewer caveats.  Let's get serious  —  What should be an integrated civil-military effort in Afghanistan is instead a wasteful mess.  This is how we can fix it  —  In Afghanistan Nato/ISAF faces challenges that go far beyond the normal limits of counter-insurgency and military strategy.
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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.
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?
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.
 
 
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