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1:10 PM ET, August 11, 2009


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Rasmussen Reports:
Support for Congressional Health Care Reform Falls to New Low  —  Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low as just 42% of U.S. voters now favor the plan.  That's down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Tone-Deaf Health Campaign  —  The president shouldn't worry about the protestors disrupting town hall meetings.  He should worry about the Americans who have been sitting at home listening to him.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It didn't take chaotic town-hall meetings …
Rasmussen Reports:
32% Favor Single-Payer Health Care, 57% Oppose  —  Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters nationwide favor a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% are opposed to a single-payer plan.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   How Conservatives Are Blowing Their Chance
The Hill:
Obama to enter town hall fray
Discussion: Instapundit
Ezra Klein:
Is the Government Going to Euthanize your Grandmother?  An Interview With Sen. Johnny Isakson.  —  Sarah Palin's belief that the House health-care reform bill would create “death panels” might be particularly extreme, but she's hardly the only person to wildly misunderstand the section …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVE SENATOR CALLS PALIN ARGUMENT ‘NUTS’.... The health care reform bills working their way through Congress include a provision that shouldn't be controversial.  Medicare would pay for voluntary counseling sessions on advance care planning between patients and physicians.
Political Punch:
Lost in Translation: Clinton Says She, Not Bill, is the Secretary of State  —  ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost her cool Monday after a Congolese student, speaking through a translator, asked her what “Mr. Clinton” thought about a Chinese trade deal …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Was Hillary jetlagged? …
Discussion: CJR
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Congo's Rape Epidemic Worsens During U.S.-Backed Military Operation
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Specter faces angry crowd at town hall meeting  —  LEBANON, Pennsylvania (CNN) — A hostile crowd shouted questions and made angry statements Tuesday at a town hall meeting on health care led by Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter.  —  At one point, Specter shouted into his microphone …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABC RUNS SOLID FACT-CHECKING SEGMENT.... For all the complaining I do about news outlets struggling to sort out fact from fiction, it's only fair to point to a good example of the media actually informing the public about a controversy in a fair and accurate way.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Mike Madden / Salon:
The “death panels” are already here  —  Private companies are already doing it, with sometimes fatal results  —  The future of healthcare in America, according to Sarah Palin, might look something like this: A sick 17-year-old girl needs a liver transplant.
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Daily Kos
Carla Baranauckas / New York Times:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics, Dies at 88  —  Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a member of one of the most prominent families in American politics and a trailblazer in the effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, died early Tuesday morning at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. She was 88.
Bryan Marquard / Boston Globe:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88; member of Kennedy clan, founder of Special Olympics
Niall Ferguson / Financial Times:
A runaway deficit may soon test Obama's luck  —  Felix the Cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat!  Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks!  —  President Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat.  One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Sarah Palin Resigned Due To Marital Troubles, Says Levi Johnston  —  Sarah Palin's marriage has been in trouble from the beginning, says Levi Johnston, the father of their grandson Tripp and ex-fiance of daughter Bristol.  —  What's more Levi told …
Washington Post:
White House Decries Physicians Committee's Poster, Which Mentions Obama Girls  —  The posters went up last week, 14 in Union Station.  On each of the large displays, a thought bubble rises up from a picture of a beautiful 8-year-old: “President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Dingell: Protesters Remind Me of KKK  —  John Dingell (D-Mich) on MSNBC: … Note to Think Progress: You're supposed to blog about things that will hurt Republicans, not Democrats.  George Soros is going to be very very angry at you.
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Poll: Reid would lose if Lowden were to run  —  Republican Sue Lowden would defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid by 6 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, according to a poll of likely Nevada voters.  —  Unfortunately for Reid-bashers, Lowden isn't running — at least not yet.
Kiss my APA!  —  I've always been interested in really smart people who are cocksure about really dumb ideas.  Drew Westen's recent presentation at this year's American Psychological Association Conference in Toronto helped me explore this phenomenon even further.  <!—break—>
Discussion: Moonbattery and theblogprof
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP rebranding effort flames out  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) generated the kind of buzz other politicians covet when he launched his bid to help rebrand the Republican Party last spring.  —  Television crews and reporters wedged themselves among the crowd of party faithful to cover …
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
G.M. Says Volt Will Get Triple-Digit City Mileage  —  WARREN, Mich. — General Motors said Tuesday that its Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, scheduled for release in 2011, will achieve a fuel rating of 230 miles a gallon in city driving.  —  The rating is based on methodology drafted …
Fox News:
Sen. Cardin Booed, Jeered at Health Town Hall  —  Democratic senator from Maryland tries to explain health care reform working its way through Congress, but is booed and jeered repeatedly throughout his 25-minute presentation.  —  TOWSON, Md. — Sen. Ben Cardin had to shout his way through …
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