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9:55 AM ET, August 11, 2009


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Political Punch:
White House Disputes Pelosi Contention that Town Hall Protests are “Un-American”  —  The White House disagreed this afternoon with the contention by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, that the disruptions at town hall meetings are …
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Obama to Defend Health-Care Plan at Town Hall After Disruptions  —  Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama will defend his efforts to overhaul the U.S. health-care system at a town hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, today after a series of protests met his fellow Democrats in recent days.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama to Push Health Care Reform in Town Hall Meetings
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
SEIU Recruits Obamacare Supporters to ‘Drown Out Voices’ …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Democrats fight back on healthcare, town halls
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 …
John / Power Line:
Hillary: Still Angry After All These Years  —  The Clintons' “two for the price of one” shtick was always pretty weird.  Hillary Clinton's one great career move was marrying Bill, a political genius.  But she often seemed to be burning with rage because her own equal, if not superior, merit was going unrecognized.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and TigerHawk
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Rate Obama Good or Excellent As A Leader, Down 19 Points From January
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies  —  (CNN) — Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday, the Special Olympics said.  She was 88.  —  Born on July 10, 1921, in Brookline, Massachusetts …
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Health Care ‘Death Panels’ a Myth  —  Claims That House Health Care Reform Bill Would Create ‘Death Panels’ Are Untrue  —  The accusations are shocking, inflammatory and often incorrect.  —  Shouts of “This is euthanasia!” and questions from angry citizens such as, “Adolph Hitler called his program the Final Solution.
Southern Beale:
Don't talk to me about death panels, Sarah Palin.
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Hill jets may be scrapped  —  The new congressional jets may be getting scrapped.  —  After an uproar over a proposed purchase of new executive jets for use by senior government officials, including members of Congress, the top Defense appropriator in the House has offered to eliminate funding …
Discussion: Right Pundits and Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:   Congress Retreats Over Jet Purchase
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
MSNBC anchor: Is “socialist” the new “N-word”?
Discussion: Below The Beltway
GOP senator calls for Sanford's impeachment  —  (CNN) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, already under fire for an extramarital relationship, should be impeached for abusing state finances, a Republican state senator said Monday.  —  Sen. David Thomas — the chairman of the Senate constitutional …
Discussion: The Page
Associated Press:
Productivity surges in the second quarter  —  Rises at fastest rate in six years; labor costs tumble  —  WASHINGTON - Productivity surged in the spring by the largest amount in almost six years while labor costs plunged at the fastest pace in nine years.  —  The Labor Department said Tuesday …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
DEFENDING THE BAILOUTS.  —  So Paul Krugman's column today makes the important point that government policy is the central reason that our recession hasn't become a depression and that the economy is poised for recovery.  It's especially timely as conservatives use the health-care debate …
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Israel clouds Obama's nuclear summit  —  President Barack Obama's call for a nuclear security summit next March could end up turning an uncomfortable spotlight on at least one nation — Israel - and further strain the administration's relations with the Jewish state, analysts said.
Washington Post:
Obama Web-Tracking Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns  —  The Obama administration is proposing to scale back a long-standing ban on tracking how people use government Internet sites with “cookies” and other technologies, raising alarms among privacy groups.  —  A two-week public comment …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Newsalert
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Megan McArdle:
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Jihadis thrice attacked Pakistan nuclear sites
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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6 Killed in Taliban Attack on City South of Kabul
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
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The Next Fannie Mae
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American Graduates Finding Jobs in China
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Who's Ready for a New, Race-Based Government Entity Called the …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
‘Concerned father’ on Fox: Obama's health-care reforms 'sentencing …
Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Judge sentences man to 6 months in jail for yawning
Discussion: On Deadline, The BLT and normblog
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