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11:10 AM ET, August 10, 2009

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USA Today:
‘Un-American’ attacks can't derail health care debate  —  Americans have been waiting for nearly a century for quality, affordable health care.  —  Health coverage for all was on the national agenda as early as 1912, thanks to Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose presidential run.
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Debra J. Saunders / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dissent is patriotic - not  —  Imagine it's four years ago and an aide to President George W. Bush posted a blog on the Whitehouse.gov Web site that bemoaned Internet criticism of the Iraq war, then continued: “These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails or through casual conversations.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Limbaugh responds to David Brooks' “insane” comment
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Cold Fury
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Now Winning  —  U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Warns of Rising Casualties  —  By YOCHI J. DREAZEN in Kabul and PETER SPIEGEL in Washington  —  The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy …
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James Risen / New York Times:
U.S. to Hunt Down Afghan Drug Lords Tied to Taliban  —  WASHINGTON — Fifty Afghans believed to be drug traffickers with ties to the Taliban have been placed on a Pentagon target list to be captured or killed, reflecting a major shift in American counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan …
Anthony Cordesman / Times of London:
More troops, fewer caveats. Let's get serious
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Taylor Marsh
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Beat Me in St. Louis (cont)  —  As Jim Treacher says: If Kenneth Gladney was an Obama supporter, right now he'd be more famous than Rodney King.  Gotta love this “post-racial America”: Democrat union heavies can beat up a black guy using racial epithets and leave him in a wheelchair unable to speak …
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Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
I am Kenneth Gladney
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GLADNEY THE UNINSURED ACTIVIST.... Over the last few days …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Averting the Worst  —  So it seems that we aren't going to have a second Great Depression after all.  What saved us?  The answer, basically, is Big Government.  —  Just to be clear: the economic situation remains terrible, indeed worse than almost anyone thought possible not long ago.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unfunny Truth  —  It's been a melancholy summer for social conservatives.  Their movement is fighting a rearguard battle in Barack Obama's Washington.  A cluster of family-values politicians — some of whom bunked down in the same Christian-sponsored D.C. townhouse …
Michelle Malkin:
Rep. Tsongas tries to explain why Congress is exempt from Obamacare.  Fails.  —  Herein lies the ultimate Achilles' Heel of Obamacare.  Watch as Democrat Rep. Niki Tsongas of Massachussetts attempts to explain why Congress is exempt from the government health care takeover mandates.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Tsongas: I won't take ObamaCare because I have better options
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and theblogprof
Scott / Power Line:
Does Linda Douglass know about this?  —  Last week White House flack Linda Douglass responded to a video of Barack Obama expressing support for a government takeover of the health care system (i.e., “single payer") with a vehement denial.  Douglass disparaged the video of Obama as “disinformation.”
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Government Health Care in Stealth Mode
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
John Harwood / New York Times:
Tumultuous Environment Makes a Health Care Compromise More Unlikely  —  Spontaneous or contrived, the shouting, shoving and other shenanigans at lawmakers' town-hall-style meetings point to one probable outcome: the demise of bipartisan health care negotiations.
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Political Punch:
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 …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Deficit grew by $181 billion in July
Wall Street Journal:
Opposition Emerges to House's Jet Spree  —  WASHINGTON — Bipartisan opposition is emerging in the Senate to a plan by House lawmakers to spend $550 million for additional passenger jets for senior government officials.  —  The resistance to buying eight Gulfstream and Boeing planes comes …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Who Are These People?  —  This probably isn't the ideal way for congressmen to handle their constituents: … One has the sense that lawmakers are just stunned that ordinary citizens would have the temerity to speak up.  Spending most of their time with staffers, lobbyists, and fellow legislators …
Discussion: Redhot
Rasmussen Reports:
On Health Care, 51% Fear Government More Than Insurance Companies  —  When it comes to health care decisions, 51% of the nation's voters fear the federal government more than private insurance companies.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% hold the opposite view and fear the insurance companies more.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'IT'S NOT IN THE BILL'.... The health care discussion between Howard Dean and Newt Gingrich on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” yesterday was pretty good, and it covered a fair amount of ground in a short period of time.  There was one exchange, though, that stood out for me.
Financial Times:
Banks make $38bn from overdraft fees  —  US banks stand to collect a record $38.5bn in fees for customer overdrafts this year, with the bulk of the revenue coming from the most financially stretched consumers amid the deepest recession since the 1930s, according to research.
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
House Dems set up healthcare ‘war room’  —  House Democratic leaders have set up a healthcare “war room” to help their rank-and-file members navigate a tumultuous August in which they find themselves on the defensive on their signature issue.  —  The effort is being run out of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
At AOL, It's Politics Daily, Not Hourly  —  After a quarter-century as a military correspondent, David Wood knew the drill as he reported from Afghanistan last week, in helmet and flak jacket, on the intricacies of the U.S. war effort.  —  But this time he was writing for a fledgling Web site …
 
 
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Key Democrat Feels the Heat in Indiana District After Voting …
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Effort to Rein In Pay on Wall Street Hits New Hurdle
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and msnbc.com
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's grass-roots network is put to the test
Discussion: Right Wing News
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
I should have known better
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