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9:55 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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, The Page and Truthdig
Anthony Cordesman / Times of London:
More troops, fewer caveats. Let's get serious
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
General Jim Jones / Top Stories from CQ:
CQ Transcript: NSC Adviser Jones, Sens. Levin and Graham on CBS's ‘Face the Nation’
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.
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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 …
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
I am Kenneth Gladney
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.
Fox News:
No. 2 Senate Democrat ‘Open’ to Health Care Bill With No Public Option  —  The so-called public option is a hot topic of debate at town hall meetings across the country.  Supporters say it's needed to keep private insurance companies in check and extend affordable coverage to all.
Discussion: Open Congress and Viking Pundit
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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 …
Discussion: On Deadline, Wizbang and Pajamas Media
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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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: Hot Air and theblogprof
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 …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and TBogg
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.
Scott Lanman / Bloomberg:
Fed Focusing on Real-Estate Recession as Bernanke Convenes FOMC  —  Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — The collapse in commercial real estate is preventing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke from declaring the economy and financial markets are healed.  —  Property values have fallen 35 percent …
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 …
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 …
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Bank Will Allow Customers to Deposit Checks by iPhone  —  The Internet has taken a lot of the paperwork out of banking, but there is no avoiding paper when someone gives you a check.  Now one bank wants to let customers deposit checks immediately — through their phones.
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 …
 
 
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Burris Not Ruling Out Senate Race
Discussion: The Note and AmSpecBlog
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Effort to Rein In Pay on Wall Street Hits New Hurdle
Discussion: msnbc.com
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's grass-roots network is put to the test
Discussion: Right Wing News
Bob Bernick Jr / Deseret News:
Most Utahns still love Gov. Huntsman
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and The Fix
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
British Security Contractor Held by Iraqis in Fatal Shootings of Two Colleagues
Discussion: Danger Room
Scott / Power Line:
Does Linda Douglass know about this?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
I should have known better
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Northern Hemisphere Braces as Swine Flu Heads North
Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
He's on the trail and traveling light