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12:55 PM 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  —  Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that town-hall attendees critical of the Democratic health care makeover were “carrying swastikas and symbols like that” to meetings.  The next day, Rush Limbaugh responded at length on his radio program …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GLADNEY THE UNINSURED ACTIVIST.... Over the last few days, a conservative activist in St. Louis named Kenneth Gladney seems to have become something of a cause celebre in far-right circles.  Depending on which version of events you choose to believe, Gladney either initiated or was involved …
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Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
I am Kenneth Gladney  —  OPINION/ANALYSIS:  —  The first round of protests against the Obama administration's chaotic and rapid-fire expansion of government came in the form of grass-roots “tea parties,” which were predictably met with scorn by the Democrat-Media Complex …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's Health Care Plan Just Expands Status Quo  —  “The status quo is unsustainable for families, businesses and government.”  — President Obama, June 13  —  One of the bewildering ironies of the health-care debate is that President Obama claims to be attacking the status quo when he's actually embracing it.
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Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
I Didn't Wake Up Planning to Write About Samuelson
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and Wake up America
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Megan McArdle:
The Politics of Cost Control
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.”
Discussion: The Foundry
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Government Health Care in Stealth Mode
Discussion: Cold Fury and Fausta's Blog
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 …
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
Jacob Gershman / New York Magazine:
Why Neoconservative Pundits Love Jon Stewart  —  Back in April, when the debate over torture was roaring, Jon Stewart invited Cliff May, a national-security hawk and former spokesman for the Republican Party, to come on The Daily Show and defend waterboarding.  May was hesitant.
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.
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
The Cajun Boy / Gawker:
Meet America's New Celebrity ‘It’ Couple: Levi Johnston and Kathy Griffin  —  Well look who showed up holding hands on the red carpet at the Teen Choice Awards tonight!  America's most ubiquitous fag-hag and the Alaskan cock-gangsta himself.  It's love!  —  Of course, this is all just a publicity stunt.
Discussion: PopWatch and New York Magazine
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pelosi & Hoyer: Protestors “Un-American”  —  For the record, I wish some of these protestors were a bit more civil.  But I don't recall Nancy Pelosi declaring the Code Pink crowd “un-American.”  Moreover, if Pelosi and Hoyer had their way, these townhalls would be delivering a fait-accompli …
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Key Democrat Feels the Heat in Indiana District After Voting for House Health-Reform Plan  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — “The war's on,” says Rep. Baron P. Hill, and he's not talking about a conflict overseas, but a battle over health care in his own back yard, where thousands of people are trying to tell him what to do, some not so nicely.
Discussion: DailyFinance
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin urges restraint at town halls  —  A few days after suggesting that Democratic health care proposals being debated in Washington may imperil the life of her son, Trig, Sarah Palin on Sunday urged reform opponents to not give the opposition fodder by disrupting town halls.
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.
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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