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7:40 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.
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 …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Right Wing's Anti-Health Care Icon Is Uninsured, Seeking Donations To Pay For Care (Updated)  —  Last week, during a scuffle between health care town hall protesters and SEIU members at a town hall hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), anti-health care reform protester Kenneth Gladney was injured and required hospitalization:
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Beat Me in St. Louis (cont)
Discussion: TBogg, Cold Fury and Pajamas Media
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Key Democrat Feels the Heat in Indiana District After Voting …
Gateway Pundit:   FACT vs FICTION: Kenneth Gladney Corrects the Leftist Lies …
Southern Beale:
Don't talk to me about death panels, Sarah Palin.  —  You, who so carelessly bolstered a lie about healthcare reform to score a cheap political point; you, the most craven of political opportunists, who fearmongers about some dystopian socialist/fascist fantasyland; you …
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 …
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.
Mike Stark / Firedoglake:
Perriello's Health Care Town Hall: Fear and Respect in VA-5  —  Last week I attended a couple of town halls: one in Maryland for Donna Edwards, and one in Danville, VA for Tom Perriello.  Going into them, I kinda figured that Edwards' event would be pretty tame, but Tom Perriello's would be raucous, if not violent.
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.
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
I Didn't Wake Up Planning to Write About Samuelson
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If Only We Had Some Means of Taking Rich People's Money and Devoting it to Public Purposes  —  Internal Revenue Service headquarters, Washington DC (cc photo by cliff1066)  —  I don't think it should come as a shock that the Obama administration's efforts to reign-in or reform compensation policies …
Jay Bookman:
It doesn't take Stephen Hawking to figure this one out  —  The conservative opinion magazine Human Events was reputedly Ronald Reagan's favorite read, and to this day fancies itself the house organ for the hard-right intelligentsia.  Among those published regularly in its pages are such luminaries as Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter.
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.
New York Times:
Obama Says Immigration Changes Must Wait Till 2010  —  GUADALAJARA, Mexico — President Obama said Monday that efforts to change the immigration system would be a major focus for his administration only next year, after other major priorities were accomplished, including passage of a new health care system.
Discussion: TalkLeft
CNN Poll: Dems becoming less popular but no gains for GOP  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll indicates that the Democratic party's becoming less popular with voters.  But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Monday, suggests that the Republican party has not been able to capitalize on the Democrats' downturn.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
George Soros Pledges $5 Million To Bankroll Health Care Reform Push, Group Says  —  In another sign of the urgency gripping the pro-health care reform camp, billionaire George Soros has pledged to sink $5 million into the fight, the group getting the money confirmed.
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Cold Fury
The Huffington Post:
Our Fuzzy President Is About To Come Into Focus  —  We're finally going to get to know the real President Obama.  —  Once the final outlines of health-care legislation become clear, we'll know what really matters to him.  Where he draws the line.  How he wields the levers of power.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Our Unconstitutional Census  —  California could get nine House seats it doesn't deserve because illegal aliens will be counted in 2010.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Next year's census will determine the apportionment of House members and Electoral College votes for each state.
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Expelled From the New York Times  —  My sister nailed it many years ago when she said, “Your basic human is not such a hot item.”  —  Keep that filed in your head as I tell my little tale.  —  About five or six years ago, roughly, I was solicited to write a column every two weeks for the Sunday New York Times Business Section.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval: Highest in D.C., Hawaii, Vermont  —  PRINCETON, NJ — From the time Barack Obama took office as president until the end of June, 63% of Americans, on average, approved of the job he was doing.  The breakdown of his half-year approval ratings at the state level shows …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
The McLaughlin Group: Pat Buchanan and Monica Crowley Claim the Government Wants to Promote Suicide to Save Money  —  John McLaughlin uses Pat Buchanan's fear mongering framing for his question on end of life counseling to begin this segment.  Buchanan claims that to save money …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sect'y Clinton sharply dismisses question about what her “husband thinks”  —  He may have been in the headlines last week for his rescue mission to North Korea, but Bill Clinton is not the secretary of State.  —  As the lady who is reminded a Congolese student and the world today:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Where Are The Doctors?  —  I did not envision that we could get this far down the road toward fundamental health care reform with so little input in the public discourse from physicians.  Sure, the AMA has come out in favor of the House bill that includes public option.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Althouse
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