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8:40 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.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
SEIU Recruits Obamacare Supporters to ‘Drown Out Voices’ in Conn. (Pelosi Will Be Appalled at the 'Un-Americanness')  —  Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer decided to double down on some pretty distasteful messaging today, calling some of the opposition to health care reform, “un-American” …
Gateway Pundit:
FACT vs FICTION: Kenneth Gladney Corrects the Leftist Lies About the SEIU Attack That Put Him In the Hospital (Video)  —  Fact Versus Fiction:  —  False— Kenneth was hired by conservatives to stir up the violent attack that put him in the hospital.  —  Kenneth was there to hand out and sell merchandise.
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 and Cold Fury
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Key Democrat Feels the Heat in Indiana District After Voting …
Discussion: DailyFinance and Weekly Standard
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 …
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Sarah Palin: Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama's ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.”  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!
Rasmussen Reports:
32% Favor Single-Payer Health Care, 57% Oppose  —  Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters nationwide favor a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% are opposed to a single-payer plan.
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
On Health Care, 51% Fear Government More Than Insurance Companies
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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, Cold Fury and RedState
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Tsongas: I won't take ObamaCare because I have better options  —  Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) manages to answer the question that Keith Ellison (D-MN) and the rest of her Obama-care supporting colleagues in both the House and Senate have avoided.  The crowd, however, didn't like the response very much, and lets Tsongas know it.
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 …
Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Judge sentences man to 6 months in jail for yawning  —  6-month term given by judge who has doled out the most charges of contempt in Will  —  Clifton Williams arrived at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet and sat in the fourth-floor courtroom where his cousin was pleading guilty to a felony drug charge.
Discussion: On Deadline and The BLT
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Governors oppose DoD emergency powers  —  A bipartisan pair of governors is opposing a new Defense Department proposal to handle natural and terrorism-related disasters, contending that a murky chain of command could lead to more problems than solutions.  —  Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) …
Discussion: Raw Story and Pajamas Media
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
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Ezra Klein:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The New Urbanity
Discussion: Eschaton and Calculated Risk
Michael J. Totten:
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Where Are The Doctors?
Discussion: Liberal Values and Althouse
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Who Are These People?
Discussion: Redhot