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9:55 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.
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)
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Key Democrat Feels the Heat in Indiana District After Voting …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and DailyFinance
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.
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.
Lee H. Hamilton / Indianapolis Star:
As more U.S. troops arrive, is Afghan war worth it?  —  Seventy-five U.S. and NATO troops died in Afghanistan in July, the deadliest month for allied forces in nearly eight years of fighting.  More than 1,000 Afghan civilians have died this year, up 24 percent from 2008.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Hill jets may be scrapped  —  The new congressional jets may be getting scrapped.  —  After an uproar over a proposed purchase of new executive jets for use by senior government official, including members of Congress, the top Defense appropriator in the House has offered to eliminate funding …
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 …
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
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Why Obama will have to raise taxes  —  “Read my lips.  No new taxes.”  George Bush senior made that fatally memorable promise during his campaign for the White House.  Later he saw that for the sake of the economy he would have to break it.  When he did the right thing and went back on his word, he was vilified.
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.
Noel Sheppard /
MSNBC Anchor: “Socialist' Is Becoming the New N-word'  —  Did you know that when you refer to someone as a socialist, you're really calling them the N-word?  —  Such an astonishing hypothesis was offered by MSNBC's Carlos Watson Monday in a segment he refers to as “The ‘C’ Note.”
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.
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:
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.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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