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11:30 AM ET, August 11, 2009


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Ezra Klein:
Is the Government Going to Euthanize your Grandmother?  An Interview With Sen. Johnny Isakson.  —  Sarah Palin's belief that the House health-care reform bill would create “death panels” might be particularly extreme, but she's hardly the only person to wildly misunderstand the section …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVE SENATOR CALLS PALIN ARGUMENT ‘NUTS’.... The health care reform bills working their way through Congress include a provision that shouldn't be controversial.  Medicare would pay for voluntary counseling sessions on advance care planning between patients and physicians.
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Health Care ‘Death Panels’ a Myth  —  Claims That House Health Care Reform Bill Would Create ‘Death Panels’ Are Untrue  —  The accusations are shocking, inflammatory and often incorrect.  —  Shouts of “This is euthanasia!” and questions from angry citizens such as, “Adolph Hitler called his program the Final Solution.
Political Punch:
White House Disputes Pelosi Contention that Town Hall Protests are “Un-American”
The Hill:
Obama to enter town hall fray
Discussion: Instapundit
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Tone-Deaf Health Campaign
Discussion: Founding Bloggers and Betsy's Page
Political Punch:
Lost in Translation: Clinton Says She, Not Bill, is the Secretary of State  —  ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost her cool Monday after a Congolese student, speaking through a translator, asked her what “Mr. Clinton” thought about a Chinese trade deal …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Rate Obama Good or Excellent As A Leader, Down 19 Points From January
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Carla Baranauckas / New York Times:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics, Dies at 88  —  Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a member of one of the most prominent families in American politics and a trailblazer in the effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, died early Tuesday morning at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. She was 88.
J.Y. Smith / Washington Post:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics, Dies at 88
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The BLT
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Sarah Palin Resigned Due To Marital Troubles, Says Levi Johnston  —  Sarah Palin's marriage has been in trouble from the beginning, says Levi Johnston, the father of their grandson Tripp and ex-fiance of daughter Bristol.  —  What's more Levi told …
Niall Ferguson / Financial Times:
A runaway deficit may soon test Obama's luck  —  Felix the Cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat!  Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks!  —  President Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat.  One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black.
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Poll: Reid would lose if Lowden were to run  —  Republican Sue Lowden would defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid by 6 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, according to a poll of likely Nevada voters.  —  Unfortunately for Reid-bashers, Lowden isn't running — at least not yet.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP rebranding effort flames out  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) generated the kind of buzz other politicians covet when he launched his bid to help rebrand the Republican Party last spring.  —  Television crews and reporters wedged themselves among the crowd of party faithful to cover …
Associated Press:
Productivity surges in the second quarter  —  Rises at fastest rate in six years; labor costs tumble  —  WASHINGTON - Productivity surged in the spring by the largest amount in almost six years while labor costs plunged at the fastest pace in nine years.  —  The Labor Department said Tuesday …
GOP senator calls for Sanford's impeachment  —  (CNN) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, already under fire for an extramarital relationship, should be impeached for abusing state finances, a Republican state senator said Monday.  —  Sen. David Thomas — the chairman of the Senate constitutional …
Discussion: The Page
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
New Poster Reveals the Ugly Face of Racism  —  (SATIRE ALERT: On the heels of the much commented upon Joker poster of President Obama, a new poster has emerged from an another anonymous artist that has people chattering once again...)  —  Don't be misled.  These new posters featuring Barack …
Discussion: American Power
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Dingell says town hall mobs remind him of the Ku Klux Klan.  —  Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), currently the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, has been on the receiving end of some rowdy town hall meetings recently.  People in attendance have displayed signs comparing President Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
The Next Fannie Mae  —  Ginnie Mae and FHA are becoming $1 trillion subprime guarantors.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Much to their dismay, Americans learned last year that they “owned” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Well, meet their cousin, Ginnie Mae or the Government National Mortgage Association …
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Jawa Report
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Republicans Go After Democratic Base in N.J.  —  National Republicans are going up with television and radio ads targeting two pillars of the Democratic base — Hispanics and environmentally-minded voters — in the New Jersey governor's race, a sign of their increasing confidence …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and
John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Mary Robinson's Medal of Freedom  —  Anti-Americanism and anti-Israel activism win Obama's approbation.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Barack Obama's decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson has generated unexpected but emotionally charged opposition.
Washington Post:
White House Decries Physicians Committee's Poster, Which Mentions Obama Girls  —  The posters went up last week, 14 in Union Station.  On each of the large displays, a thought bubble rises up from a picture of a beautiful 8-year-old: “President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches.
Discussion: Political Punch
Pam Spaulding / Salon:
What if your health insurance company says no?  —  Editor's note: Glenn Greenwald is on vacation this week.  Pam Spaulding is guest-blogging today.  —  With the whole debate about healthcare reform swirling about, for the lay person, the level of misinformation, scare tactics and political posturing on both sides is tiresome.
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
State Democrats Fear That Paterson Is Liability
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Legislature overrides Palin's veto on stimulus
Megan McArdle:
Rationing By Any Other Name  —  Robert Wright notes that …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and The Daily Dish
Washington Post:
Obama Web-Tracking Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns
Discussion: The Raw Story and Newsalert
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Israel clouds Obama's nuclear summit
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
DEFENDING THE BAILOUTS.  —  So Paul Krugman's column today makes …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Tea Party Rage — Rage Against The Dying Of The Right
Matt Welch / Reason:
Who's Ready for a New, Race-Based Government Entity Called the …
Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Judge sentences man to 6 months in jail for yawning
Discussion: On Deadline, The BLT and normblog