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7:30 PM ET, August 12, 2009


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The Huffington Post:
Grassley Endorses “Death Panel” Rumor: “You Have Every Right To Fear”  —  One of the three Republican senators working on a bipartisan health care bill perpetuated a particularly outrageous untruth about the legislation on Wednesday.  —  Appearing at a town hall in his home state of Iowa …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Pressure  —  Looking at the health care debate …
BUSTED!:  “Obama As Hitler” Poster Was A Democrat/Union Plant At John Dingell Townhall!  UPDATED with video interview!  —  ***scroll to bottom for an important update (after reading the post of course!)  Watering the plants, as Glenn Reynolds would say.  Nancy Pelosi, the dimmest bulb …
Michelle Malkin:
Little girl at Obama town hall has not-so-random political connections
Seton Motley /
NBC, CNN and MSNBC All Assign Communist LaRouche's Obama-Hitler Poster …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dianne Feinstein's Office Gripes To White House About OFA-Inspired Constituent Visits  —  A rare bit of friction between Dems and Obama's political operation, Organizing for America:  —  Aides to Senator Dianne Feinstein have complained to the White House about a deluge of visits to her offices …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Republicans Charge Democrats With Confusing Constituents
Discussion: Moe Lane and
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Green to require photo ID at town halls
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   Blue on Blue: Feinstein Gripes About Organizing for America Campaign
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Reelect Me, You Un-American Political Terrorists!
John Mackey / Wall Street Journal:
The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare  —  Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out  —  of other people's money.  —Margaret Thatcher
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Sanford: It's ‘hard’ living alone in governor's mansion  —  (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford opened up about the state of his family on Wednesday — the first time he has done so since his wife, Jenny, moved out of the governor's mansion last week.  —  Asked during a radio interview …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's healthcare horror  —  Buyer's remorse?  Not me.  At the North American summit in Guadalajara this week, President Obama resumed the role he is best at — representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad.  This is why I, for one, voted for Obama and continue to support him.
CNN Poll: Favorable view of Palin dipping  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Americans appear to be souring on Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.  —  Thirty-nine percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion …
The Politico:
The Democrats' senior problem  —  Democrats have a senior citizen problem.  —  Frustrated older Americans are packing the town halls on health care.  They are incredibly passionate about their Medicare benefits.  Polls show senior citizens largely disapprove of health care reform ideas so far.
Eugene Debs / The New Majority:
Birthers: Ignorance is No Excuse  —  According to Public Policy Polling (PPP), a North Carolina polling firm, only 24% of self-identified Republican voters in the state believe Barack Obama was born in the United States.  47% do not believe that Obama is American born, and 29% of Republicans aren't sure.
Daniel Gross / Slate:
Who Won the Recession?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Susan Page / USA Today:
New poll highlights health care attitudes  —  WASHINGTON — The raucous protests at congressional town hall meetings have succeeded in fueling opposition to proposed health care bills among some Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — particularly the independents who tend to be at the center of political debates.
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Analysis: Press Largely Ignored Incendiary Rhetoric at Bush Protest  —  News outlets that are focusing on the incendiary rhetoric of conservatives outside President Obama's town hall meeting Tuesday ignored the incendiary rhetoric — and even violence — of liberals outside an appearance by former President George W. Bush in 2002.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Michelle Malkin's attacking little kids again  —  Wasn't Malkin's infamous, and creepy, 2007 Baltimore drive-by* bad enough?  I guess not, because now Malkin's zeroing in on a young Massachusetts school girl.  Why?  Because she got to ask president Obama a question at a town hall forum.  Bad idea!
Wall Street Journal:
A President as Micromanager  —  WASHINGTON — In briefing President Barack Obama one day this spring, White House economist Jared Bernstein delved into such arcana as the yields on different forms of credit relative to the risk.  Later, Paul Volcker pulled Mr. Bernstein aside.
Jim Shella / WISH-TV:
GOP demanding apology from Baron Hill  —  INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana Congressman Baron Hill is on the hot seat in the health care reform debate.  —  Hill is a leader of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, Moderates and Conservatives who recently won a health care compromise.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June suggests that economic activity is leveling out.  Conditions in financial markets have improved further in recent weeks.  Household spending has continued to show signs of stabilizing …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Deeds Shakes Up Campaign  —  Larry Sabato, proprietor of the excellent Crystal Ball, offers this report on the Virginia gubernatorial race:  —  One good way to separate happy, successful campaigns from troubled ones is to watch for staff upheavals.  Often, these occur in the summer when polls go south for one candidate.
Discussion: Virginia Politics
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson  —  On Wednesday, President Obama will drape the Presidential Medal of Freedom around the neck of former Irish president Mary Robinson.  The White House says Robinson deserves it because she was the first female president of Ireland and is a “prominent crusader for women's rights.”
Brian Barber / Tulsa World:
Falling says putting Christian creationism display in the Tulsa Zoo is top priority  —  Republican mayoral candidate Anna Falling said Tuesday that putting a Christian creationism display in the Tulsa Zoo is No. 1 in importance among city issues that include violent crime, budget woes and bumpy streets.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Leaked Email: CNBC Went To Tea Partiers Looking for Angry Protests  —  CNBC approached Tea Party activists, looking for angry protest events that would make good television, according to a leaked email from a Tea Party discussion group.  And one Tea Bagger responded by flagging an upcoming event that …
Michael Scherer / Time:
Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama's ‘Deadly Doctor,’ Strikes Back  —  Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, special advisor for health care at the Office of Management and Budget, speaks March 11 at the American Medical Association's annual conference in Washington  —  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the medical ethicist …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Michigan madness  —  Things are pretty bad in my native state of Michigan, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate and is the headquarters of government- and union-owned General Motors and Chrysler.  Conditions are so bad that they seen to have sent some Michiganians …
Discussion: Don Surber
Niall Ferguson / The Huffington Post:
Why My Comparing Obama to Felix the Cat Is Not Racist  —  I read this with incredulity.  —  So it's racist to compare President Obama with Felix the Cat?  Oh dear, the seemingly dead body of political correctness just twitched.  Let's try logic, shall we?  —  1. Black cats are proverbially lucky.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Paul Krugman
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi Immigrants Struggle to Adjust to Life in U.S.  —  Not long after the Iraq war began in 2003, Uday Hattem al-Ghanimi was accosted by several men outside the American military base where he managed a convenience store.  They accused him of abetting the Americans, and one fired a pistol at his head.
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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David Shalleck-Klein / The Hill:
Many Pa. Dems mum on Specter-Sestak race
Shira Schoenberg / Concord Monitor:
Ayotte stresses security
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Low-life teabagger protestor tears up poster of Rosa Parks at health care town hall
United Nations:
Remarks to the Global Environment Forum
Discussion: and Right Wing News
Jordan Fabian / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Dingell letter to town hall protester: ‘I understand your concern’
 Earlier Items: 
John M. Guilfoil / Boston Globe:
Fog bank adds an air of mystery to a Boston afternoon
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Mark Preston / CNN:
First on the Ticker: Nelson buys TV time on health care
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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The Truth About Health Insurance