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Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski: Don't tell lies about the health-care reform bill  —  HOT TOPIC: Some things in the legislation are already bad enough, she says at civic center.  —  —  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday told an Anchorage crowd that critics of health care reform …
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 …
Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Grassley: Government shouldn't ‘decide when to pull the plug on grandma’  —  WINTERSET — Americans should be scared of provisions in a health care bill currently in the U.S. House because it will allow the government to have a say in end-of-life decisions, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley told …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Pressure  —  Looking at the health care debate …
Michelle Malkin:
Little girl at Obama town hall has not-so-random political connections  —  As we always like to point out: There are no coincidences in Obama world.  —  Via the Boston Globe: Surprise! … Tons of readers point to this post tracking Hall's political footprint, including this Facebook page and photo:
Gateway Pundit:
Bus—ted... Obama Bussed In Supporters For New Hampshire Town Hall (Video)
Discussion: Political Byline, Wizbang and Hot Air
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
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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: Democrats Bring Obama-As-Hitler Signs to Town Halls
Seton Motley /
NBC, CNN and MSNBC All Assign Communist LaRouche's Obama-Hitler Poster …
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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Green to require photo ID at town halls  —  A Texas congressman, worried about disruptions at his town halls, wants to weed out people who want to attend but don't live in his district.  —  Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) has announced on his website that he will require attendees …
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
Ria Misra / Politics Daily:
Only 24 Percent of North Carolina Republicans Think Obama Was Born in U.S.
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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 …
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!
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
2 U.S. Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11's Wake  —  WASHINGTON — Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were military retirees and psychologists, on the lookout for business opportunities.  They found an excellent customer in the Central Intelligence Agency, where in 2002 they became the architects …
Wall Street Journal:
The Truth About Health Insurance  —  Only nine states have the costly rules that Obama wants to impose nationwide.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The White House is priming the defibrillator paddles to revive ObamaCare, and its new strategy is to talk about “health-insurance reform,” rather than “health-care reform.”
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
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.”
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Holbrooke on Success in Afghanistan: 'We'll Know It When We See It'  —  At a filled-to-capacity event with most of the interagency team run by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to manage the deteriorating security and political conditions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Obama administration's special envoy …
Cindy Horswell / Houston Chronicle:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee denies trying to dodge foes  —  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee assured a sometimes raucous crowd at a town hall forum Tuesday that she is listening to their concerns about health care reform legislation.  —  At the same time, the Houston Democrat denied she had attempted …
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