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12:30 AM ET, August 13, 2009


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: New Gallup poll shows town hall protests winning over independents?  —  Either indies have suddenly developed a taste for Nazi mobs of political terrorists or the Democrats' message war on ObamaCare opponents is a rather epic fail.  —  Given the left's monopoly on wisdom and virtue, I must reluctantly conclude it's the former.
Discussion: QandO
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Town Hall Meetings Generate Interest, Some Sympathy
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Swamp
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele laughs at Specter  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele burst out laughing Wednesday after watching a clip of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) insisting that the town hall protesters are “not necessarily representative of America.”  —  Asked to respond to the clip during …
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Grassley: Government shouldn't ‘decide when to pull the plug on grandma’
Patterico's Pontifications:
Roxana Mayer: I'm Not a Doctor But I Play One at Town Hall Meetings  —  It took some work to get the admission, but I got it.  —  I wrote Roxana Mayer at her University of Houston e-mail address today and said: … Mayer responded, from a different e-mail address that was associated with her name:
Raleigh News & Observer:
Survey finds Obama birthplace still an issue in N. Carolina  —  Barely half of N.C. voters believe President Obama was born in the United States, according to a poll released Tuesday.  —  Public Policy Polling surveyed 749 North Carolina voters Aug. 4-10, and found that 54 percent believe that Obama was born in the United States.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ria Misra / Politics Daily:
Only 24 Percent of North Carolina Republicans Think Obama Was Born in U.S.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Senate Guru
Eugene Debs / The New Majority:   Birthers: Ignorance is No Excuse
Daniel Gross / Slate:
Who Won the Recession?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Politico:
Town hall anger rages on  —  Out on the health care firing line, senators and members of Congress continued to get battered by constituents angry over President Barack Obama's reform plan Wednesday — with voters raising questions about everything from assisted suicide to coverage for illegal immigrants.
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 …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Says he flubbed stats  —  Before presenting tennis legend Billie Jean King with the Medal of Freedom Wednesday, President Obama ticked off some ...  ... of her accomplishments: 12 Grand Slam titles, 101 doubles titles, 67 singles titles.  —  “Pretty good, Billie Jean,” he quipped.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Scared Monkeys
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
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.
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book  —  It's not all that surprising that Yale University Press would be wary of reprinting notoriously controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a forthcoming book.  After all, when the 12 caricatures were first published by a Danish newspaper …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: Democrats Bring Obama-As-Hitler Signs to Town Halls  —  Last week, Think Progress produced four pictures of protesters linking Obama or his health-care plan to Nazism.  —  The left-wing blog's work was dutifully reproduced by The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan to refute my contention …
Seton Motley /
NBC, CNN and MSNBC All Assign Communist LaRouche's Obama-Hitler Poster …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Low-life teabagger protestor tears up poster of Rosa Parks at health care town hall  —  Wow.  Just.  Wow.  All I know is if this is the path these people are taking, the darkest days are ahead.  Exclusive video from an incident at Senator McCaskill's town hall in eastern Missouri:
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Clinton's Flash of Pique in Congo  —  ABUJA, Nigeria — It was hot.  She was tired.  And it had been a long day in Africa.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was onstage in Kinshasa, Congo's shabby capital, in an auditorium packed with Congolese students.
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 …
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Cheney Uncloaks His Frustration With Bush  —  ‘Statute of Limitations Has Expired’ on Many Secrets, Former Vice President Says  —  In his first few months after leaving office, former vice president Richard B. Cheney threw himself into public combat against the “far left” agenda of the new commander in chief.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
At What Cost, Cutting Off A Leg?  —  An amusing press release from the governing body for American surgeons:
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 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
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