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10:45 PM ET, August 12, 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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Health-care protests ‘appropriate:’ 61 pct.  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill's hearing in Missouri, above, is an example of the meetings that have gotten rough.  See another angle below, which explains the tussle as an episode with implications that transcend the health-care debate.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Town Hall Meetings Generate Interest, Some Sympathy
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’
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
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   Blue on Blue: Feinstein Gripes About Organizing for America Campaign
Fox News:
White House Says Girl With Campaign Ties Chosen at ‘Random’ to Speak at Obama Town Hall  —  The White House acknowledged Wednesday that many audience members were friendly, but said the president chose questions at random and didn't know his questioners.  —
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!
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 …
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.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Reelect Me, You Un-American Political Terrorists!
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Green to require photo ID at town halls
Ria Misra / Politics Daily:
Only 24 Percent of North Carolina Republicans Think Obama Was Born in U.S.  —  A poll released Tuesday from Public Policy Polling shows just 24 percent of Republicans in North Carolina believe that President Obama was born in the United States, despite all evidence that he was indeed born in Hawaii.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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
Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: ‘There Are Death Counselors’  —  Rep. John Mica (R-FL) is soldiering on with the right wing claims that health care reform legislation would include provisions for “death counselors.”  —  Mica told a local radio station, “There are death counselors.
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 Likosky / The Huffington Post:
Bailout California Now!  — The Top 10 Reasons  —  1. CALIFORNIA PROVIDES CRITICAL SERVICES:  —  The recent State budget is deeply flawed.  It relies upon questionable income assumptions and possibly illegal raids of county and city funds.  But, to our thinking, the worst problem …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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David Shalleck-Klein / The Hill:
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Discussion: Senate Guru
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