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1:00 AM ET, August 14, 2009


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Finance Committee to drop end-of-life provision  —  The Senate Finance Committee will drop a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from its proposed healthcare bill, its top Republican member said Thursday.  —  The committee, which has worked on putting together …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
For ‘Death Panels’ Before She Was Against Them?  Palin Endorsed End Of Life Counseling As Governor  —  In recent weeks, right-wing groups have been pushing the myth that health care reform will somehow kill seniors.  One of the most high profile voices pushing this lie has been Sarah Palin …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
All Hail Bipartisanship!  Grassley Kills End Of Life Provision, Attacks Dems For Leaving It “Open To Interpretation”  —  If there were ever a day where Dems had an opening to argue that Republicans are the ones responsible for putting hopes for a bipartisan health care compromise on life support, today would appear to be it.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Impolitic
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Giuliani says Sarah Palin's debunked ‘death panels’ claim is legit.  —  Yet another prominent Republican has endorsed former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's astonishingly false claim, which she doubled down on today, that health care reform will lead to “death panels.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
British Growing Tired of GOP Lies About UK Health Care
Discussion: Washington Post and PERRspectives
The Huffington Post:
Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma  —  A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.
Sources: Edwards to admit paternity of ex-mistress' child  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Sources have told WRAL News that they expect former U.S. Sen. John Edwards to admit that he is the father of his former mistress' 18-month-old daughter.  —  Edwards, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate …
Jim Iovino / NBC Washington:
“Death to Obama” Sign Holder Detained by Secret Service  —  Secret Service now involved  —  There were signs comparing President Barack Obama to a Nazi and showing him with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache, but federal officials believe another sign referencing the president and his family went too far.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Lawrence O'Donnell Exposes Clueless Town Hall Protester  —  Lawrence O'Donnell filled in for Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday, and somehow managed to avoid savaging clueless town hall protester, Katy Abram.  Abram went on a moronic tirade at Senator Arlen Specter's town hall meeting on Tuesday …
Discussion: and Sadly, No!
Michelle Oddis / Human Events:
BREAKING: Obama Official Linked to Racially Charged Boycott of Glenn Beck  —  A racially charged activist group called “Color of Change” founded by Van Jones, a special advisor to the Obama Administration, is trying to silence popular radio and Fox News personality Glenn Beck by calling for a boycott of Beck's TV advertisers.
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
It's Hip to Be Round  —  THIS summer the unvarying male uniform in the precincts of Brooklyn cool has been a pair of shorts cut at knickers length, a V-neck Hanes T-shirt, a pair of generic slip-on sneakers and a straw fedora.  Add a leather cuff bracelet if the coolster is gay.
Discussion: Gawker, Althouse and The New Republic
Rasmussen Reports:
Trust on Issues  —  Voters Give GOP First-Time Lead on Health Care  —  For the first time in over two years of polling, voters trust Republicans slightly more than Democrats on the handling of the issue of health care.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that voters favor the GOP on the issue 44% to 41%.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election
Political Punch:
Zeke Emanuel on Sarah Palin's Accusation of ‘Death Panels’: 'It's An Absolute Outrage'  —  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the health-policy adviser at the White House's Office of Management and Budget — who has been caricatured by conservatives as a “Dr. Death” seeking to pull the I.V.s …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, CBS News and The Note
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Boswell: Obama willing to be one-term president  —  Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines, Iowa) held a town hall meeting in Sigourney this afternoon.  Despite one group's ad which “thanks Boswell for his support” of health care reform, Boswell told the crowd he may vote against it.
Discussion: The Page
John O'Brien / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Mom in minivan tasered twice in Salina traffic stop; camera captures deputy's rough roadside arrest (VIDEO)  —  In January, an Onondaga County sheriff's deputy pulled over Audra Harmon, who had two of her kids with her in her minivan.  A routine traffic stop escalated quickly.
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Air traffic controller suspended, was chatting on phone with girlfriend during Hudson River crash  —  See shocking new video below.  —  WASHINGTON — The air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport was on the phone with his girlfriend during Saturday's deadly air collision over the Hudson River, the Daily News has learned.
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker Ed Schultz: Opponents Want Obama Dead  —  THE ‘ED’ POOL  —  Schultz Claims Conservatives ‘Want Obama To Get Shot’  —  *** EXCLUSIVE TO THE RADIO EQUALIZER ***  —  With ObamaCare running into enormous public opposition, the effort by Democrats to demonize both concerned citizens …
Statement from the American College of Surgeons Regarding  —  Recent Comments from President Obama  —  CHICAGO—The American College of Surgeons is deeply disturbed over the uninformed public comments President Obama continues to make about the high-quality care provided by surgeons in the United States.
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Withholding Is Bad for Democracy  —  So is the payroll tax.  End them both and voters will have a healthier understanding of the government burden.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  America is supposed to be a democracy in which we're all in it together.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Reid: Protesters are ‘evil-mongers’  —  Town hall protesters are “evil-mongers,” says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)  —  Reid coined the term in a speech to an energy conference in Las Vegas this week and repeated it in an interview with Politics Daily.
The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Misplaced Rage  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Leading conservative economist Bruce Bartlett writes that the Obama-hating town-hall mobs have it wrong—the person they should be angry with left the White House seven months ago.  —  Where is the evidence that everything would be better if Republicans were in charge?
No Sheeples Here:
Obama Is Trying To Sell Us A Hunk Of Junk  —  As a person who has diabetes, I am infuriated at the propaganda being churned out by the current occupant of the Oval Office and his underlings in furtherance of America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (ObamaCare).
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: 'Don't let them Palinize me!'  —  Michele Bachmann is tossing around a new verb: “Palinize.”  —  In the subject line of a fundraising pitch, Bachmann sends out a plea for money saying, “Don't let them Palinize me!”  —  Bachmann goes on to explain that Sarah Palin has been demonized by the left …
Discussion: MyDD and GOP 12
Man Wanted for Terrorist Threats in Standoff at Federal Building  —  The suspect made an unspecified threat against the White House, according to a law enforcement source.  —  WESTWOOD — A man accused of making threats against the White House led officers on a wild freeway chase that ended in a standoff outside the Federal Building.
The Huffington Post:
Clyburn: Town Hall Protests Like Horrid Anti-Civil Rights Demonstrations  —  The third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives on Thursday compared the disruptive protesters at recent health care town halls to people who unleashed dogs and spat on civil rights demonstrators during the 1960s.
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Mohammed is most popular boy's name in four biggest Dutch cities  —  Mohammed, or other variations of the name of Islam's founding prophet, has become the most popular name choice for baby boys in the four biggest cities of the Netherlands.  —  Information collected by the country's social security agency …
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Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
Muslims, Arabs among J Street donors
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Atlas Shrugs
Matthew Balan /
Kudos: CNN's Sanchez Presses Jackson-Lee Over Weird Claim Phone Video Was ‘Doctored’
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Scared Monkeys
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, Rep. Betsy Markey: You're invited to a town hall meeting you refuse to hold!
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
President Obama the Trout Fisherman
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Obama's surgeon general nominee advises Burger King
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Wizbang
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