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10:10 PM ET, August 13, 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 …
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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
Political Punch:
Zeke Emanuel on Sarah Palin's Accusation of ‘Death Panels’ …
Discussion: CBS News and The Note
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
British Growing Tired of GOP Lies About UK Health Care
Discussion: Washington Post and PERRspectives
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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.
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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.
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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%.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election  —  Pennsylvania 2010 Senate Match-ups: Specter, Sestak Top Toomey  —  Uncomfortable town hall meetings are just the tip of the iceberg for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter.  He now trails Republican Pat Toomey by double digits in his bid …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rasmussen: GOP now more trusted on health care than Democrats
Discussion: Telegraph
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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: Sadly, No! and Newshoggers.com
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).
Los Angeles Times:
Wanted: Obama healthcare reform volunteers willing to be paid $15 an hour  —  It seems that, despite all the media attention lavished on e-mail appeals to his supporters, not everyone pushing for President Obama's embattled healthcare reform plan these warm August days is an idealistic volunteer …
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.
The Live Feed:
Limbaugh, Rove to guest on ‘Family Guy’  —  Talk show host Rush Limbaugh, former Bush strategist Karl Rove and other famous Republicans will play themselves on Fox's left-leaning “Family Guy” next season.  —  In an episode being produced for next season, the Griffins' liberal dog, Brian …
KTLA:
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.
facs.org:
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.
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Heller acknowledges the John Ensign effect  —  Affair influenced decision not to challenge Reid, he says  —  Rep. Dean Heller's comments Wednesday to Jon Ralston, left, on “Face to Face” fuel speculation he is eyeing a Senate run in 2012.  —  2 a.m.  —  Rep. Dean Heller has become …
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Kudos: CNN's Sanchez Presses Jackson-Lee Over Weird Claim Phone Video Was ‘Doctored’  —  On Thursday's Newsroom, CNN's Rick Sanchez couldn't get a straight answer out of Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee about her cell phone use during a recent health care town hall …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
 
 
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Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Mohammed is most popular boy's name in four biggest Dutch cities
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
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Was Hillary Clinton's Answer in Congo the Right One?
The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Misplaced Rage
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Economist's View and Reason
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Jcontario / Democracy Corps:
Corzine and Christie In Tight Race for New Jersey Governor
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: 'Don't let them Palinize me!'
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Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
McCaskill says Rep. Scott's racism charge ‘irresponsible’