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Matt Bramanti / Lone Star Times:
Obama camp plants fake doc, Che fan at Jackson Lee forum  —  I was reading the Chron's piece about Sheila Jackson Lee's town hall, when something caught my eye: … In this video, Mayer claims to be a general practitioner, eliciting applause and even a hug from Queen Sheila:
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Health care views take sympathetic tilt  —  WASHINGTON — The raucous protests at congressional town-hall-style meetings have succeeded in fueling opposition to proposed health care bills among some Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — particularly among the independents who tend to be at the center of political debates.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: New Gallup poll shows town hall protests winning over independents?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele laughs at Specter
Discussion: Wake up America and The Swamp
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.
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 …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Disgrace: Yale removes Mohammed cartoons from book about ... Mohammed cartoons
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Obama Injects Himself Into Health Talks, Despite Risks  —  WASHINGTON — In pursuing his proposed overhaul of the health care system, President Obama has consistently presented himself as aloof from the legislative fray, merely offering broad principles.  Prominent among them is the creation of a strong …
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The Huffington Post:
Grassley Endorses “Death Panel” Rumor: “You Have Every Right To Fear”
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Climate bill could cost 2 million jobs  —  Add another climate bill cost estimate to the growing pile.  —  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) released a study Wednesday that found under a high-cost scenario the House global warming bill …
Discussion: Commentary
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WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS  —  MR. GIBBS: Let me just make two quick announcements before we get going.  This evening, Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver a speech at New York University Center for Global Affairs.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘LOST CONTROL OF THE MESSAGE’.... There was an interesting …
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Cap-and-Trade's Unlikely Critics: Its Creators  —  Economists Behind Original Concept Question the System's Large-Scale Usefulness, and Recommend Emissions Taxes Instead  —  In the 1960s, a University of Wisconsin graduate student named Thomas Crocker came up with a novel solution …
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS SECRET DNA TEST PROVES HE'S THE DADDY!  —  BOMBSHELL WORLD EXCLUSIVE!  John Edwards has secretly undergone a DNA test - and it proves he's the father of his mistress' love child, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.  —  Multiple sources confirm the bombshell development …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Stop The ACLU
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.
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Andrea Fuller / The Caucus:
Dialing Up a Debate on Health Care
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
David Stout / New York Times:
For Lawmakers, Health-Plan Anger Keeps Coming
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
BBC:
France and Germany exit recession  —  The French and German economies both grew by 0.3% between April and June, bringing to an end year-long recessions in Europe's largest economies.  —  Stronger exports and consumer spending, as well as government stimulus packages, contributed to the growth.
Discussion: Biased BBC
ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton Compares 2000 Florida Recount to Nigeria's Rigged Elections  —  Missing Ballot Boxes, Inflated Voter Counts, Shootings, Among Election Fraud in Nigeria  —  NAIROBI - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared Nigeria's corruption and electoral problems with the 2000 Florida …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Massive campaign for Obama hits air  —  A new coalition on Thursday is launching $12 million in television ads to support President Barack Obama's health-reform plan, in the opening wave of a planned tens of millions of dollars this fall.  —  The new group, funded largely by the pharmaceutical industry …
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Henry Payne / Detroit News:
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Energy Leader (National Review, 08.10.09)  —  Detroit, Mich. - Michigan just experienced its coldest July on record; global temperatures haven't risen in more than a decade; Great Lakes water levels have resumed their 30-year cyclical rise (contrary to a decade …
Discussion: The Foundry
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Cao to sit down with Obama on healthcare  —  GOP Rep. Joseph Cao (La.) is in the process of setting up a private meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the healthcare reform bill.  —  Often cited by Democratic political operatives as the most vulnerable House Republican …
Discussion: The Politico and msnbc.com
 
 
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