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12:55 PM ET, August 13, 2009

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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.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Roxana Mayer: I'm Not a Doctor But I Play One at Town Hall Meetings  —  [This post follows up on a previous post in which I questioned the credentials of a woman at a Texas town hall meeting who claimed to be a doctor, but turned out to be anything but.  She is a graduate student in social work — oh, and an Obama delegate.
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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 …
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PittsburghLIVE.com:   Rasmussen poll: Toomey crushing Specter, Sestak
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘LOST CONTROL OF THE MESSAGE’.... There was an interesting exchange yesterday in the White House briefing room.  A reporter asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the administration's message strategy when it comes to health care reform. … Gibbs responded by noting that there's …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Obama Is Taking an Active Role in Talks on Health Care Plan  —  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.
WhiteHouse.gov Blog:   PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS
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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CNN:
Tears, fears and shouting at Cardin town hall
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sen. Cardin hears an earful on healthcare
Discussion: Hot Air
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: New Gallup poll shows town hall protests winning over independents?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
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 …
Discussion: Hyscience and Gateway Pundit
CBS News:
Oregon Rep. Fights Palin, Gingrich Attacks  —  Democrat Earl Blumenauer, Author of Health Care Measure on End-of-Life Issues: Death Panel Charge is “Blatant Lie”  —  (CBS/ AP) For more than decade in Congress, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer has been known for his ever-present bow-tie and tireless advocacy of bikes.
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Greg Scandlen / AmSpecBlog:   Palin Is Not Wrong  —  As virtually everybody in America now knows …
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.
Judith Warner:
Hillary Fights a Tide of Trivialization  —  This was supposed to be the trip that would show exactly how Hillary Rodham Clinton would make good on her pledge, at her confirmation hearing for secretary of state, to make women's issues “central” to U.S. foreign policy, not “adjunct or auxiliary or in any way lesser.”
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David Frum / THE WEEK News & Opinion:
The reckless Right courts violence  —  Hysterical talk from TV and radio hosts may be a cynical marketing exercise.  But it's getting too dangerous to ignore.  —  A man bearing a sidearm appears outside President Obama's Aug. 11 town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., under a sign proclaiming …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Massive campaign for Obama hits air  —  A new coalition on Thursday launched $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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Nineteen Minutes In a Car With Harry Reid  —  LAS VEGAS - Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, was having second thoughts - or was he? - about the way he had characterized people who are disrupting town halls with “lies, innuendo and rumor,” and not letting others speak.  They are, he said, “evil-mongers.”
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Swampland
Bill Clinton / NY Daily News:
Timothy McNulty / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Conservative bloggers meeting here admit being outgunned by liberal counterparts  —  Even though conservatives are holding their own convention of online activists in Pittsburgh this week, they are not trying to directly compete with the giant Netroots Nation.  If they did, they would be squashed.
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: Matthew Yglesias and Biased BBC
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Will You/Won't You Be on My “Death Panel”?  —  My friend Bob Wright posts a persuasive “partial list” of the “false and misleading things” he argues a recent New Republic book review said about The Evolution of God. … The disputes are grouped into six substantive issues.
Discussion: Cold Fury, JustOneMinute and TigerHawk
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
Focus on the Family selling its money-losing gay workshops  —  Focus on the Family will shed its controversial Love Won Out program for transforming homosexuals into heterosexuals because of budget troubles, the conservative media ministry said Tuesday.  —  The Colorado Springs-based ministry …
 
 
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Max Abelson / New York Observer:
Paul Krugman Gets a New Place to Hang His Hat and Nobel
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Retail sales dip unexpectedly, jobless claims rise
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
The Return of the Viral Email
Discussion: The Swamp, USA Today, Gawker and msnbc.com
Eric Wolff / San Diego CityBeat:
Protector of traditional marriage Doug Manchester leaving wife of 43 years
Discussion: Wonkette
Paul Begala / Washington Post:
A Health-Care Goal for Progressives: Progress Not Perfection
CNN:
World population projected to reach 7 billion
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Cao to sit down with Obama on healthcare
Discussion: The Politico and msnbc.com