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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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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:
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele laughs at Specter
Discussion: Wake up America and The Swamp
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
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: New Gallup poll shows town hall protests winning over independents?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
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.
Paul Begala / Washington Post:
A Health-Care Goal for Progressives: Progress Not Perfection  —  I am a proud progressive Democrat, someone who believes affordable, quality health care is an economic necessity and a moral imperative.  As a longtime Democratic political strategist, I am skeptical, at best …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Disgrace: Yale removes Mohammed cartoons from book about ... Mohammed cartoons
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Peter St. Onge / The Charlotte Observer:
McHenry clarifies his view on Obama's citizenship  —  LINCOLNTON UPDATED 8/13/09.  —  U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry this morning clarified remarks he made at a town hall forum in Lincolnton Wednesday night indicating he was unconvinced that President Obama is a U.S. citizen.
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.”
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Newt Gingrich Changes What's Left of his Mind on End-of-life Care … That was Newt Gingrich just a few months ago praising the “Advance Directives” practiced by a hospital in Wisconsin.  Advance Directives are another word for the end-of-life consultations that the teabggers have been flipping out over of late.
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.
Bill Clinton / NY Daily News:
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
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 …
 
 
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Eric Wolff / San Diego CityBeat:
Protector of traditional marriage Doug Manchester leaving wife of 43 years
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People-Press.org:
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Discussion: The Swamp
CBS News:
Oregon Rep. Fights Palin, Gingrich Attacks
Les Christie / CNNMoney.com:
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Discussion: The Page
CNN:
World population projected to reach 7 billion
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Consumer Driven Health Care Plans
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Cao to sit down with Obama on healthcare
Discussion: The Politico and msnbc.com
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