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2:40 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.
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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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%.
PittsburghLIVE.com:   Rasmussen poll: Toomey crushing Specter, Sestak
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:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: ObamaCare fans take Astroturfing to a new level; Mayer an OFA organizer
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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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 …
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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.”
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Reid: Protesters are ‘evil-mongers’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
Greg Scandlen / AmSpecBlog:
Palin Is Not Wrong  —  As virtually everybody in America now knows, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin posted the following on her FaceBook page: … Naturally, she was roundly reviled for these comments.  One person quoted by the New York Times replied, “One problem …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Coburn: ‘Death panel’ claims aren't outrageous
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Strange bedfellows coalition begins massive ad campaign
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
BILL SIDESTEPS GRILL OVER HILL
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Page
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
End-of-Life Provision Loses Favor  —  The cost of caring for patients who are near death accounts for a big piece of the government's medical spending.  But a furor over a provision for government-paid counseling to plan for end-of-life care is steering lawmakers away from the issue.
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CBS News:   Oregon Rep. Fights Palin, Gingrich Attacks
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 …
Max Abelson / New York Observer:
Paul Krugman Gets a New Place to Hang His Hat and Nobel  —  The Times columnist, Princeton professor, recent Nobel winner, and all-around ceaselessly smart economist Paul Krugman has a nice new co-op.  According to a deed filed in city records today, Mr. Krugman and his wife …
Discussion: Telegraph
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
The Return of the Viral Email  —  Read an email out this morning from Senior Advisor David Axelrod and watch a new “Reality Check” video from Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle below.  Both respond to the malicious chain emails that have been circulating on health insurance reform:
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.
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 …
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 …
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, TigerHawk and JustOneMinute
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 …
Bill Clinton / NY Daily News:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Daily Beast:
Santorum Is Dangerous  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In the sixth in a series of posts on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon says that despite former Senator Rick Santorum's actions and extreme ideology, he and his foray into Iowa should be taken seriously.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Eric Wolff / San Diego CityBeat:
Protector of traditional marriage Doug Manchester leaving wife of 43 years  —  In July 2008, hotelier and developer Doug Manchester donated $125,000 to help gather signatures for a proposition that would ban same-sex marriage in California.  The early money was crucial to getting the initiative—which ultimately passed—on the ballot.
Discussion: Wonkette
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
McCaskill says Rep. Scott's racism charge ‘irresponsible’
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Paul Begala / Washington Post:
A Health-Care Goal for Progressives: Progress Not Perfection
Discussion: New York Times
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Cao to sit down with Obama on healthcare
Discussion: The Politico and msnbc.com