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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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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN IN DOUBT, GIVE THE MOB WHAT IT WANTS.... It's easy to mock …
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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The Huffington Post:
Dean: “There Will Be Primaries” For Dems Who Vote Against Public Option  —  Former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean fired one of the clearest warning shots at hesitant Democratic lawmakers on Thursday, insisting that if the party was unable to produce a health care bill with a public plan …
The Huffington Post:
Dean Declines Offer To Appear On Dobbs' Radio Show
Discussion: TVNewser
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%.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rasmussen: GOP now more trusted on health care than Democrats
Discussion: Telegraph
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 …
Discussion: 24Ahead
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Political Punch:
Zeke Emanuel on Sarah Palin's Accusation of ‘Death Panels’ …
Discussion: CBS News and The Note
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Will You/Won't You Be on My “Death Panel”?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Coburn: ‘Death panel’ claims aren't outrageous
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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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.
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J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Heller acknowledges the John Ensign effect
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.
WRAL-TV:
Sources: Edwards to admit paternity of ex-mistress' child  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Sources have told WRAL News that they expect former U.S. Sen. John Edwards to admit that he is the father of his former mistress' 18-month-old daughter.  —  Edwards, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate …
Discussion: TPMDC and National Review Online
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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:
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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 and Althouse
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:
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Roxana Mayer: I'm Not a Doctor But I Play One at Town Hall Meetings
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 …
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.
The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Misplaced Rage  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Leading conservative economist Bruce Bartlett writes that the Obama-hating town-hall mobs have it wrong—the person they should be angry with left the White House seven months ago.  —  Where is the evidence that everything would be better if Republicans were in charge?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Economist's View and Reason
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.
Discussion: L.A. Now
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.
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.
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: 'Don't let them Palinize me!'  —  Michele Bachmann is tossing around a new verb: “Palinize.”  —  In the subject line of a fundraising pitch, Bachmann sends out a plea for money saying, “Don't let them Palinize me!”  —  Bachmann goes on to explain that Sarah Palin has been demonized by the left …
 
 
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
British Growing Tired of GOP Lies About UK Health Care
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WEWS-TV:
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