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3:15 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: NO QUARTER and NewsBusters.org
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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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 …
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.”
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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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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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CBS News:
Oregon Rep. Fights Palin, Gingrich Attacks
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Coburn: ‘Death panel’ claims aren't outrageous
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 …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Finance Committee to drop end-of-life provision
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
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: Gawker and 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:
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: The New Republic and The Awl
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Limited Powers of the Presidency  —  I think Ezra Klein nails this: … That's right.  I know a lot of people on the left who seem to have voted for Barack Obama because they liked his progressive agenda, then gotten excited when Obama won the election because they liked his progressive agenda …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Banks Turn Up Noses At Lending to Small Businesses Under Stimulus Program  —  The 1980s supermodel Linda Evangelista once said.  “We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”  That seems to be the motto of American bankers, (save Citigroup's Andrew Hall, who needs 40 times that much per business day).
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
McCaskill says Rep. Scott's racism charge ‘irresponsible’  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill — who went through a pretty tough town hall herself today — told CNN tonight that it was “irresponsible” for Democratic Rep. David Scott to blame racism for some of the town hall anger across the nation.
Discussion: QandO and Jack & Jill Politics
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Despite ‘Cash for Clunkers,’ Retail Sales Decline in July  —  Retail sales fell unexpectedly in July, the government reported on Thursday, chilling hopes that consumers are ready to lead the American economy out of recession.  —  The Labor Department reported that retail sales fell …
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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Protector of traditional marriage Doug Manchester leaving wife of 43 years
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