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5:30 PM ET, August 13, 2009

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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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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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin doubles down on ‘death panels’  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin defended her claim that the Democratic health care proposal would create “death panels” in a statement Wednesday night slamming President Barack Obama.  —  “Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement …
Political Punch:
Zeke Emanuel on Sarah Palin's Accusation of ‘Death Panels’ …
Discussion: CBS News and The Note
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Coburn: ‘Death panel’ claims aren't outrageous
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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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
British Growing Tired of GOP Lies About UK Health Care
Discussion: Washington Post and PERRspectives
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN IN DOUBT, GIVE THE MOB WHAT IT WANTS.... It's easy to mock …
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.
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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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.”
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 and NO QUARTER
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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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IMMIGRATION AND HEALTH REFORM — STILL A PROBLEM.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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: Althouse and The New Republic
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: “Don't Let Them Palinize Me!”
Discussion: Wonkette and The Plum Line
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 …
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 …
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.
Jcontario / Democracy Corps:
Corzine and Christie In Tight Race for New Jersey Governor  —  A new survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for Stan Greenberg and James Carville's organization Democracy Corps puts Governor Corzine within striking distance of Republican Chris Christie.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Permanent Campaign  —  Turning critics into enemies isn't presidential.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Team Obama is suffering from Extended Campaign Syndrome.  In an election, campaign staffers are often just trying to survive until the next week or the next primary.
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: Economist's View and Reason
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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New York Times:
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