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8:10 AM ET, August 14, 2009


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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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Giuliani says Sarah Palin's debunked ‘death panels’ claim is legit.  —  Yet another prominent Republican has endorsed former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's astonishingly false claim, which she doubled down on today, that health care reform will lead to “death panels.”
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
For ‘Death Panels’ Before She Was Against Them?  Palin Endorsed End Of Life Counseling As Governor  —  In recent weeks, right-wing groups have been pushing the myth that health care reform will somehow kill seniors.  One of the most high profile voices pushing this lie has been Sarah Palin …
New York Times:
False ‘Death Panel’ Rumor Has Some Familiar Roots  —  WASHINGTON — The stubborn yet false rumor that President Obama's health care proposals would create government-sponsored “death panels” to decide which patients were worthy of living seemed to arise from nowhere in recent weeks.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
All Hail Bipartisanship!  Grassley Kills End Of Life Provision, Attacks Dems For Leaving It “Open To Interpretation”  —  If there were ever a day where Dems had an opening to argue that Republicans are the ones responsible for putting hopes for a bipartisan health care compromise on life support, today would appear to be it.
Discussion: RBO, Firedoglake, The Impolitic and Salon
Attaturk / Firedoglake:   One-Tin Soldier
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Memo Confirms Deal Between PhRMA and White House
Discussion: Corrente, Matthew Yglesias and TPMDC
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama to Take On Health-Care Critics
Discussion: Truthdig
John Stossel / Reason:   Big Business Goes Big for Health Care Reform
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 …
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Boswell: Obama willing to be one-term president  —  Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines, Iowa) held a town hall meeting in Sigourney this afternoon.  Despite one group's ad which “thanks Boswell for his support” of health care reform, Boswell told the crowd he may vote against it.
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Lawrence O'Donnell Exposes Clueless Town Hall Protester  —  Lawrence O'Donnell filled in for Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday, and somehow managed to avoid savaging clueless town hall protester, Katy Abram.  Abram went on a moronic tirade at Senator Arlen Specter's town hall meeting on Tuesday …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and
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.
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Les Paul, Guitar Innovator, Dies at 94  —  Les Paul, the virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century popular music, died Thursday in White Plains, N.Y. .  He was 94.  —  The cause was complications of pneumonia …
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?
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker Ed Schultz: Opponents Want Obama Dead  —  THE ‘ED’ POOL  —  Schultz Claims Conservatives ‘Want Obama To Get Shot’  —  *** EXCLUSIVE TO THE RADIO EQUALIZER ***  —  With ObamaCare running into enormous public opposition, the effort by Democrats to demonize both concerned citizens …
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.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Clyburn: Town Hall Protests Like Horrid Anti-Civil Rights Demonstrations  —  The third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives on Thursday compared the disruptive protesters at recent health care town halls to people who unleashed dogs and spat on civil rights demonstrators during the 1960s.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Air traffic controller suspended, was chatting on phone with girlfriend during Hudson River crash  —  See shocking new video below.  —  WASHINGTON — The air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport was on the phone with his girlfriend during Saturday's deadly air collision over the Hudson River, the Daily News has learned.
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
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.
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
Muslims, Arabs among J Street donors  —  The J Street political action committee has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from dozens of Arab and Muslim Americans, as well as from several individuals connected to organizations doing Palestinian and Iranian issues advocacy, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Atlas Shrugs
David Cho / Washington Post:
Obama Wants Big Banks To Pay More for Oversight  —  The Obama administration is pressing ahead with its broad overhaul of financial regulation by proposing to hike the fees big financial firms pay for federal oversight while easing the burden for smaller ones, officials said.
Discussion: The Page and
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Preventive Care Isn't the Magic Bullet for Health Care Costs  —  In the 48 hours of June 15-16, President Obama lost the health-care debate.  First, a letter from the Congressional Budget Office to Sen. Edward Kennedy reported that his health committee's reform bill would add $1 trillion in debt over the next decade.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
E-mails from public overload House Web site  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid a boisterous debate on health care reform, people flooded members of Congress on Thursday with so many e-mails that they overloaded the House's primary Web site.  —  Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the House's chief administrative officer …
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Withholding Is Bad for Democracy  —  So is the payroll tax.  End them both and voters will have a healthier understanding of the government burden.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  America is supposed to be a democracy in which we're all in it together.
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Daniel Hannan rebuked by Conservative leadership for attacking NHS
Discussion: Biased BBC and The Awl
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Mohammed is most popular boy's name in four biggest Dutch cities
Matthew Balan /
Kudos: CNN's Sanchez Presses Jackson-Lee Over Weird Claim Phone Video Was ‘Doctored’
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Scared Monkeys
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
President Obama the Trout Fisherman
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Obama's surgeon general nominee advises Burger King
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Wizbang
The Huffington Post:
Dean Declines Offer To Appear On Dobbs' Radio Show
Discussion: TVNewser
 Earlier Items: 
Man Wanted for Terrorist Threats in Standoff at Federal Building
Discussion: L.A. Now
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
British Growing Tired of GOP Lies About UK Health Care
Discussion: Washington Post
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: 'Don't let them Palinize me!'
Discussion: MyDD and GOP 12
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Reid: Protesters are ‘evil-mongers’