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9:50 PM ET, August 15, 2009


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Rick Perlstein / Washington Post:
In America, Crazy Is a Preexisting Condition  —  Birthers, Town Hall Hecklers and the Return of Right-Wing Rage  —  In Pennsylvania last week, a citizen, burly, crew-cut and trembling with rage, went nose to nose with his baffled senator: “One day God's going to stand before you …
Steve Bainbridge /
Rick Perlstein's Asinine Take on the Health Care Town Yells  —  I kind of like what our friends at RSU call the health care town yells.  They're speaking truth to power, while—unlike left-liberal protests—not blocking traffic.  —  They're also generating an amusing amount of asinine wailing by left-liberal elites.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and INSTAPUTZ
The Politico:
Party prepares liberals to accept deal  —  After the toughest week yet for health reform, leading Democrats are warning that the party likely will have to accept major compromises to get a bill passed this year - perhaps even dropping a proposal to create a government-run plan that is almost an article of faith among some liberals.
New York Times:
Emanuel Wields Power Freely, and Faces the Risks  —  WASHINGTON — As White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel was the one to bring the hammer down on Sidney Blumenthal.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wanted to hire Mr. Blumenthal, a loyal confidant who had helped her promote the idea of a …
Daily Mail:
‘We were duped’: Two British women tricked into becoming stars of campaign to sabotage Obama's healthcare reforms  —  Two British women have claimed they were duped into becoming the stars of a campaign to sabotage Barack Obama's healthcare reforms.  —  Furious Kate Spall and Katie Brickell claim …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PENANCE HAS NOT BEEN PAID.... Following up on this item from yesterday, I had an interesting conversation via email yesterday with Bruce Bartlett, a veteran of the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations.  Bruce made a point that really resonated with me, and he was gracious enough to allow me to republish it here.
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Practice of Medicine  —  Why is the president convinced so many doctors and patients are making irrational decisions?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  On the defensive because of an increasingly skeptical public, President Barack Obama has recently spoken extemporaneously about his health plan.
Dealers wait for ‘cash for clunkers’ payments  —  Some consider dropping out of program  —  By Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel  —  A growing number of auto dealers say the process of getting paid under the government's “cash for clunkers” plan increasingly resembles some of the wrecks accumulating …
Gateway Pundit:
Handicapped Woman Cries After Assault By Union Thugs at Town Hall (Video) ... Update: Woman Speaks Out on Being Stomped On  —  A handicapped woman with a walker cries as she tells how union members pushed her out her seat at a town hall:  —  Gee, do you think the state-run media will report on this attack?
The Politico:
Kenneth Bacon dies at 64  —  Kenneth H. Bacon, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who became chief Pentagon spokesman under President Bill Clinton, died Saturday at age 64.  —  Bacon had been battling melanoama, and was on leave was his job as president of Refugees International, a Washington-based group he joined in early 2001.
Discussion: The Page
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Gov. Jim Doyle won't seek re-election  —  Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has told associates he will announce this week that he won't seek a third term in 2010, POLITICO has learned.  —  By deciding against a run, Doyle, a Democrat, sets off what could be one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country next year.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Health Debate Fails to Ignite Obama's Grass Roots  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa — At her home on Tom Sawyer Road here the other night, Bonnie Adkins agreed to begin spreading the word that President Obama's embattled health care plan needed help.  —  Ms. Adkins, who for the past two years devoted hundreds …
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