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10:40 PM ET, August 17, 2009


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
White House disables e-tip box  —  Following a furor over how the data would be used, the White House has shut down an electronic tip box — — that was set up to receive information on “fishy” claims about President Barack Obama's health plan.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Anthony Weiner: Not Including Public Plan Will Cost Reform “100 Votes” in the House  —  [Jane will be appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports today at 1pm EDT.  —Ed.]  —  When I wrote that 64 Democrats in the House had pledged to vote against a health care bill with no public plan …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Health concession fuels blowback  —  House Democratic officials say a public option will remain in their version of a health reform bill, even now that the White House has acknowledged it may be dropped later.  —  “This is just for the Senate,” a House leadership official said about the administration's concession on a public option.
Mike Lux / The Huffington Post:
The News of Its Death Is Greatly Exaggerated  —  Kent Conrad has repeatedly said there are not enough votes in the Senate for a public option, and now says he won't vote for one.  HHS Secretary Sebelius says the public insurance option is not essential.  These statements add …
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
By Any Other Name  —  “PUBLIC OPTION” BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE  —  Sen. Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Says Co-Ops Another Form Of Government-Run Health Care.  “'We're going to have some type of public option, call it “co-op,” call it what you want,' Reid said …
Discussion: TPMDC, Hullabaloo, Wonkette and TalkLeft
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Sorry, Can't Pass Health Care Bill Without a Public Option
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Republicans: A Co-op Plan Is Government-Run Health Care
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Obama Misread His Mandate
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Man Carrying An Assault Rifle And Pistol Outside Obama Event  —  A man was seen carrying an assault rifle and a pistol outside the VFW Convention in Phoenix where President Obama spoke today, a local newspaper reports.  (Click through for a photo.)  —  Local police said it's legal under Arizona law …
John Faherty / Arizona Republic:
Obama: ‘Honored and humbled’ to speak before veterans in Phoenix  —  Police report no arrests or calls for medical assistance  —  President Barack Obama came to Phoenix this morning to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention.  —  But the real story, was on the streets outside …
James Rucker / The Huffington Post:
Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy ditch Glenn Beck (plus 5 more companies)  —  Cross-posted at Jack and Jill Politics, Firedoglake, and Daily Kos.  —  Big news today.  We've confirmed that eight more major advertisers have pulled their support from Glenn Beck's show — Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CVS …
Kpicket / The washington times Blogs:
Rep. Massa: I will vote against the interests of my district  —  Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) addressed an intimate group of Netroots activists during their annual Netroots Nation gathering in Pittsburgh this weekend.  Mr. Massa reiterated his support for a single-payer health care bill.
National Review:
Rationing and Rationality  —  Defined at a high level of abstraction, rationing is inevitable in medicine.  Not everything that might be in a patient's best interest can be done in a world of finite resources, and some constraint has to limit his treatment.  Thus the left-wing jibe that the market features “rationing by price.”
Anill / Think Progress:
Joe The Plumber Says He Would ‘Beat The Livin’ Tar' Out Of Pelosi  —  This past weekend, at the right wing's RightOnline blogger conference in Pittsburgh — sponsored by Americans for Prosperity — Alternet's Adele Stan reported that Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher attacked Nancy Pelosi for calling teabaggers “un-American.”
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Joe the Plumber: Those Kind of People I Usually Took Behind …
Discussion: TPMDC
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Winning By Losing  —  Charlie Cook just said something very profound (which is unusual.)  Chris Matthews asked whether or not the Democrats would lose the House next year and he said he didn't think so, but that they might lose 20 seats.  And then he said this:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Los Angeles Times:
Obama Joker artist unmasked: A fellow Chicagoan  —  When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from “Batman” began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?  —  Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group …
Discussion: Don Surber, Pajamas Media and RedState
Ezra Klein:
Chuck Grassley's Dispiriting Bipartisanship  —  Spent a few hours today as one of the panelist's on Dylan Ratigan's “Morning Meeting.”  Toward the end of the second hour, Chuck Grassley hopped on the program to talk death panels and bipartisanship.  It sounded like bipartisanship dying.
Conservatives Now Outnumber Liberals in All 50 States, Says Gallup Poll  —  ( - Self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals in all 50 states of the union, according to the Gallup Poll.  —  At the same time, more Americans nationwide are saying this year …
Discussion: Don Surber
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Luntz admits he tries to convince focus group attendees to oppose health care reform.  —  In May, pollster Frank Luntz presented a memo to congressional Republicans, laying out a strategy for opposing health care reform.  Since then, the GOP has closely followed his script.
Associated Press:
Obama administration says marriage law unfair  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law.  —  Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss …
Washington Post:
Time to Legalize Drugs  —  Undercover Baltimore police officer Dante Arthur was doing what he does well, arresting drug dealers, when he approached a group in January.  What he didn't know was that one of suspects knew from a previous arrest that Arthur was police.  Arthur was shot twice in the face.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN anchor to protester: Hey, stop calling yourselves “real Americans”  —  All this poor guy meant by “real” is that the people at Obama's town halls were true grassroots activists who went on their own initiative, not as fronts for the White House or some conservative astroturf operation.
Katie Baker / Newsweek Blogs:
Why the Ladies Love Jon Hamm of ‘Mad Men’  —  The other day, I saw Don Draper in a restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side.  Or rather, I saw Jon Hamm, the award-winning actor who plays the ad exec anti-hero on AMC's Mad Men, which kicked off its third season Sunday night.
Nicholas Beaudrot / Donkeylicious:
The Flowchart  —  During the FDR 2.0 panel, an audience member asked Chris Hayes to give the condensed version of what the health care bills current under debate would actually do.  He started his description by saying something like 'are you guys all familiar with flowcharts? ...  right, we're all geeks here'.
Benjamin L. Hartman / Associated Press:
Orly Taitz: Obama policies are ‘clear and present danger to Israel’  —  The driving force behind the ‘birther’ movement has found her star is rising in Israel.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama's domestic and foreign policies pose “a clear and present danger to Israel,” says the driving force behind …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
The Secret Life of Tom Daschle, Moonlighting For The Insurance Industry  —  This is how Washington really works: Even a top liberal advocate for taking a strong stand against the insurance industry takes money behind the scenes from the insurance industry.  —  On Sunday, former Senate …
Discussion: Majikthise and MoJo Blog Posts
Rasmussen Reports:
6% Expect Tax Cut During Obama Years  —  Just six percent (6%) of voters nationwide now expect their own taxes to go down during the Obama years.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 42% expect their taxes to go up while 40% expect little change.  Another 12% are not sure.
Discussion: Power Line
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
On Fox, Mark Sanford “(D)” holds press conference  —  Media outlets - including Fox - misidentify as Democrats several Republicans facing scandal, poor poll numbers  —  EXPAND ALL EXPAND 1ST LEVEL COLLAPSE ALL
Discussion: TPMDC
US Department of Justice:
Alleged International Hacker Indicted for Massive Attack on U.S. Retail and Banking Networks  —  Data Related to More Than 130 Million Credit and Debit Cards Allegedly Stolen  —  WASHINGTON - Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, Fla., was indicted today for conspiring to hack …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: I'll Run For President — If God Calls Me To Do It
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Madison Park / CNN:
90 percent of U.S. bills carry traces of cocaine
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CBS News:
Anti-Empathy, Anti-Judge Goes on Trial
Discussion: TalkLeft and Focal Point
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Public Option or Not, It's Still Government-Run
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Twitter tweets are 40% ‘babble’
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Obama, Biden to raise money for Specter
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