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4:20 PM ET, August 18, 2009

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Kenneth Y. Tomlinson / Human Events:
Robert Novak (1931-2009)  —  The Evans-Novak column ran under the title “the Sonnenfeldt Doctrine.”  When I finished reading that early spring day in 1976, I remember thinking, this is quintessential Bob Novak.  —  State Department Counselor Helmut Sonnenfeldt had told a London gathering …
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak dead at 78  —  WASHINGTON — Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nation's most influential journalists, who relished his “Prince of Darkness” public persona, died at home here early Tuesday morning after a battle with brain cancer.
Timothy P. Carney / Human Events:
Remembering Bob Novak  —  Bob Novak hired me away from HUMAN EVENTS in late 2001.  “Poaching,” HE Editor-in-Chief Tom Winter called it.  I was not the first early-20s reporter Novak would pluck from HE's newsroom.  Nor would I be the last.  —  Work for us Novak reporters …
CNN:
Conservative columnist Robert Novak dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Conservative columnist and former CNN “Crossfire” co-host Robert Novak has died after a yearlong battle with cancer, his family said Tuesday.  He was 78.  —  Novak died at home, over a year after doctors diagnosed him with a malignant brain tumor in August 2008.
Chicago Sun Times:
Robert Novak: Innovator's life marked by passion
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Robert Novak, Long-Time Conservative Columnist, Dies at 78
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
The Ultimate Insider Journalist
Discussion: msnbc.com
New York Times:
Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has indicated that it could accept a nonprofit health care cooperative as an alternative to a new government insurance plan, originally favored by President Obama.  But the co-op idea is so ill defined …
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The Politico:
Liberals revolt over public option  —  The White House's signal that it's willing to back off support for a public health insurance option has sent congressional liberals into full revolt, bluntly warning the administration that no legislation will pass without a government-run plan.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Kyl: Concessions won't win over GOP  —  Sen. Jon Kyl just confirmed the suspicions of most liberals fearful that the White House is giving away too much in the health care debate.  —  The Senate Republican whip, speaking to reporters on a conference call from his home state of Arizona …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sixty House Liberals To White House: No Public Option, No Health Care Reform  —  One interesting side plot in the health care wars: The debate over the public option has suddenly reminded us that there are in fact two houses of Congress, something that's been easy to forget amid the media obsession with the …
CNN:
Sebelius reiterates support for public health option
WorldNetDaily:
Obama's MySpace page: I'm 52 years old, not 48  —  Would place president's birth during time Hawaii was a territory  —  If President Obama were indeed born in Hawaii, was it while the islands were a territory of the United States?  —  A new wrinkle in the dispute over his birth …
CBS News:
Thousands Quit AARP Over Health Reform  —  Tens of Thousands Don't Like the Health Care Overhaul  —  (CBS) CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group's position on health care.  —  Elaine Guardiani has been with AARP …
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:   News broadcast, or infomercial?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For the Left, war without Bush is not war at all  —  Remember the anti-war movement?  Not too long ago, the Democratic party's most loyal voters passionately opposed the war in Iraq.  Democratic presidential candidates argued over who would withdraw American troops the quickest.
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Fear-mongering at Yale  —  Flash back to 2006.  Professor Marcia Inhorn, a medical anthropologist and director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan, is invited to lecture in Tehran on her field of expertise, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Muslim countries.
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The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice:
Remembering Rose Friedman  —  Rose Director Friedman passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2009, in her home in Davis, California, of heart failure.  While the exact date of her birth is uncertain, she is believed to have been 98 years old.  —  She will be remembered both as a talented economist and an influential advocate of freedom.
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Brian Doherty / Reason:
Rose Friedman, R.I.P.
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Ezra Klein:
The Evolution of the Public Option  —  Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy  —  Monday, on Dylan Ratigan's “Morning Meeting,” I had the opportunity to chat health care with Gov. Howard Dean.  Dean's point was simple: “If you're not going to have a public option …
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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
THE PUBLIC OPTION FREAK OUT.
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 …
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show  —  Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.  —  The scientists fabricated blood …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama's Ratings Are Sinking  —  Americans will put up with a lot.  But not with someone who imperils their future.  —  Washington Wire  —  White House Issues Q&A on Health Plan  —  The White House, seeking to reassure allies that it hasn't abandoned plans for a government-sponsored …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Anthony Weiner Tears off the Mask  —  On this morning's edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) showed up to talk about his version of health care reform which he will be pushing for a vote on in September.  He also expressed regret about President Obama's lack …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Dem wants to eliminate private health insurance altogether
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Troubled History  —  As we track the escalating number of incidents of right-wing fringers bringing guns to Obama events or other health create town hall events, we are, unsurprisingly, seeing various conservative websites mocking the public concern.  “Oh, those Dems, they go all wobbly …
David Owens / Hartford Courant:
Lawyer: FBI Trained Hal Turner As An “Agent Provocateur”  —  HARTFORD — Internet blogger Harold “Hal” Turner's attorney said today that Turner's background as an FBI informant will be a key part of his defense to charges that he incited violence against two state legislators and a state ethics official.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Emptywheel
Los Angeles Times:
Despite fumbles, Biden's a player  —  Cementing his value to Obama, the vice president has been tapped to take on key issues.  Next up: healthcare.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  The gaffes keep piling up: the untimely comments stoking fears of swine flu, dismissals of Russia that seem straight out of the Cold War.
Paul Krugman:
Black cats  —  I really had no intention of writing more about Niall Ferguson.  Regular readers may recall that he wrote an article in the Financial Times that began, … I asked, are there no editors?  —  But Professor Ferguson demands that I (and James Fallows) print his response:
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Woman yells ‘Heil Hitler’ to Jewish man praising Israel's national health care system.  —  Conservatives have strenuously denied that there is any anti-Semitism on display by anti-health reform protesters at town hall meetings nationwide — despite all the evidence to the contrary.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Marist Poll:
8/18: 2012 Prospects: Palin a Force in GOP But Not General Electorate  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may still be making news headlines, but the U.S. electorate has news for her.  If the 2012 presidential election were held today and she were the Republican candidate, Palin would not defeat President Barack Obama.
 
 
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