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1:45 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.
CNN:
Columnist Robert Novak dies at 78  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Conservative columnist and former CNN “Crossfire” co-host Robert Novak 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.
Lynn Sweet:
Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, “Prince of Darkness” died Tuesday  —  Please check back here; I am updating through the day.  —  WASHINGTON—Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nation's most influential journalists, who relished his “Prince of Darkness” …
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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
Robert Novak: Innovator's life marked by passion  —  BY SUN-TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  —  Most people know the late Sun-Times columnist Robert D. Novak, who died this morning [Tuesday] from complications of a brain tumor, as a journalist.  And indeed he was among the best this country has produced.
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Robert Novak, Long-Time Conservative Columnist, Dies at 78
Discussion: The Plank
New York Times:
Robert Novak, Conservative Columnist, Is Dead at 78
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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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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 …
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House downplays outcry over public option
Discussion: The Nation and TPMDC
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
THE PUBLIC OPTION FREAK OUT.
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 …
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 …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
White House says it did send unwanted e-mails … WASHINGTON (AP) - After insisting no one was receiving unsolicited e-mails from the White House, officials reversed their story Monday night and blamed outside political groups for the unwanted messages from the tech-savvy operation.
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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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Huck accused of America-bashing  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended himself Tuesday against accusations from liberal bloggers that he has been “bashing America” during his ongoing visit to Israel.  —  “Don't minimize the idea that some in the left wing of the press are capable …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Christie stumbles again in closely watched NJ gubernatorial fight  —  The New York Times has more this morning on a story that broke Monday afternoon — N.J. GOP gubernatorial candidate and former federal prosecutor Chris Christie lent $46,000 to a top aide while still on the government payroll …
Discussion: Associated Press, TPMDC and MyDD
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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:
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and Blue Crab Boulevard
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Orders New Look at Death Row Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal trial court in Georgia to consider the case of Troy Davis, who is on death row in state prison there for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer.
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Kim Dae-jung, 83, Ex-President of South Korea, Dies  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Dae-jung, a dissident who survived a death sentence and an assassination attempt by military dictators before winning the South Korean presidency and receiving a Nobel Peace Prize, died on Tuesday.  He was 83.
Discussion: The Agonist, Instapundit and The Page
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Yale Surrenders  —  Why did Yale University Press remove images of Mohammed from a book about the Danish cartoons?  —  The capitulation of Yale University Press to threats that hadn't even been made yet is the latest and perhaps the worst episode in the steady surrender to religious extremism …
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
Daily Mail:
Woman gives birth on pavement ‘after being refused ambulance’  —  A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after she was told to make her own way there.  —  Mother-of-three Carmen Blake called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she went into labour unexpectedly with her fourth child.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid's ‘Evil’ Moment  —  And Democrats wonder why their health plan isn't selling.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Remember when polite society treated a politician's use of the word “evil” as a sign that the old boy was dangerously lacking upstairs?
 
 
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Andrew Klavan / Wall Street Journal:
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Splitting Health Reform
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Jay Rosen on the Term “Blogger”
Terence Chea / Associated Press:
Protesters want UC Berkeley law professor fired
Stephen Losey / Fedline:
Postal supervisors: Obama swipe “a kick to the chest”
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Lanny Davis disease and America's health care debate
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Police-involved marriage proposal draws fire
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“Death Panels.” A most excellent term.
 

 
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