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3:05 AM ET, August 20, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
New Rx for Health Plan: Split Bill  —  The White House and Senate Democratic leaders, seeing little chance of bipartisan support for their health-care overhaul, are considering a strategy shift that would break the legislation into two parts and pass the most expensive provisions solely with Democratic votes.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
White House Will Weather Liberal Anger; Baucus Doubles Down  —  The White House and Senate Democrats won't buckle to demands from liberals that they revise their health care strategy, officials said today.  —  White House advisers and Democratic strategists concede that President Obama's poll numbers …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Prospect's Starr to Progressives: Thanks for Being Pawns; Now Chill on the PO  —  There is something of value when elites tell you the truth, even while they're insulting you.  So when the courageously anonymous *cough* senior White House official told the Washington Post that anyone who thinks …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Without Public Option, Enthusiasm for Health Care Reform, Especially Among Democrats, Collapses  —  Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if the so-called “public option” is removed.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Major Health Insurance Company Urges Employees To Attend Tea Parties
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Unreal: MSNBC edits clip of man with gun at Obama rally to support racism narrative  —  I missed this yesterday at Newsbusters but Treacher, rightly aghast, tipped me to it this afternoon.  Never will you see a starker example of MSNBC getting away with the sort of deception for which Fox News …
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Ace of Spades HQ:
Oh, My: MSNBC Carefully Crops Shot of Black Man Carrying AR-15 at Healt Care Rally to Avoid Skin Color, So They Can Then Rant and Rave About “White People” Showing Up With Guns When a “Person of Color” is President  —  Oh yes they did.  —  Allah is outraged, as is the Newsbusters which found this (or rather their partner/parent MRC).
Washington Post:
Poll Shows Most Americans Oppose War in Afghanistan  —  A majority of Americans now see the war in Afghanistan as not worth fighting, and just a quarter say more U.S. troops should be sent to the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Most have confidence in the ability …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
A deeper look at the birthers  —  After we conducted polls over the last couple of weeks finding significant numbers of ‘birthers’ in North Carolina and Virginia, we decided to take the question national but also drum down more specifically on where exactly the people who think Barack Obama …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
The LaRouche Cult and the Health Care Protests  —  After noting that the disturbed woman who accused Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) of supporting a “Nazi policy” was a LaRouche cultist, I checked out the trove of videos that LaRouche's Virginia-based organization has made available since …
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Was Barney Frank's ‘Nazi’ Questioner a LaRouche Cultist?  [UPDATE: Confirmed]
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Billings Gazette:
Survey: Cash for Clunkers is tapped out
Discussion: Hot Air
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chuck Todd thinks we support the public option just because conservatives don't  —  On Andrea Mitchell's show this morning, Chuck Todd was on to opine about health care reform.  He said one outrageous thing and one right thing.  The Toddster said that progressives might be attached …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Is there really a boycott of Glenn Beck?  Update: Law of unintended consequences?  —  We've heard about the boycott of the Glenn Beck Show on Fox News Channel, one where as many as 20 advertisers have dropped their spots, thanks to pressure from left-wing groups angry at ... well, their latest anger du jour.
The Politico:
Dem investigators target insurers  —  House Democrats are probing the nation's largest insurance companies for lavish spending, demanding reams of compensation data and schedules of retreats and conferences.  —  Letters sent to 52 insurance companies by Democratic leaders demand extensive documents …
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Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
House Democrats Increase Pressure on Health Insurers
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Sought Blackwater's Help in Plan to Kill Jihadists  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Raw Story
Mike Scarcella / The BLT:
Harriet Miers Takes Another Crack at the U.S. Supreme Court  —  Former White House counsel Harriet Miers once aspired to serve on the Supreme Court, a bid that failed in 2005.  Now, back in private practice, she's angling to argue a case before the high court.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Whole Foods Recipe for Health Reform  —  Now is the time for all good capitalists to shop at Whole Foods.  —  Not only will you get great produce, fresh meat, fish and healthy to-go meals, but you'll irritate those who think that President Obama's health-care plan isn't quite progressive enough.
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Reuters:
Hijackers Threatened to Blow Up Mystery Ship: Reports  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - The hijackers of a cargo ship that disappeared off the coast of France threatened to blow it up if their ransom demands were not met, Russian news agencies said on Wednesday.  —  Russia on Tuesday arrested eight people …
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
The Greenback Effect  —  IN nature, every action has consequences, a phenomenon called the butterfly effect.  These consequences, moreover, are not necessarily proportional.  For example, doubling the carbon dioxide we belch into the atmosphere may far more than double the subsequent problems for society.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
New poll finds that 39 percent of Americans want government to ‘stay out of Medicare.’  —  As ThinkProgress has noted before, conservatives have frequently obscured the fact that Medicare is a government-run single-payer program.  Constituents appearing at health care town halls have even demanded …
Daily Express:
SICK FANATICS CHEER BODY BAGS  —  BRITISH Muslim fanatics sparked fresh fury last night by praising Taliban “heroes” for sending our troops back from Afghanistan in body bags.  —  Dozens of homegrown “jihadis” have posted website messages cheering last weekend's carnage in Helmand province …
Associated Press:
Mom of Bristol Palin's Ex Cops Plea  —  Mother of Bristol Palin's Former Fiance Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Deliver Painkiller  —  (AP) The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has reached a plea deal in her drug case.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Bernanke, a Hero to His Own, Can't Shake Critics  —  WASHINGTON — Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, no longer looks sleep-deprived.  —  He still works seven days a week, but earlier this month he took two days off — for the first time in two years — to attend his son's wedding.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Mike Zapler / Mercury News:
Legislature to vote on sweeping prison reforms  —  SACRAMENTO — Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are poised as soon as today to enact a package of far-reaching prison reforms that would allow some prisoners to serve the last 12 months of their sentences under house arrest …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anti-Reform Group's Internal Memo: “Rumors Of The Death Of The Public Option Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”  —  In a clear sign that conservatives are worried that the public option could still survive, an internal memo from a top anti-health care reform group claims that “rumors of its death” …
Bkrueger / Raleigh News & Observer:
Etheridge considering Senate bid  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge said today that he is giving some thought to running against Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year.  —  Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, said he has been courted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as a potential candidate, reports Rob Christensen.
Ericka Mellon / Houston Chronicle:
San Diego school chief, berated and beloved, likely HISD pick  —  The San Diego, Calif., schools chief — whose rapid-fire reforms have inflamed the teachers' union and impressed others — is the frontrunner to lead the Houston Independent School District.  —  The Houston school board …
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Martin Fletcher / Times of London:
The face of Abbas Kargar Javid — man accused of killing Neda Soltan  —  The man accused of killing Neda Soltan has been identified as Abbas Kargar Javid, a pro-government militiaman, after photographs of the Basiji's ID cards appeared on the internet.  —  The identification challenges …
Discussion: Wizbang
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A call with the rabbinate  —  From the Washington Jewish Week, and confirmed just now by Gibbs:  —  President Barack Obama needs some outside help pushing health care reform, and he's turning to rabbis to get it.  —  In a morning conference call with about 1000 rabbis from across the nation …
Jim Towey / Wall Street Journal:
The Death Book for Veterans  —  Ex-soldiers don't need to be told they're a burden to society.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Discussion: Israpundit and Pundit & Pundette
 
 
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