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Washington Post:
White House Is Seeking to Repair Intraparty Rift About Public Option  —  Public Option Wasn't Intended as Major Focus  —  President Obama's advisers acknowledged Tuesday that they were unprepared for the intraparty rift that occurred over the fate of a proposed public health insurance program …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Time to Give Up on the Public Option  —  Enough already with the public option!  —  It is not the be-all and end-all of health-care reform.  It is not the long-awaited safety net for the uninsured.  And if, as many liberals hope, it turns out to be nothing more than Medicare for All …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Prospect's Starr to Progressives: Thanks for Being Pawns; Now Chill on the PO
Discussion: American Prospect and Salon
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Major Health Insurance Company Urges Employees To Attend Tea Parties
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Barney Frank's Townhall
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Capitol Briefing:
Frank Blasts Nazi Comparisons From LaRouche Backers
Pew Research Center:
More See White House and GOP Leaders at Odds  —  Democratic Favorable Ratings Slide  —  Americans are in an increasingly sour mood about Washington.  Barack Obama's approval ratings continue to inch downward and a growing proportion of Americans (63%) think that the president and Republican leaders …
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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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and The Politico
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 …
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.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Farmers Insurance pulls Beck ads
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S GOOD, BAD NEWS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Good news and bad news: The (relatively) good news for the Obama White House in the new NBC News poll is that the contours of the health-care debate haven't really changed …
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Dan Strumpf / Associated Press:
NY dealers pull out of clunkers program  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of auto dealers in the New York area have withdrawn from the government's Cash for Clunkers program, citing delays in getting reimbursed by the government, a dealership group said Wednesday.
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” …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   Or Maybe God Doesn't Like Obamacare
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Whole Foods Devotees Lash Out at CEO  —  Customers, Angry Over His Health-Care Views, Share Feelings of Betrayal on Web  —  Whole Foods aficionados who assumed the company's management was as crunchy as the brand are feeling betrayed.  —  They have stormed Twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere …
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James Brown / CBS News:
TV News Giant Don Hewitt Dies At 86  —  CBS News Legend And “60 Minutes” Creator's Career Spanned 60 Years  —  (CBS) Don Hewitt, recognized as a father of modern television news and the creator of the medium's most successful broadcast, “60 Minutes,” died Wednesday after battling pancreatic cancer.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Senate bid dogged by Fiorina's failure to vote  —  (08-18) 19:51 PDT — Republican Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, took her first formal step Tuesday to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer - but does she pass the Citizenship 1o1 test?
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 …
Greg Giroux / Top Stories from CQ:
McCain: Maverick No More?  —  He ran for president last year as a “maverick” Republican and had a high-profile meeting with Barack Obama after the election, but Arizona Sen. John McCain has been a staunch Republican vote since failing to win the White House.
Discussion: Think Progress
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: Pundit & Pundette and Israpundit
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 …
Washington Post:
Majority in Post-ABC Poll Say Afghan War Not Worth Fighting  —  Few Express Confidence in Lasting Results From Thursday's Election  —  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.
The Huffington Post:
Pollster Behind Controversial Public Option Poll Has Long Ties To Insurance Industry  —  The Republican half of the bipartisan team of pollsters behind a new, controversial poll on health care has longstanding ties to the health insurance industry that critics say biased the results.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
BBC:
Ink-redible: 150-million-year-old squid discovered  —  Palaeontologists have drawn with ink extracted from a preserved fossilised squid uncovered during a dig in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.  —  The fossil, thought to be 150 million years old, was found when a rock was cracked open, revealing the one-inch-long black ink sac.
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Bachmann: Health Care Reform Is Unconstitutional  —  Speaking on Fox News last night, right-wing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that health care reform is unconstitutional: … Watch it:  —  Bachmann, however, is wrong about both the contents of the health care plan and the requirements of the Constitution.
Discussion: #gay and The Political Carnival
 
 
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