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5:55 PM ET, August 19, 2009

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New York Times:
Democrats Seem Set to Go Alone on a Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority's cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:   Tweety Warns Weiner It Will Be ‘War’ …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Blue Dog: Votes aren't there to go it alone on public option
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Bachmann: Health Care Reform Is Unconstitutional
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: TalkLeft
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Grassley to Dems: Let's keep working together
Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Gibbs Denies Reports that WH, Democrats Giving Up on Bipartisan …
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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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
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Barney Frank's Townhall
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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
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.
Jo Becker / New York Times:
A Conservative's Road to Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy  —  Theodore B. Olson's office is a testament to his iconic status in the conservative legal movement.  A framed photograph of Ronald Reagan, the first of two Republican presidents Mr. Olson served, is warmly inscribed with “heartfelt thanks.”
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Chris / Law Dork:
BREAKING: Judge Denies LGBT Orgs, Grants San Fran Request to Join Prop 8 Challenge
Sam Dagher / New York Times:
At Least 95 Killed in Series of Attacks in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD — At least 95 people were killed and 563 wounded in a series of truck bombings and other attacks on Wednesday that rocked areas around official buildings in central Baghdad, the Interior Ministry said.
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Nearly 100 Killed, Hundreds More Injured in Baghdad Blasts
Ryan Sager / New York Times:
Keep Off the Astroturf  —  WITH the “public option” part of President Obama's health care reform plan looking dead in the water, many of its supporters are taking issue with the legitimacy of its opposition.  “We call it ‘Astroturf,’ ” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said of the protesters at town-hall meetings.
Discussion: The Next Right and Betsy's Page
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Michelle Malkin:
All aboard the Astroturf bus!
Discussion: MLive.com
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?
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.
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
New Doubts Raised Over Famous War Photo  —  After nearly three-quarters of a century Robert Capa's “Falling Soldier” picture from the Spanish Civil War remains one of the most famous images of combat ever.  It is also one of the most debated, with a long string of critics claiming that the photo …
Discussion: The New Republic
Political Punch:
Back in Home Districts, Much-Wooed Blue Dogs Not Barking for Health Care Reform Legislation  —  The 52 members of the House Blue Dog Caucus of moderate to conservative Democrats are, like most other members of Congress, back in their home districts.  —  Members of this group …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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A call with the rabbinate  —  From the Washington Jewish Week …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Michelle Malkin:
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Matthew Duss / American Prospect:
Will Huckabee Pay A Price For Rejecting the Two-State Solution?
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The Politico:
Dem investigators target insurers
Discussion: Townhall.com
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
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Robert Tomsho / Wall Street Journal:
College-Entrance Test Scores Flagging
Discussion: Clusterstock