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9:55 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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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Kennedy, looking ahead, urges that Senate seat be filled quickly  —  Seeks law change for interim post  —  Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in a poignant acknowledgment of his mortality at a critical time in the national health care debate, has privately asked the governor and legislative leaders …
Bkrueger / Raleigh News & Observer:
Etheridge considering Senate bid
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).
Zombie / zomblog:   Death Threats Against Bush at Protests Ignored for Years
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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Guardian:
Live blog: Afghanistan election
Jude Sheerin / BBC:   Afghans vote amid militant threat
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo poll: 7 in 10 Democrats now say war in Afghanistan wasn't worth fighting
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.
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Billings Gazette:
Survey: Cash for Clunkers is tapped out
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Paedophile pensioner given Viagra on the NHS - despite string of attacks on children  —  A paedophile with a 30-year history of abusing children is being prescribed Viagra on the NHS - and there is nothing the authorities can do to stop him.  —  Roger Martin, 71, merely has to visit his GP …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Government Jobs Have Grown Since Recession  —  While the private sector has shed 6.9 million jobs since the beginning of the recession, state and local governments have expanded their payrolls and added 110,000 jobs, according to a report to be issued Thursday by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Fox News:
Health Insurers Fear Probe By House Dems Is Reprisal for Opposing Part of Obama's Plan  —  Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., sent a letter warning health insurers that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is “examining executive compensation and other business practices of the health industry.”
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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
A Good-News Photo Op Embarrasses 2 French Ministers  —  PARIS — It was apparently just a little summertime spinning with the aid of a grocery chain, but Luc Chatel, the education minister and government spokesman, found himself in some hot water over a supposedly staged visit to a quiet supermarket on Monday.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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.
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 …
Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:
Another Inauspicious Omen: Gersonism Revisited  —  No sooner do I get through hammering David Frum for his errors than I turn around to discover that we are to be afflicted with new plagues from the Duke of Dull, that eminent Master of Mediocrity, Michael Gerson.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The In Box
 
 
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Ericka Mellon / Houston Chronicle:
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