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7:10 PM ET, August 20, 2009

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Jordan Fabian / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Leading Blue Dog: Covering uninsured not top priority of health reform  —  Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) said on Wednesday that providing healthcare to uninsured Americans is “not what this healthcare reform debate is about.”  —  In making his comments, Ross, who is the centrist Blue Dogs' health …
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John Avlon / Blogs and Stories:
The Coming Liberal Suicide
Discussion: Majikthise
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘One way or another,’ Obama guarantees reform
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Madman Theory Of Political Bargaining: Part 4
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
If Progressive Members of the House Think We'll Accept Co-Ops …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Where I Stand on Health Care
US News:
Tom Ridge on National Security After 9/11  —  Tom Ridge, the first head of the 9/11-inspired Department of Homeland Security, wasn't keen on writing a tell-all.  But in The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...and How We Can Be Safe Again, out September 1, Ridge says he wants to shake “public complacency” over security.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Calling for Super-Supermajority for Health Care  —  In order to become law, a health care bill needs to secure a majority on the House Ways & Means Committee and also the House Energy & Commerce Committee and also the House Education & Labor Committee and, of course, the full United States House of Representatives.
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Washington Post:
Grassley Urges Scaling Back on Health-Care Reform Plan, Citing Town Hall Anger
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Righty bloggers slam MSNBC over ‘gun’ clip; network responds  —  Several conservative bloggers, including Hot Air, RedState, and NewsBusters, have taken MSNBC to task for not identifying a man with a gun at an Obama event as an African-American in a segment that discussed the “racial overtones” …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Unreal: MSNBC edits clip of man with gun at Obama rally to support racism narrative
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 …
Charles Mahtesian / Scorecard's Blog:
Charlie Cook: Dem situation has ‘slipped completely out of control’  —  Charlie Cook, one of the best political handicappers in the business, sent out a special update to Cook Political Report subscribers Thursday that should send shivers down Democratic spines.
Discussion: Clusterstock
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Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
Special Update from the Cook Political Report  —  For those of you not addicted to the 1:00pm EDT daily release of Gallup's three-night moving average tracking poll, President Obama's job approval rating in both their August 16-18 and August 17-19 averages was just 51 percent, the lowest level of his presidency.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Associated Press:
Obama admin. to end cash for clunkers on Monday  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will bring to an end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday, giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives.  —  The Transportation Department …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Washington Post
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Megan McArdle:
Who's Crazy Now?  —  A series of posts at Reason illustrates that the liberal rage at right-wing loonies is starting to sound, well, a little loonie:  —  From Jesse Walker: “The social construction of the brownshirt menace, chapter DXXIII: … Here's the video:
Joe Klein / Time:
The GOP Has Become a Party of Nihilists  —  In one of those awful collisions between public policy and real life, I was in the midst of an awkward conversation about end-of-life issues with my father when Sarah Palin raised the remarkable idea that the Obama Administration's attempt to include …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Glenn Beck Off This Week: Vacation or Something More?  —  First on TVNewser: Tipsters inside Fox News tell us Glenn Beck's vacation this week from his Fox News show was not planned.  We hear Beck was told to take this week off to let some of the heat surrounding him die down.
The Huffington Post:
New Poll: 77 Percent Support “Choice” Of Public Option  —  Read More: Poll Public Option, Public Option Poll.  Nbc Poll, Public Plan, Survey Usa, Survey Usa Poll, Politics News  —  More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a “choice” between …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
ABC's Charles Gibson to Cindy Sheehan: Thanks for your sacrifice.  Now get lost.  —  In an appearance August 18 on WLS radio in Chicago, ABC News anchor Charles Gibson was asked about anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan's plans to travel to Martha's Vineyard next week, where she will protest …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
The Note:
Obama Ally: Dem Majority Is History If Health Reform Fails  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  A top Obama ally predicted Wednesday in an interview with ABC News that Democrats will lose their congressional majority in next year's midterm elections if they fail to put a health-care reform bill on President Obama's desk.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Gateway Pundit
CNN:
Terminally ill Lockerbie bomber lands in Libya  —  GREENOCK, Scotland (CNN) — The man convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, two decades ago received a boisterous welcome when he landed in his native Libya on Thursday.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Steve Chapman / Reason:
An Odd Silence on Gay Marriage  —  Why won't leading opponents of same-sex marriage go on the record with their predictions?  —  Opponents of same-sex marriage reject it on religious and moral grounds but also on practical ones.  If we let homosexuals marry, they believe …
Discussion: Dean's World and The Daily Dish
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: No Government Control Over My Body!  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who is a a staunch champion of the religious right and an opponent of President Obama on all things under the sun, has a new line against the Democrats on health care: Keep the government off my body!
Randal Edgar / Providence Journal:
Rumor has it that Palin's moving to Rhode Island … It's only a rumor and even the writer says in the article that it's probably not true.  But for anyone who hasn't heard, the latest word on former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is that she's moving to Rhode Island.
 
 
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Flashback: FDR and Johnson Got Republican Votes
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Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Contradictions  —  The President does both sides …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama: everything gets ‘wee-weed’ up in D.C. in August
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John H / CNN:
Coleman headed to Harvard
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and TPMDC
CNN:
Elizabeth Edwards: I expect a paternity test on Hunter's child
Discussion: The Sleuth
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God and Gog: It's Like Christ and Anti-Christ Join Forces on Super Best Friends
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
Don't Sweat It  —  Obama sure looks to be in trouble …
Mike / The Baseline Scenario:
Has Mortgage Modification failed?
Discussion: Felix Salmon