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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
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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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  —  Afghans go to the polls today amid worsening violence in the country.  Follow live updates from Afghanistan by our Kabul correspondent, Jon Boone, and Mark Tran, Lee Glendinning and David Batty in London  —  11.58am: CNN's Kevin Flower tweets …
Discussion: New York Times and NPR Blogs
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo poll: 7 in 10 Democrats now say war in Afghanistan wasn't worth fighting
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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Billings Gazette:
Survey: Cash for Clunkers is tapped out
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
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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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.
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.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Kennedy looks to set stage for successor  —  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 to change the succession law to guarantee that Massachusetts …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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