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1:45 AM ET, August 21, 2009


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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Liberals And Gut Hatred, Or, Why I'm Sorry I Wrote What I Wrote  —  Both Glenn Greenwald and Marcy Wheeler have written posts eviscerating me for contending that Bush-hatred, not anything else, drove skepticism among liberals about the terrorist threat warnings.
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.
Ambinder: Sorry I Was So Stupid, But I Was Right To Be Stupid
Discussion: Salon, Hullabaloo and Open Left
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on '04 Vote
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Don't Cry For Tom Ridge
Discussion: Truthdig and Grasping Reality …
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.
Pelosi Says She Can't Pass Bill Without Public Option  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she won't be able to pass health-care legislation in her chamber if the measure doesn't include a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Madman Theory Of Political Bargaining: Part 4  —  Matt Yglesias does not like being equated with Blue Dogs: … I do not think Matt, or Ezra Klein, or Kevin Drum, or Paul Starr are closet Blue Dogs, but I DO think, in terms of political bargaining, they DO represent well why Democrats …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Daily Kos
John Avlon / Blogs and Stories:
The Coming Liberal Suicide  —  Blogs and Stories  —  As Democrats blast Obama over the public option, they risk destroying the policy they've been hoping for for years.  John Avlon on the party's fatal mistake.  —  Liberals revolt against a Democratic president's pragmatism.  Self-defeating stupidity ensues.
Discussion: Majikthise
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
If Progressive Members of the House Think We'll Accept Co-Ops …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘One way or another,’ Obama guarantees reform
David A. Patten /
Inside Cover  —  Zogby: Obama Hits Record Low in Poll  —  President Barack Obama's popularity has plummeted to a record low, with just 45 percent of voters now approving of his performance, according to the latest Zogby International poll.  —  Asked whether they approve or disapprove …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama's lost summer
Discussion: American Power
Obama fires back at political critics  —  US President Barack Obama launched a mocking counter-attack Thursday at pundits who believe the euphoric early promise of his presidency is evaporating amid bitter political warfare.  —  Obama, who has watched his poll ratings dip sharply over recent months …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama: everything gets ‘wee-weed’ up in D.C. in August  —  President Obama is betting on a more successful September than August, when it comes to his bid for healthcare reform.  —  At an online forum on healthcare held Thursday at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
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: Don Surber and Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
Gene Lyons / Salon:
You won't win the healthcare debate by calling people stupid racists  —  The folks listening to them are mostly just scared  —  A man speaks at a town hall held by Democratic Reps. Vic Snyder and Mike Ross at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock on Aug, 5.
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 …
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” …
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Obama would like you to see government as religion.  —  He addresses a group of religious leaders: … Bearing false witness?  Breaking the 9th Commandment?  So his opponents are sinners.  I'm trying to imagine the separation-of-church-and-state freakout if George Bush had taken this approach to arguing for one of his policies.
Ronald Dworkin / Wall Street Journal:
An Anesthesiologist's Take on Health-Care Reform  —  Expect a two-tier medical system and needless ER deaths if Congress and the White House have their way.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Every medical student learns an old adage: You can skimp on some medicine, but you can't skimp on obstetrics or anesthesiology.
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!
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
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 …
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.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Flashback: FDR and Johnson Got Republican Votes  —  The president whined today on Michael Smerconish's show: … President Obama might not be aware of this but FDR passed Social Security with massive Republican support — 81 Republicans voted in favor of the measure in the House and only 15 …
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:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bayh will have to ‘evaluate’ card check stance  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) will evaluate “card check” legislation when a final bill emerges, his office said Thursday.  —  A previous sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), Bayh's spokesman told the Howey Political Report …
Damon W. Root / Reason:
A History of Violence  —  Do the noisy protests directed at President Barack Obama's health care plan reveal something uniquely sinister about the American right?  A surprising number of liberal pundits seem to think so.  “Let's be honest with ourselves,” progressive blogger Josh Marshall declared …
Jon Greenberg /
796 Stimulus Jobs  —  When President Obama signed the federal stimulus package into law, officials said it would bring 16 thousand jobs to New Hampshire.  To get to that number, you have to start somewhere and today, the state issued its first formal tally of jobs paid for with stimulus dollars.
Discussion: and Don Surber
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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