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10:45 AM ET, August 20, 2009

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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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Obama Calls Health Plan a ‘Moral Obligation’
Discussion: Althouse and Facing South
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).
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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Jude Sheerin / BBC:   Afghans vote amid militant threat
Guardian:
Live blog: Afghanistan election
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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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.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light, EconLog and Reason
Dan Strumpf / Associated Press:
NY dealers pull out of clunkers program  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of auto dealers in the New York area have withdrawn from the government's Cash for Clunkers program, citing delays in getting reimbursed by the government, a dealership group said Wednesday.
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Billings Gazette:
Survey: Cash for Clunkers is tapped out
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Associated Press:
AP source: White House deficit less than projected  —  WASHINGTON — The federal budget picture will look slightly better next week.  Relatively speaking.  —  The White House plans to announce the federal deficit will still be a record breaker, at $1.58 trillion, for the current 2009 fiscal year.
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
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.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Ridge admits Bush administration pushed to raise security alert for political reasons on eve of re-election.  —  Former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is releasing a book on September 1 titled, “The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...and How We Can Be Safe Again.”
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Baucus Caucus: PhRMA, Insurance, Hospitals and Rahm  —  We started this whip count effort on June 23 because it became clear that in the course of making their deals with stakeholders, the Baucus Caucus (who were negotiating on behalf of the White House, with the participation of the White House) …
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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.”
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
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Obama Administration Making Progress on Transferring Guantanamo Bay Detainees  —  The Obama administration has secured commitments from nearly a dozen countries willing to accept detainees from Guantanamo Bay and is increasingly confident about its ability to transfer a large majority …
Discussion: The Politico, On Deadline and The Page
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Dancin' Tom DeLay Goes All Birthers, Guns and Pumps on Hardball  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) today claimed that at one of his town halls in the 1980s, protesters “brought quadriplegics in on gurneys and dumped them on the floor in front of my podium.”
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
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 …
 
 
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
D.C. delegate calls for ban on guns near Obama
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
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Steven Malanga / RealClearMarkets:
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Ericka Mellon / Houston Chronicle:
S.D. educator, berated and beloved, is likely HISD pick
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Mike Zapler / Mercury News:
Legislature to vote on sweeping prison reforms
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Major Health Insurance Company Urges Employees To Attend Tea Parties
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Jim Towey / Wall Street Journal:
The Death Book for Veterans
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