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6:20 PM 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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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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Left flexes muscles on healthcare reform  —  The fury from the left about President Barack Obama's shift on a public option has raised the prospect of House liberals joining together to defeat a healthcare bill that doesn't meet their standards.  —  Heading into the August recess …
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 …
Washington Post:
Grassley Urges Scaling Back on Health-Care Reform Plan, Citing Town Hall Anger
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll Shows GOP Arguments About Health Care May Be Resonating
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Democrats.com and MyDD
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
If Progressive Members of the House Think We'll Accept Co-Ops …
Discussion: Prescriptions
Wall Street Journal:
New Rx for Health Plan: Split Bill
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:
Discussion: Reason and TBogg
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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” …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Unreal: MSNBC edits clip of man with gun at Obama rally to support racism narrative
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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Emptywheel:
Ambinder: Sorry I Was So Stupid, But I Was Right To Be Stupid
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Don't Cry For Tom Ridge
Discussion: Truthdig
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
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John Avlon / Blogs and Stories:
The Coming Liberal Suicide
Discussion: Majikthise
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Where I Stand on Health Care
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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Charles Mahtesian / Scorecard's Blog:
Charlie Cook: Dem situation has ‘slipped completely out of control’
Discussion: Clusterstock
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.
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 …
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KRQE-TV:
clunkers pile up  —  ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Some New Mexico auto dealers …
Discussion: Sense of Events and Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Hatch and Kennedy  —  In principle, there's something ridiculous about the fact that Ted Kennedy's possible medical incapacitation could play a role in the outcome of the health care debate.  Even if Kennedy is too sick to travel to Washington without endangering his health …
Discussion: Fox News and Hullabaloo
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Ezra Klein:
Ted Kennedy's Vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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
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 …
CNN:
Elizabeth Edwards: I expect a paternity test on Hunter's child  —  (CNN) — Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, told CNN she believes a DNA test will be conducted to confirm the paternity of the child of Rielle Hunter, with whom her husband conducted an affair.
Discussion: The Sleuth
John H / CNN:
Coleman headed to Harvard  —  (CNN) — Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has a new gig — at successor Al Franken's alma mater.  —  Harvard University's Institute of Politics announced Thursday that the former Republican senator will be part of its latest class of teaching fellows.
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
ABC's Charles Gibson to Cindy Sheehan: Thanks for your sacrifice.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Contradictions  —  The President does both sides …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama: everything gets ‘wee-weed’ up in D.C. in August
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Aaron Rowe / Wired Science:
New Mosquito Repellents Beat DEET
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee continues to come closest for 2012
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
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