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5:55 AM ET, August 23, 2009

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theblogprof:
Report From The Birmingham, MI Tea Party Protest - August 22, 2009  —  I took a few of my kids and headed down to Birmingham today, anticipating a good turnout at the tea party protest against unconstitutional government expansion.  I wasn't disappointed either.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SO THE KNOXVILLE TEA PARTY CROWD HAD A RECESS RALLY at the Federal Courthouse, where Rep. Jimmy Duncan and Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have offices.  They had 100-15 people (I heard that about half that many counterprotesters were there at the beginning, but they were marching off …
Paul Boerger / Mount Shasta Herald News RSS:
Web extra: Congressman Herger calls Obama plan ‘threat to democracy’  —  Republican Congressman Wally Herger held a health care town hall meeting Aug. 18 at Simpson University in Redding, where a partisan crowd of over 2,000 people loudly cheered Herger's position that a public option was “unacceptable.”
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Garofalo: Tea Party Protesters ‘Functionally Retarded Adults’; Says ‘I Want My Country Back’ Code for ‘I Want My White Guy Back’  —  You probably already knew Jeanane Garofalo was no fan of conservatives, Republicans or just about anything that could be described as right of center.
WorldNetDaily:
President Hannity?  Talker drops hint  —  Talk-show host says he won't rule out bid for White House  —  WASHINGTON - Talk-show host Sean Hannity, a vocal opponent of Barack Obama's policies, said today he would not rule out a bid for the presidency in 2012.
Arthur Martin / Daily Mail:
An overdraft?  That'll be £200 at Lloyds TSB (but only £15 if you're a Muslim)  —  Many Lloyds TSB customers are being hit with charges of up to £200 a month if they go into the red - while Muslims who use the bank are only being charged £15.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Daschle Has the Ear of the White House and the Health Industry  —  WASHINGTON — Six months have passed since the morning when Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, under fire for not paying certain taxes, called President Obama in his study off the Oval Office to withdraw his nomination as health secretary and reform czar.
Discussion: American Power
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
A Judgment Call That Comes Up A Bit Short  —  The first lady stepped off Air Force One during the Obama family's recent mini-vacation out West wearing a pair of moss-colored shorts.  They were not the kind of knee-grazing Bermudas or pedal pushers that the fashion industry has long advocated …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House Adds $2 Trillion to Deficit Forecasts
Discussion: BernardFinel.com and ParaPundit
Fox News:
‘Clunkers’ Program Benefits Foreign Automakers More, Data Shows  —  Smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles like the Toyota Corolla are top sellers, while buyers are trading in SUV's like the Ford Explorer to be scrapped, turning the already dwindling number of American car owners into the growing ranks of foreign car drivers.
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Senator seeks data on health insurer profits  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate Democrat asked the top 15 health insurers to explain what portion of premiums go to profits versus patient care, putting further pressure on the companies to explain their business practices as Congress considers sweeping health reform legislation.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Crooks and Liars
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Key Dems' Ethical Clouds Could Haunt Pelosi  —  One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorite boasts is that she “cleaned out the swamp of Washington,” a none too subtle swipe at what she calls the G.O.P.'s “culture of corruption” as evidenced by imprisoned former Rep. Duke Cunningham …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Lebanese man is target of first rendition under Obama  —  Contractor Raymond Azar is arrested in Afghanistan, hooded, stripped and flown to the U.S. His alleged crime?  Bribery.  A human rights activist calls the case ‘bizarre.’  —  Reporting from Alexandria, Va. - A Lebanese citizen …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Ridge Says He Was Pressured to Elevate Threat Warning
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Is Donna Edwards Catching the #Rahmflu?
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Shifts, Giving Names of Detainees to the Red Cross
Discussion: Emptywheel
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The Huffington Post:
Snowe Says No Public Option, White House Says “That's Democracy”
Discussion: Firedoglake
CNN:
Monitors: Taliban cut off fingers of Afghan voters
Discussion: Don Surber