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11:20 AM ET, August 23, 2009

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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.
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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.
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
2010 SENATE CAMPAIGN: Polls show potential GOP challengers would beat Harry Reid  —  Tarkanian claims early GOP lead  —  It's the highest stakes ever for a Nevada election, and former boxer Sen. Harry Reid is on the ropes early.  Either Republican Danny Tarkanian or Sue Lowden would knock …
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.”
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Guns of August  —  “IT is time to water the tree of liberty” said the sign carried by a gun-toting protester milling outside President Obama's town-hall meeting in New Hampshire two weeks ago.  The Thomas Jefferson quote that inspired this message, of course, said nothing about water …
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Time to Get in the Ring  —  Though Obama's natural instinct is toward compromise, now's the time to fight on health-care reform. … The first duty of a political party in retreat is to find something its people can rally around, and saying no to Obamacare is working nicely for the Republicans.
Discussion: Don Surber and Redhot
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.
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Obama vacations where the elite meet  —  As the health care debate rages on, President Barack Obama will begin a week-long vacation Sunday in Martha's Vineyard, an enclave of liberal royalty far from middle America, where his approval numbers are starting to stall.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Could Afghanistan Become Obama's Vietnam?  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  —  Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Page and Hullabaloo
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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A Cul-de-Sac of Lost Dreams, and New Ones  —  MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — The rose bushes are back in bloom on Beth Court, but the lawns on the block remain parched and browning, reminders of the absent families who once tended to them.  —  On a recent evening, a new homeowner lugged …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Fox News:
White House Reveals Identity of Firm That Sent Unsolicited E-Mails on Health Reform  —  The White House revealed to FOX News that it hired a private communications firm to distribute mass e-mails, including unsolicited spam to help sell President Obama's health care plan.  —  FOXNews.com
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House Adds $2 Trillion to Deficit Forecasts
Discussion: BernardFinel.com
 
 
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Gaby Hinsliff / Guardian:
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Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia Governor's Race Seen as Crucial to Timothy M. Kaine's Political Future
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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Key Dems' Ethical Clouds Could Haunt Pelosi
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