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5:45 PM ET, August 28, 2009

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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
On Cyber Bill, Skepticism Warranted — But Nuance Needed
Ezra Klein:
We Ration.  We Ration.  We Ration.  We Ration.  —  “Look at Canada,” says Charles Krauthammer.  “Look at Britain.  They got hooked; now they ration.  So will we.”  —  So do we.  This is not an arguable proposition.  It is not a difference of opinion, or a conversation about semantics.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and MoJo Blog Posts
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Strategy to Save Obamacare, But at What Cost  —  Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead.  The 1,000-page monstrosity that emerged in various editions from Congress was done in by widespread national revulsion not just at its expense and intrusiveness but also at the mendacity with which it is being sold.
Ronald Bailey / Reason:   Ezra Klein's Confusion Over “Rationing”
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Anna Palmer / Roll Call:
Bachmann Faces Raucous Crowd in Minnesota  —  LAKE ELMO, Minn. — In her first health care town hall of the August recess, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann faced a volatile crowd looking for answers on the future of health care in America.  —  Hundreds of constituents packed …
Washington Post:
Holder's Decision To Probe CIA Hints At a New Dynamic  —  About five weeks ago, faced with a crucial decision on how to react to brutal CIA interrogation practices, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. concluded that it would be all but impossible to follow President Obama's mandate to move forward …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Fall Guy  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta getting sacked by his own team.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In the game of political football that is today national security, spare a thought for CIA Director Leon Panetta.  Quarterbacking is hard enough without getting sacked by your own team.
Newt Gingrich / Washington Examiner:
President Obama should fire Attorney General Eric Holder
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
‘Public Option’, Rolls Off the Tongue  —  Nate Silver wrote a post last night flagging an AARP poll, the upshot of which is that Americans don't seem to have any idea what the ‘public option’ even is.  As Silver notes, the fact that only 37% of respondents correctly identified what the ‘public option’ was …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Poll: Most Don't Know What “Public Option” Is — Including Pollsters
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Leadership Memo Urges Dems: Remember That Public Option Has Tons Of Support
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Great Gradualist  —  In the days since Ted Kennedy's death, the news programs have shown and re-shown the unforgettable ending of his 1980 Democratic convention speech — the passage from Tennyson and the beautiful final lines: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
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Michelle Malkin:
Race-baiter Democrat Rep. Diane Watson praises Cuban health system, Castro & Guevara who “kicked out the wealthy”  —  Longtime readers of this blog will be quite familiar with race-baiting Democrat Rep. Diane Watson of California.  —  She attacked Ward Connerly for marrying a white woman.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Hot Air
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Ned Schnittt / Breitbart.tv:   LA REP: OBAMACARE OPPONENTS WANT TO DESTROY ‘FIRST PRESIDENT WHO LOOKS LIKE ME’
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
With LeMieux Pick, the Dawn of a New Era of Appointed Senators  —  George LeMieux, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's selection to succeed retired Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), will become the fifth senator this year to take his seat through appointment.  A possible sixth appointee is waiting …
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St. Petersburg Times:
Crist picks George LeMieux to fill Senate seat
Discussion: Salon
David Cho / Washington Post:
Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger  —  Behemoths Born of the Bailout Reduce Consumer Choice, Tempt Corporate Moral Hazard  —  When the credit crisis struck last year, federal regulators pumped tens of billions of dollars into the nation's leading financial institutions …
P.J. Tobia / Afghan Desk:
US Military Investigates Afghan Desk  —  This article from Stars and Stripes has a lot of journalists talking.  It is about The Rendon Group, a company that puts together background briefs on reporters who apply for embeds with the US military in Afghanistan.  —  Most reporters in Afghanistan know about these reports.
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Stars & Stripes:   Army used profiles to reject reporters
Ben Calhoun / NPR:
‘Reading Rainbow’ Reaches Its Final Chapter … For 26 years, Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton (left) shepherded kids through the exciting world of books.  The show, which fostered a love of reading, was the third longest-running program in PBS history, outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Stephanopoulos: Kennedy Would Have Agreed To Ditch The Public Option  —  Last night, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos appeared on The O'Reilly factor and echoed a growing conventional wisdom.  —  “It's pretty clear right now that there aren't the votes in the senate to pass …
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The Note:
Senate GOP Doctor: Kennedy Death Doesn't Change Health Care Politics …
Michelle Malkin:
Rep. Michele Bachmann to heckler: “I've given birth here probably more times than you, sir”  —  Some pro-socialized medicine hecklers tried to shout down GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann as she pointed to the crappy care pregnant moms are getting in the U.K.  —  Watch her snappy retort.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Pakistan Back to Cutting Deals with the Taliban?  —  I've been saying for months now that Pakistan has no desire to move into South Waziristan, the Taliban and al Qaeda stronghold in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.  According to Time magazine, a Pakistani official with close ties …
Discussion: Time
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Bobby Ghosh / Time:
Pakistan: No Military Campaign Against the Taliban
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Dealing With Being the Health Care ‘Villains’  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Max Shireman says that when he looks in the mirror he does not see the monster the politicians have made him out to be.  —  Sure, he could stand to lose a few pounds.  And there was that speeding ticket last year for going 40 in a 30-mile-an-hour zone.
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
OOPS!  CHARLIE FORGOT THIS $1M HOUSE  —  REALTY BITES TAX-THEM-NOT-ME RANGEL  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Charles Rangel failed to report as much as $1.3 million in outside income — including up to $1 million for a Harlem building sale — on financial-disclosure forms he filed between 2002 and 2006, according to newly amended records.
CBS News:
CBS Reporter Injured in Afghanistan  —  Correspondent Cami McCormick Stable after IED Explosion Hits Army Vehicle  —  (CBS) CBS News Correspondent Cami McCormick was injured today in Logar Province, Afghanistan, while on assignment for CBS Radio News.  —  McCormick was traveling with members …
Discussion: Show Tracker and Romenesko
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
National Review Defends Its Segregationist Roots.  —  You'd think that National Review would be trying to put things like its proud advocacy of white supremacy during the Civil Rights Movement to rest, but Fred Schwartz wants you to know that William F. Buckley was right, dammit:
James Rowley / Bloomberg:
Pawlenty Says ‘Ludicrous’ to Claim Stimulus Pivoted Economy  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, charged that President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus program still isn't working and that his health-care overhaul proposal …
The Politico:
Burton defends new vacation  —  After a mid-August trip to America's national parks and a weeklong vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama plans ...  ... to take a little more time away from the office next week.  —  Obama will head to Camp David on Wednesday, Sept. 2 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama defies safety advocates, shuns bike helmet, looks great, ignites debate  —  In an obvious bid to broaden public support for his troubled healthcare reform plans, a vacationing President Obama has now taken to defying the advice of safety advocates at both the federal and state levels.
Kate Southwood / The Huffington Post:
Why Isn't Health Care a Right?  —  I am an American citizen without health insurance.  I don't have a dental plan, either.  I am, however, very familiar with the inside of my doctor's office as well as that of my municipal emergency room.  Not to mention the operating rooms at two city hospitals …
 
 
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Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Politics Of Amorality  —  Charles Murray responds …
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Joe Scarborough & Peggy Noonan: Americans Secretly Yearning …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Jewish Redemption Of Ted Kennedy
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John Rosenthal / Pajamas Media:
Inglorious Basterds: A German Fantasy, Not a ‘Jewish’ One
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