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12:15 AM ET, September 4, 2009

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KTLA:
Man's Finger Bitten Off in Scuffle at Health Care Rally  —  THOUSAND OAKS — A 65-year-old man had his finger bitten off Wednesday evening at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.  —  Sheriff's investigators were called to Hillcrest and Lynn Road at 7:26 p.m.
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Karoli / odd time signatures:
Health Care Vigil in Thousand Oaks: Provocation to violent response  —  Yes, I was at the health care vigil tonight in Thousand Oaks.  Yes, I saw what happened, though it was from across a very large street.  I can't tell you who said what to who, but I will tell you what the mood was …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
MoveOn: California fracas, finger-biting ‘regrettable’  —  A spokeswoman for MoveOn responded to an incident this morning in which a supporter allegedly bit the finger off a conservative demonstrator amid a health care-related fracas in Ventura County, calling the violence “regrettable.”
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama Critic Gives MoveOn the Finger — Doesn't Get It Back  —  Well, William Rice didn't actually give MoveOn the finger — his pinky was forcibly removed by an Obamacare supporter's teeth.  —  Rice, a 65-year-old real-estate appraiser from Newbury Park, Calif., expected some heated arguments …
Discussion: LiveWire, Pat Dollard and Hot Air
Adam Foxman / VenturaCountyStar.com:
Healthcare-reform opponent says bit-off finger could not be re-attached
Discussion: American Power
Cspanjunkie / Crooks and Liars:
Interview With Man Who Had Finger Bitten Off At Town Hall (Bill Rice)
Discussion: The TrogloPundit
Ben Frumin / LiveWire:
Eyewitness Tells Of Finger-Biting At Health Rally
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Health Reform Opponent's Finger Bitten Off
Discussion: Red County, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Political Punch:
Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 “Truther” Movement, Apologizes for Past Comments  —  A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed …
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Gateway Pundit:
A Truther Czar?... Obama's Green Czar Van Jones Believes Bush Administration Was Behind 9-11  —  It figures.  —  Barack Obama's communist Green Czar Van Jones is a Truther.  —  He believes the Bush Administration was behind 9-11 and signed the official 9-11 Truth Document demanding a further investigation.
Fox News:
‘Green Jobs’ Adviser's Past Could Stir Trouble for White House at Critical Time  —  White House green jobs adviser Van Jones' past associations and remarks are stirring controversy at a time when the Obama administration is trying to keep controversy at a minimum.  —  FOXNews.com
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times:
Green jobs ‘czar’ signed ‘truther’ statement in 2004  —  President Obama's “green jobs czar” Van Jones has been targeted again and again by conservatives for his controversial views and now they'll have another item to use as fodder.  —  Mr. Jones signed a statement for 911Truth.org …
Associated Press:
Obama speech to students draws conservative ire  —  DALLAS — President Barack Obama's back-to-school address next week was supposed to be a feel-good story for an administration battered over its health care agenda.  Now Republican critics are calling it an effort to foist a political agenda on children …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Liberals Write Directly To Obama: No Public Option, No Support  —  In a letter delivered to the White House moments ago, the two leaders of the bloc of House progressives bluntly told President Obama that they will not support any health care plan without a public option in it — and demanded a meeting to inform him face to face.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi: A Bill Without a Strong Public Option Will Not Pass the House
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Open Left
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FABRIC IS STRONG, BUT IT'S NOT INDESTRUCTIBLE.... Time's Joe Klein reports from Arkansas, where he attended a town-hall event hosted by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D).  He found an “astonishing” number of attendees who were absolutely certain that President Obama has “larded the government with communists.”
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
It Gets Worse  —  I was at a Blanche Lincoln town hall meeting …
Discussion: The New Republic
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Extremism in Media's Glare  —  Health-care reform is said to be in trouble partly because of those raucous August town-hall meetings in which Democratic members of Congress were besieged by shouters opposed to change.  —  But what if our media-created impression of the meetings is wrong?
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Too many Democratic congressmen behaving like jackasses for bloggers …
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Say Town Hall Meetings Should Be for Congressmen to Listen, Not Speak
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
MSNBC removes Buchanan column from site  —  Pat Buchanan has received a lot of criticism recently for his column marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, where the conservative pundit questions whether Hitler has gotten a bum rap.  —  By extension, MSNBC …
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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
MSNBC promoting Buchanan's Hitler column on its own website
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Ezra Klein's Misplaced Dilemma  —  The usually observant Ezra Klein apparently thinks the problem we're having with health care reform is that Congressional “centrists” are more likely indifferent or hostile to whether reforms succeed than are the reform activists.
Discussion: Wonk Room, Viking Pundit and Daily Kos
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
How Did Economists Get it So Wrong?  —  I. MISTAKING BEAUTY FOR TRUTH  —  It's hard to believe now, but not long ago economists were congratulating themselves over the success of their field.  Those successes — or so they believed — were both theoretical and practical, leading to a golden era for the profession.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Inexorable Logic of Iraq  —  Since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq's cities, two months have passed, and so has the illusion that Iraq is smoothly transitioning to a normality free of sectarian violence.  Recently, Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. troops there, “blanched” when asked if the war is “functionally over.”
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Black Caucus warns Obama on speech  —  Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  CAN IT BE ANY CLEARER?  THE LEFTIST DEMOCRATS ARE DRIVING THE OBAMACARE AGENDA —  IT'S ALL ABOUT MORE ‘WELFARE & WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION’ BY THE SO-CALLED BLACK CAUCUS.  —  Posted By: WELFARE & WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION.
Discussion: YID With LID and Riehl World View
Ashley Dupre / Global Grind:
The Controversy Won't Stop...  SOURCE:  —  I read the front page of the NY Post this week and was happy to see that Mr. Spitzer is moving on with his life and considering getting back into politics.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Everyone deserves a second chance.  Me too, right?  Well, apparently not.
Brett J. Blackledge / Associated Press:
Biden ignores problems with stimulus  —  Money slow to trickle out and some spending priorities are questionable  —  “The Recovery Act is doing more, faster and more efficiently and more effectively than most people expected,” Biden said.  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Khadafy to United Nations: Abolish Switzerland!  —  Libya's Col. Moammar Khadafy has a beef with Switzerland and plans to ask the United Nations to abolish the tiny Alpine home of milk chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodeling.  —  According to Swiss minister Christa Markwalder …
Robert Quigley / Mediaite:
Anti-Beck Backlash Hits Nauseating Extreme with “Murder and Rape” Meme (UPDATED THRICE)  —  The viral posters that compared Obama to the Joker and to Hitler feel tame compared to the latest nasty meme to hit the Internet: insinuating that Glenn Beck raped and killed a young girl in 1990.
Discussion: TVNewser
 
 
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