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6:50 PM ET, September 3, 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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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.”
Carlos Lozano / L.A. Now:
Healthcare activist bites off finger of counter-demonstrator, authorities say  —  Authorities are searching for a healthcare reform activist today who they said bit off the finger of a 65-year-old counter-demonstrator during a fight at a MoveOn.org rally in Thousand Oaks.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Man bites off man's finger at Obama healthcare rally  —  Here's a weird little piece of late-breaking news about the nation's healthcare reform debate:  —  A 65-year-old man at a Wednesday night California rally supporting President Obama's embattled reform ideas had a finger bitten off during a scuffle with anti-reform protesters.
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Protester Bites off Finger of Obama Supporter at Health Care Rally
Discussion: The Mahablog
Eric Ingemunson / Red County:
Man at MoveOn.org healthcare vigil bites off opponent's finger
Discussion: LiveWire
Ben Frumin / LiveWire:
Eyewitness Tells Of Finger-Biting At Health Rally
Adam Foxman / VenturaCountyStar.com:   Healthcare-reform opponent says bit-off finger could not be re-attached
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:   Health Reform Opponent's Finger Bitten Off
Sarah Lovenheim / Capitol Briefing:
Town Hall Talk: Man's Fingertip Bitten Off at Health-Care Rally
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.
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wonderful: “Green jobs” czar Van Jones is a Truther
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Stop The ACLU
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Why Senator Chuck Grassley Turned on Health-Care Reform  —  If there had ever been any hope for a truly bipartisan health-care bill this year, it came in the person of one cantankerous and quirky Iowan.  For months, much to the consternation of many of his fellow Republicans, Charles Grassley …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Swampland
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New York Times:
Obama Aides Aim to Simplify and Scale Back Health Bills
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Long-Term Implication of the Public Option Fight
Ezra Klein:
Can You Beat Centrists at Their Own Game?
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.
Washington Post:
Rep. Charles Rangel Must Step Aside as Chairman of Ways and Means  —  FOR POLITICIANS with major bad news to release or to make public, there's no time like the dead of August to do it.  The thinking goes that the public won't remember a thing come September.  We hope Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) will have no such luck.
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
CHARLIE UPS THE RACE-CARD ANTE
Discussion: YID With LID and JammieWearingFool
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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Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Say Town Hall Meetings Should Be for Congressmen to Listen, Not Speak
Discussion: Don Surber and Scared Monkeys
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.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Schilling ineligible to run as Republican  —  Former Red Sox pitching ace Curt Schilling may be making noises about running for the Senate to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) but, according to Massachusetts election law, he's ineligible to run as a Republican.
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Rep. Pete Stark tells interviewer, “Get the f**k out of here or I'll throw you out the window”  —  Longtime readers of this blog are well aware of California Democrat Rep. Pete Stark (Raving Mad)'s unhingedness.  —  He has called a Republican opponent a “c**ksucker” …
Adam Fogle / The Palmetto Scoop:
Senator: Sanford behind rumors that Bauer is gay  —  KNOTTS CALLS FOR LEGISLATURE TO ‘MOVE SWIFTLY TO RID OUR STATE OF THIS GOVERNOR’  —  In a letter to South Carolina legislators, a prominent state senator Thursday said Gov. Mark Sanford's supporters were behind recent Internet rumors that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is gay.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
MSNBC promoting Buchanan's Hitler column on its own website  —  From MSNBC's website:  —  Previously:  —  MSNBC's Pat Buchanan defends Hitler.  Again.
New York Times:
Kennedy Memoir Doesn't Ignore Lows  —  In a memoir being published this month, Senator Edward M. Kennedy called his behavior after the 1969 car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne “inexcusable” and said the events might have shortened the life of his ailing father, Joseph P. Kennedy.
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Schultz: ‘I Believe Jesus Would Vote Yes for a Public Option’  —  What would Jesus do?  Well, Ed Schultz thinks he knows - that is on health care reform at least.  —  Schultz, on his Sept. 2 MSNBC program, “The ED Show” told viewers he believed Jesus would vote for a government public option.
Ben Conery / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Gonzales backtracks on support of probe  —  Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said Thursday that his previous assertion that it was “legitimate to question and examine” charges of CIA abuses of suspected terrorists did not mean he endorsed such an investigation.
Michelle Malkin:
Operation “Hall Pass on That”  —  From the National Tea Party Coalition, there's a counter-program to President Obama's Sept. 8 pretextual education speech.  —  “Hall Pass on That:”
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Paying for Healthcare  —  Bob Somerby is unhappy about liberals' inability to construct a decent message on healthcare — or anything else, for that matter: … Well, there's a reason that data is rarely mentioned: it's because the Democratic plans on offer right now do very little to change it.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jean Edward Smith / New York Times:
Roosevelt: The Great Divider  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S apparent readiness to backtrack on the public insurance option in his health care package is not just a concession to his political opponents — this fixation on securing bipartisan support for health care reform suggests that the Democratic Party …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Health care reform means more power for the IRS  —  There's been a lot of discussion about the new and powerful federal agencies that would be created by the passage of a national health care bill.  The Health Choices Administration, the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, the Health Insurance Exchange — there are dozens in all.
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and The Foundry
 
 
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