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2:30 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.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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: Confederate Yankee
Confederate Yankee:
[Men Behaving Badly] Yes We Cannibal
Discussion: Hot Air and George's Bottom Line
New York Times:
Obama Aides Aim to Simplify and Scale Back Health Bills  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress next week in an effort to rally support for health care legislation as White House officials look for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PULLING THE ‘TRIGGER’?.... Several months ago, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), arguably the most important lawmaker in the known universe right now, recommended the idea of a “trigger” in health care reform.  As she saw it, Congress could create a public option, but it wouldn't be implemented …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Spotlight on ... Maine?  —  Ground zero of the health care …
Discussion: WMTW-TV and The Politico
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Snowe's ‘trigger’ on public option may be key to endgame
Discussion: msnbc.com
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.
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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
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
STAFF AS ‘FORGETFUL’ AS THE BOSS
Discussion: WCBS-TV, A Blog For All and Instapundit
Matthew Mosk / Washington Times:
WH withdraws call for students to ‘help’ Obama  —  The Obama administration late Wednesday withdrew a recommendation that school children who watch a video featuring President Obama next week write about how they might “help the president” as part of a classroom assignment.
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Fox News:
White House Withdraws Call for Students to ‘Help’ Obama
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.
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?
Gateway Pundit:
A Truther Czar?... Obama's Green Czar Van Jones Believes Bush Government 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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Accountability, but at What Cost?  —  My friend and fellow columnist Eugene Robinson has written a characteristically passionate and well-reasoned piece commending Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to name a special counsel to examine possible law-breaking by interrogators of terrorist subjects during the last administration.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Long-Term Implication of the Public Option Fight  —  Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva  —  Josh Marshall ponders: “What if the version of the public option that emerged in the House (which has to be seen as the maximal version of what's possible) is so constrained and anemic that it wouldn't really accomplish anything anyway?”
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Ezra Klein:
Can You Beat Centrists at Their Own Game?
Discussion: Firedoglake, TalkLeft and Open Left
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” …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Revenge of Levi  —  For the first time in my life, I feel sympathy for Sarah Palin.  —  Levi Johnston — you will remember him from his featured role as the father of Bristol's baby at the Republican convention — has written an article for the new issue of Vanity Fair.
Wall Street Journal:
The Revolt of the Masses  —  Electorates are casting a global no-confidence vote in their leaderships.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When the political world arrives at the point where even the Japanese rise up to toss a party from office after almost 54 years in power, it's time to see something's happening here, Mr. Jones.
Discussion: Commentary and QandO
Peter Popham / The Independent:
I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan's first lady  —  Move over Michelle, watch your backs, Carla and Sarah.  There's a new kid on the first lady block, and she looks like upstaging the lot of you.  —  Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama …
Discussion: Time, FP Passport, ParaPundit and Gawker
Kate Devlin / Telegraph:
Sentenced to death on the NHS  —  Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors warn today.  —  In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.
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.
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Finds “Communist” Art At NBC Headquarters At Rockefeller Center (VIDEO)  —  If you thought Glenn Beck's conspiracy theories couldn't get any more bizarre, you obviously don't watch that much Glenn Beck.  —  This time Beck is taking shots at the titan of American capitalism …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
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 …
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:”
Laurel Wentz / AdAge:
9/11 Ad for WWF Causes Tsunami of a Crisis for DDB Brasil  —  Apology Doesn't Stave Off Global Compensation; Video Version Surfaces  —  An obscure ad that ran once in a small Sao Paulo newspaper months ago has come back to haunt DDB Brasil and its conservation client, the WWF in Brazil …
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Townhall.com
New York Post:
SPITZER'S BABE SLAPS THE SNOBS  —  TELLS WOMEN: YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN ME!  —  The high-paid escort who notoriously romped with disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a message to New York ladies: You're no better than me!  —  “Get real and get over yourself,” Ashley Dupre bluntly tells all the women out there who “just love to judge.”
 
 
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