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7:30 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.”
Carlos Lozano / L.A. Now:
Healthcare activist bites off finger of counter-demonstrator, authorities say [updated]  —  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.
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 …
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 and Moe Lane
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
Ben Frumin / LiveWire:
Eyewitness Tells Of Finger-Biting At Health 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
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.
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?
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
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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Gang of Six gives it one more try
Discussion: The Page
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.
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” …
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
GOP chairwoman eyes Reid challenge  —  Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden announced Wednesday she would step down from her post in order to explore a challenge to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  —  During a conference call with state party leaders, Lowden said she will leave her post Sept. 30.
Discussion: TPMDC
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Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Lowden leaving top GOP spot
Discussion: The Hill and Real Clear Politics
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.
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.”
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
MSNBC promoting Buchanan's Hitler column on its own website  —  From MSNBC's website:  —  UPDATE: It appears that the column has been removed from the MSNBC website.  MSNBC, however, has yet to offer any explanation on why it was posted in the first place.  —  Previously:
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
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:”
 
 
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