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President Obama, in remarks at the beginning of his health care town hall, spoke directly to those who might try to disrupt the event.

"I do hope we will talk with each other and not over each other," he said to applause. "Where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not wild misrepresentations" of what's in the bill.

He also deplored the "scare tactics" and "boogeymen" employed by the opponents of health care reform.

"For all the scare tactics," he said, "what is truly scary, what is truly risky, is if we let this moment pass."

A new survey of North Carolina by Public Policy Polling (D) finds that only 54% of the state's voters say President Obama was born in the United states, with 26% saying he was not and another 20% not sure.

Among North Carolina Republicans, a 47% plurality -- nearly a full majority -- say Obama was not born in America. Only 24% of state Republicans say he was born here, with 29% not sure.

It gets better, with PPP asking this question: "Do you consider Hawaii to be part of the United States?" Here it's 92% saying yes, 5% saying no, and 3% not sure. Among Republicans, 88% say Hawaii is a part of America, to 7% who say it is not, and 4% aren't sure.

Another day, another metastasizing lie about health-care reform that needs debunking.

We've already seen the euthanasia lie -- in which conservatives, including Sarah Palin, have claimed that a provision in the bill that would extend Medicare coverage to end-of-life consultations is really aimed at letting Obama kill your grandmother. But that's old news by now.

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A town hall attendee who told Sen. Arlen Specer (D-PA) that she doesn't want to see America turn into Russia appeared on Fox News after the event and offered her chilling view of the country's future:

I know that years down the road, I don't want my children coming to me and asking me, 'Mom, why didn't you do anything? Why do we have to wait in line for, I don't know, toilet paper or anything?' I don't want to have to tell them I didn't do anything. As a normal citizen, the most I feel like I can do is come to this town hall meeting.


"The country is slowly being ripped apart," said Katy Abram, who identified herself as someone who didn't care about politics until the last few years. "It scares the life out of me."



Abram was one of 30 people selected to ask a question to Specter. When she got up, she said, in part, "It's not about health care ... It's about the systematic dismantling of this country ... I don't want this country turning into Russia, turning into a socialized country. I want to restore this country to what it was under the Constitution."

The Democrats have picked an unconventional candidate for the upcoming special election in New York's 23rd District, where GOP Rep. John McHugh has been nominated by President Obama to be Secretary of the Army.

Democrats have selected attorney Bill Owens, an attorney and Air Force veteran, to go up against socially-liberal Republican state Rep. Dede Scozzafava for the special election, which has not had a date set yet. Here's the thing: Owens says he does not favor a public option, though he does favor various other progressive measures to regulate insurance companies and to expand coverage. He is also technically not a Democrat -- he's a registered independent.

Obama carried this district by 52%-47% in 2008, though it had gone to Republican presidential candidates in previous cycles.

"This is proof-positive that the Democrats' health care takeover is a political loser even in Blue America," said a statement from NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. "The only remaining question is whether Nancy Pelosi will call him 'un-American' for siding with public opinion."

Rep. David Scott (D-GA) told Fox News that his district office in Smyrna, Georgia, was vandalized with a four-foot swastika.

"We woke up this morning and my staff called me and said there was a swastika, a Nazi sign, painted on the sign," said Scott. "Which of course is very unfortunate, and I just feel very bad about it -- and really feel bad about the person who did it."

Scott -- who pointed out that he is the only House member to belong to the Blue Dogs, the New Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus -- had a widely-viewed tumultuous town hall meeting late last week:

At a health care town hall today with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), a man, who identified himself as a Republican, stood up to ask about the "many problems with this Obama government," one of which is the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Questioner: What about this Guantanamo closure? I don't want these criminals to come over here into our area and escape, and we find that a bunch of innocent people are murdered. And that's what's gonna happen. Didn't you ever read the Koran, Senator?


Specter: The Koran? No.


Questioner: I have read the Koran. And the Koran says that all unbelievers will be executed. Killed. That's why I cannot support Islam. I believe in the Jewish and Hebrew Christian philosophy, so I support that. I don't support any other direction because -- if somebody wants to read the Koran, you can find it. I can tell you where it is.


Specter: Well, the gentleman raises a question about what the Koran says about destroying the Christian Judaic world. And there's no doubt that there's a big problem of terrorism, and the threat which we saw carried out on 9/11. Well, on the issue of Guantanamo, the Congress has spoken to insist that Guantanamo be kept open until there is a plan.


A conservative heckler just got off a shot at Sen. Arlen Specter's (D-PA) town hall.

"I'd like to thank you for having the courage to come to this meeting, with the people who have sent you to Washington" the man said, with apparent sincerity, "the Republicans."

An angry man just confronted Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.



The man was nearly in a physical fight with another attendee, and some shoving was involved. Specter calmed everyone down before it got out of hand, and then the man confronted the Senator with a speech about how he doesn't have the ability to influence his government like special interests in Washington do.

"One day, God's gonna stand before you," the man concluded. "And he's gonna judge you and the rest of your damn cronies up on the Hill -- and the rest of your damn cronies up on the hill -- and then you can get your just desserts."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton snapped yesterday when a translator, taking a question about President Obama, mistakenly asked the secretary what former President Bill Clinton thinks about an issue.

"Wait, you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the secretary of state. I am," she said, visibly annoyed at the question.

"You ask my opinion, I'll tell you my opinion. I'm not going to be channeling my husband," she added.

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A student asked the question at a university in Kinshasa, Congo, about what President Obama thinks about Chinese financial contracts in Congo.

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