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At the White House press briefing just now, Robert Gibbs specifically named Sarah Palin as a person who has been spreading false information about the administration's health care plan -- clearly a reference to the "death panel" smear, though he did not bring up that specific allegation.

Gibbs was asked for an example of people who have been spreading the disinformation he's complained about. "I think you've seen certain elected officials give out information that was wrong," said Gibbs.

When pressed further for an example, Gibbs replied: "Well, Sarah Palin gave out information that I think many of you all pointed out was wrong, just on Friday. So that's one."

It was then pointed out to Gibbs that Palin isn't an elected official anymore.

"Well fair enough," Gibbs replied, with a bit of a smile. "I promoted her, I guess, to current Alaska Governor rather than former."

Yesterday, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) claimed that recent town hall disruptions are an example of democracy in action--people voicing their concerns about health care reform will really mean.



That may very well be--but things might be different if people such as Price himself weren't misleading protest organizers, and scaring voters, about what's in the bill.

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The former chief speechwriter for George W. Bush and current conservative pundit told FoxNews today that the health care reform plan will "push elderly people into hospice instead of life extending treatments."

When asked if there's been "fear-mongering" in the reform debate, and if people have been getting accurate information about the possible legislation, Marc Thiessen responded:

The fact of the matter is, this plan is designed to get savings out of Medicare in order to fund health care - for a national health care plan. How do you get savings out of Medicare? You deny coverage. You push elderly people into hospice instead of life extending treatments. You create a panel ... which is empowered to ration care to get savings out of Medicare.... These are real concerns.


Thiessen also called town hall disrupters part of a "popular uprising" against a government trying to take over and "basically socialize" health care.

The Democratic Congressional Committee is now raising money off of Sarah Palin's infamous "death panel" remarks, in a new e-mail sent out this afternoon.

"Now, Sarah Palin is outrageously claiming that Americans 'would have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel'' to receive care," the e-mail says, emphasis theirs. "While Palin's attack is a complete fabrication, the GOP is closing ranks to defend these outright lies. Over the weekend, former Speaker Newt Gingrich stood by Palin's bizarre 'death panel' accusation on national TV."

The e-mail encourages recipients to download a "Health Care Fact Check Card," the link to which takes them to a donation page along with the card itself. The letter then ends on a more explicit, direct appeal for money.

Check out the full e-mail, after the jump.

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CNBC approached Tea Party activists, looking for angry protest events that would make good television, according to a leaked email from a Tea Party discussion group. And one Tea Bagger responded by flagging an upcoming event that, he said, "should be a riot ... literally."

Yesterday, Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin sent an email, obtained by TPMmuckraker, to a Tea Party google group. Martin told the group: "We have a media request for an event this week that will have lots of energy and lots of anger. This is for CNBC."

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Maybe this whole Tea Party thing done got out of hand?

A 62-year old man was arrested yesterday by the Portsmouth police, and is now being investigated by the Secret Service, for having brought weapons to the site of President Obama's New Hampshire visit.

Hours before Obama's arrival, 62-year old Richard Terry Young of the nearby town of Hampton was found with a pocket knife, and then a subsequent search of his car found an unlicensed gun.

Previous reports of guns at political events turned out to be much less than alarming -- as in Arizona, Tennessee and another in New Hampshire. But this one seems quite serious, if someone got arrested and the Secret Service is looking into it.

Another Democratic Congressman now says he has received threats over the health care bill: Dennis Moore of Kansas.

Moore told the Fox affiliate in Kansas City that he has received two separate threats in the last ten days. Moore also said that because of the threats, and because of the examples he's seen from other members' town halls, he won't be hold any town halls himself.

"I expect to have differences with people, differences of opinion. And, I respect people's opinions. But, I expect exchanges we have to be respectful and not threatening," said Moore. "As a former prosecutor, I certainly do not tolerate threats well and that's why I contacted the police department."

Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) have also announced that they've received threats. Also, a district office of Rep. David Scott (D-GA) was recently vandalized with a large swastika.

After firing David Iglesias as U.S. attorney for New Mexico, Karl Rove's top aide longed to replace him with a Republican party activist who had helped agitate for the firing in the first place, newly released documents reveal.

In early January 2007, several weeks after the firings had been carried out, the Albuquerque Journal reported, based on a press release from New Mexico senator Pete Domenici, that there were four leading candidates for the newly vacant post.

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Thanks to the advent of the Internet, news of UK's death panels offing internationally renowned scientists has reached the people who rely on the Britain's socialized medicine whenever they need health care. And they're rushing to their system's defense.

Using the hashtag #welovethenhs, they've taken to Twitter by the hundreds to tell personal stories of how the National Health Service has helped them. " #welovethenhs NHS Saved my life as a 19 year old naive lad!" writes one disgruntled tweep.

"Saved my life, saved my wife's life, beat my brother-in-law's cancer and embodies a compassionate civilized ideal #welovetheNHS," writes another. It goes on like this, every minute bringing dozens of new tweets--so many that, for a while anyhow, #welovethenhs was Twitter's top trending topic.

Late update: The British Prime Minister's office has a Twitter feed, and whoever manages it is collecting all tweets tagged #welovetheNHS, and passing them on to Gordon Brown, and Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

It's official: The GOP is officially taking the Dems-will-kill-seniors message to paid television advertising.

The Minnesota Republican Party, plus the support of the Republican National Committee, have been running TV ads version of the RNC's previous "Reforma" Web ad, a parody of pharmaceutical ads, only targeting "the Obama-Pelosi prescription for building a government takeover of health care."

Here's the ad targeting Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. There is also another version spotlighting Blue Dog Dem Congressman Collin Peterson.



One of the potential side effects: "The government can deny your health care based on patient age." That same line was in the original Web ad -- but now it's on paid TV.

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