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Noisy town halls made news

Were the "liberal" media to blame for health reform's stumble last month? The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne thinks so. "I've spoken with Democratic House members, most from highly contested districts, about what happened in their town halls," he wrote. "None would deny polls showing that the health-reform cause lost ground last month, but little of the probing civility that characterized so many of their forums was ever seen on television." Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, told Dionne he viewed the shouters at his meetings as taking "the Ron Paul libertarian position that represents 2 to 5 percent of the country."

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