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GOP watch: 'Death panel'?

On Friday, Sarah Palin made this posting on her Facebook page regarding Obama's health-care plans: "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

Meanwhile, "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich lent credence Sunday to Sarah Palin's claim that the healthcare reform legislation will create 'death panels' to judge end-of-life issues. 'Communal standards, historically, is a very dangerous concept,' Gingrich said on ABC's 'This Week.'" And: "In defense of Palin's remarks, Gingrich cited an article written by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and a healthcare policy adviser, that suggested the possibility of population control. 'You're asking us to trust turning over power to the government, when there are clearly people in America who believe in establishing euthanasia, including selective standards,' Gingrich said."
 
Howard Dean on Sunday shot back, saying there's nothing in any of the health-care bills about euthanasia, and that Palin "just made that up. Just like the 'Bridge to Nowhere' that she supposedly didn't support."

More bad news for Mark Sanford, per the AP: "South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford used state aircraft for personal and political trips, often bringing along his wife and children -- contrary to state law regarding
official use, an Associated Press investigation has found."