Fake Democratic Health-Care Memo Spread Around by Republican Leadership

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Today Politico published an unverified memo of talking points for "Democratic health and communications staff" that made it seem like Democratic leadership was hoping to avoid talking about the specifics of the recent CBO score of the health-care bill. "We cannot emphasize this enough: do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative," the memo read. "Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and number of Americans covered." Immediately, Matt Drudge gleefully linked to the Politico post, and staff for House Republicans like Minority Leader John Boehner began forwarding the memo around. Unfortunately for all the fun-making, the memo was deemed fake by Democratic leadership, and eventually taken down from Politico's website. A little disappointing, but at this rate, we'll definitely be throwing toupees and ripping the shoulder pads from unflattering pantsuits by the end of the weekend.

Dems: Memo On Medicare Changes Isn't Ours -- It's A GOP 'Hoax' [TPM]