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IBDeditorials.com:
It's Not An Option  —  Congress: It didn't take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House's “health care for all Americans” bill.  Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.  —  IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Blue Dogs threaten to bring down Pelosi's healthcare bill  —  Centrist Democrats are threatening to oppose their party's healthcare legislation unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accepts changes that make the bill more to their liking.  —  Seven Blue Dogs on the House Energy …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Contradictory Objections from the Blue Dogs  —  One thing that's clear from reading today's news is that Representative Mike Ross (D-AR) is very upset about the House health care bill and is planning to lead a bloc of Blue Dog Dems on the Energy & Commerce Committee to vote against it unless major changes happen.
The Note:
CBO Sees No Net Federal Cost Savings in Dem Health Plans  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Here's a blow to President Obama and Democrats pressing health care reform.  —  One of the main arguments made by the President and others for investing in health reform now is that it will save …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
CBO Chief Criticizes Democrats' Health Reform Measures  —  Director Says Proposed Changes Would Weaken Economy  —  Instead of saving the federal government from fiscal catastrophe, the health reform measures being drafted by congressional Democrats would worsen an already bleak budget outlook …
New York Times:
Health Care Vote Illustrates Partisan Divide  —  WASHINGTON — A party-line Senate committee vote on legislation to remake the nation's health care system underscored the absence of political consensus on what would be the biggest changes in social policy in more than 40 years.
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Baucus: On Paying for Health Care, Obama Isn't Helping
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus: Bipartisan health deal close
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and The Page
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama Wants Medicare Reimbursement Rates Out of Congressional Hands
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Witness rips Boxer for racial condescension  —  Red meat by the slab, folks!  Barbara Boxer wound up getting reamed by Harry Alford, the chair of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, after attempting to challenge his testimony on energy policy.  When Boxer started waving position papers …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Black Chamber head slams Boxer words as ‘racial,’ ‘condescending’ and ‘God awful’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Wonk Room
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Edges Palin, Huckabee in Early 2012 GOP Test  —  Palin's favorable rating stable after announcement of her resignation  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About one in four Republicans and Republican-leaning independents make Mitt Romney their top choice for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination …
Washington Post:
Sessions: GOP Won't Block Vote on Sotomayor Nomination  —  Witnesses Testify Following Nominee Questioning  —  Judge Sonia Sotomayor ended four days of testimony this afternoon with prospects of rapid confirmation to the Supreme Court improved, as a conservative Republican …
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
The real price of Goldman's giganto-profits  —  Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein in Washington DC in November 2008 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty) … So what's wrong with Goldman posting $3.44 billion in second-quarter profits, what's wrong with the company so far earmarking $11.4 billion in compensation for its employees?
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Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
AIG: Where's the outrage?
Discussion: Think Progress
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Goldman Sachs in Talks to Acquire Treasury Department
Washington Post:
Up Next: Biden vs. Cantor  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) landed a fresh blow in a tit-for-tat battle with Vice President Biden today after the latter accused the senior Republican lawmaker of smearing the administration's $787 billion stimulus package.  —  Cantor called an afternoon news conference …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REDEFINING BIPARTISANSHIP.... At a White House event yesterday …
Discussion: Slate and WhiteHouse.gov Blog
New York Post:
DEM HEALTH RX A POI$ON PILL IN NY  —  TERRIFYING 57% TAX LOOMS FOR BIGGEST EARNERS  —  Congressional plans to fund a massive health-care overhaul could have a job-killing effect on New York, creating a tax rate of nearly 60 percent for the state's top earners and possibly pressuring small-business owners to shed workers.
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Simmers, America Moves On  —  Hillary says it's time to engage Mahmoud.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  That didn't take long.  President Obama last week gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an autumn deadline to negotiate over Iran's nuclear program.  “We remain ready to engage with Iran …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Gateway Pundit and CNN
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama losing his cool?  —  It's been a tough week for President Obama's cool factor.  —  Not only is he weathering criticism of his policies, but the Cool One has also taken a few dings to his immaculate image in recent days.  —  It started on Monday.  Speaking at the White House …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President Moves the Economic Goalposts  —  The stimulus isn't working as originally advertised.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  So what's a president to do when the promises he made about his economic stimulus program fail to materialize?  If you're Barack Obama …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Boxer: But You're Black!  —  Boxer doesn't actually say that, she just implies it.  And the black male she's questioning takes great offense.  Chuck Devore is certainly going to have plenty of material to work with thanks to Boxer herself!  —  Update: Lifted from comments via Dan at GP with more - so true.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
BREAKING: AMA Endorses House Bill.  —  Via Health Care for America Now: The American Medical Association just sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, endorsing the health reform proposal put forward by three House committees.  —  This is unexpected.  Or, at least, I wasn't expecting it.
CNN:
Hillary Clinton almost out of the red  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hillary Clinton is almost debt free from her failed bid for the presidency.  —  According to reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Clinton's 2007-2008 campaign for the White House is now only $1.5 million in the red.
Lily Gordon / Ledger-Enquirer.com:
Federal judge dismisses reservist's suit questioning Obama's presidency  —  A federal judge this morning dismissed the suit filed here by a U.S. Army reservist who says he shouldn't have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president.
Discussion: WorldNetDaily and On Deadline
Dan Collins / Piece of Work In Progress:
Wise Latina  —  Bama's Supreme nominee, a-nominee.  —  How'd you ever get so darn wise, Latina?  —  Giving O a victory, a-victory.  —  Tingle up Chris Matthews' fat thighs, Latina?  —  Never gonna stop, shut it up,  —  Such a motor mouth,  —  Always backing down when your
Discussion: American Power
City Journal:
The Obsolete New York Model  —  Where a tax-eating majority votes itself a permanent income  —  It's worth recalling that when the Founding Fathers led the American colonists in revolt against British oppression, they weren't rebelling against torture on the rack or being chained in galleys …
 
 
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