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8:05 PM ET, July 18, 2009


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Washington Post:
Alliances Splinter in Debate Over Health-Care Reform  —  Once-Friendly Groups Split as Details Emerge  —  Months of relative cooperation among disparate interest groups in the heath-care reform debate appear to be coming to an end, as the major political parties and their surrogates unleash …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
What's really behind Obama's sudden plea for troubled health reforms today  —  Friday afternoons and evenings — as we've mentioned here previously — are usually a dumping ground for political news its originators do not want noticed much.  Especially entering warm summer weekends.
Discussion: Don Surber
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Congressman: Centrist Dems talking healthcare coalition with GOP
Discussion: Raw Story
John / Power Line:
A Year Without A Summer?  —  1816 was the “year without a summer.”  There were several causes of the abnormally cold weather that year, as this source recounts: … If this account is correct, the “year without a summer” played a role in the development of the American Midwest:
Wall Street Journal:
Their Own Medicine  —  Senators prefer the insurance they have.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In the health debate, liberals sing Hari Krishnas to the “public option” — a new federal insurance program like Medicare — but if it's good enough for the middle class, then surely it's good enough for the political class too?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Cold Fury
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Company Denies its Robots Feed on the Dead  —  I never imagined I'd print a press release in full.  Then, an hour ago, Howard Lovy e-mailed me the most incredible press release of all time...  POMPANO BEACH, Fla.- In response to rumors circulating the internet on sites such as …
Discussion: The Rhetorican and Making Light
Little Green Footballs:
Ron Paul: Troofer?  —  An idiot from a “9/11 Truth” group cornered Ron Paul recently and asked why he hasn't “come out about the truth about 9/11.”  —  Paul's answer: he has too much to do, and he can't handle the controversy.  —  This is the guy whose influence is growing in the GOP …
Discussion: Say Anything, Hot Air and Adam Holland
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Integrity’?  Like Paul F***ing Anka, Baby  —  Ace of Spades mentions “integrity” in discussing his services last year “as an apologist for the horrible candidate John McCain.”  I traveled a good distance down that particular road myself — I'd link some of it, if only it weren't so …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
AmeriCorps IG sues government over “unlawful” firing  —  Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was “unlawful,” …
Paul Krugman:
The six deadly hypocrites  —  Will the destructive center kill health care reform?  It looks all too possible.  —  What's especially galling is the hypocrisy of their claimed reason for delaying progress — concern about the fiscal burden.  After all, in the past most of them have shown …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle  —  In George Orwell's “1984,” government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the “memory hole.”  —  On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” …
Washington Post:
U.S. Commanders Are Concerned About New Iraqi Restrictions on American Troops  —  American Officials See Link Between Limits, Spate of Attacks  —  The Iraqi government has moved to sharply restrict the movement and activities of U.S. forces in a new reading of a six-month-old U.S.-Iraqi security agreement …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Last Post  —  I had all kinds of ideas for things I wanted to write before I left, but between last-minute packing and phone calls from friends and family, it didn't happen.  So I'll just say a few things quickly.  —  As I said before, one of the things that led me to start blogging …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Amygdala
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