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11:50 AM ET, July 29, 2009

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The Hill:
Waters warns Blue Dogs to beware 2010  —  Liberal frustration started to boil over in the House on Tuesday as negotiations over healthcare reform with centrist Blue Dog Democrats dragged into a second week.  —  The delay prompted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to lash out at the Blue Dogs …
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The Hill:
Dem healthcare infighting intensifies  —  A House fight among Democrats on overhauling the nation's healthcare system has spread to the Senate, where centrists and liberals are clashing over the direction the legislation should take.  —  Trouble is brewing now that a bipartisan group of senators …
Discussion: The Swamp, Moe Lane, CNN and Taylor Marsh
Reuters:
U.S. Senate May Drop Public Healthcare Option  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers on both sides of the U.S. Capitol struggled to reach a healthcare deal on Tuesday, with Senate Democrats near agreement with three Republicans on a plan that would not include a government-run insurance option backed by President Barack Obama.
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate Panel Nearing Agreement on Health-Care Bill  —  Panel May Vote On Bipartisan Bill Before Recess  —  An emerging consensus among a bipartisan group of senators is poised to shift the dynamic in the congressional debate over health-care reform and could lead to a final product …
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LOSING THE MESSAGE WAR?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Losing the message war?  Perhaps the biggest thing that stood out to us at President Obama's AARP town hall yesterday was that the White House appears to be losing the message war on health care.
The Hill's Pundits Blog:
Public Plan Option
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Reuters
Niall O'Dowd / ABCNEWS:
Harvard Prof Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him  —  Two Men at Center of Controversy Linked by Irish Heritage  —  Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama-Haters Becoming Increasingly...Racial In Their Rhetoric  —  An interesting pattern has emerged in the last few weeks, as President Obama's ratings have started to come down to Earth: You can really see a type of Obama-hatred out there that really does cross over into a purely racial territory.
NPR:
NPR Poll Finds Tough Sledding For Obama … text sizeAAA  —  President Obama has hit a rough patch this summer, squeezed between a lingering recession and rising questions about the health care overhaul he has made the centerpiece of his first-year agenda.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Republicans Catch Democrats in Generic Ballot
Discussion: Wake up America and Moe Lane
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Landrieu: Trying to Find the “Center” of Health Care Reform  —  Seventy-six percent of the country wants a public plan, Landrieu doesn't.  Center of what — her own ego?  —  Democrats control the House, the White House, and the Senate — with a 60 vote majority.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sarah Grabs the Grievance Grab Bag From Hillary  —  The woman who was prematurely counted in is out.  And the woman who was prematurely counted out is in.  —  Goodbye, Sarah.  Hello, Hillary.  —  In their vivid twin performances Sunday — Hillary on “Meet the Press” …
Sarah Netter / ABCNEWS:
Intern, BF Entangle State Sen. in Sex Scandal  —  Intern's Boyfriend Arrested for Extortion After Discovering Photos From Senator's Affair  —  What began as a government internship for a one-time honors student with a questionable past has become a full-blown sex scandal that ensnared …
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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Chas Sisk / Tennessean.com:   Tennessee state Sen. Paul Stanley has resigned
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Andrew Sullivan is Right  —  It doesn't happen terribly often, but I'm with Andrew Sullivan on the need to lay Obama birther-ism to rest— a subject on which he's been blogging with some energy over the last day.  —  Indeed, it's almost as if birthers have allowed an intense …
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Prediction! kf Throws Caution to the Winds
Discussion: Pollster.com
Gateway Pundit:
Dorothy D. Hoft... August 1925 - July 2009  —  Dorothy Hoft loved God and her nine children.  She loved the magnolia tree in the backyard.  —  My dear friend and mother passed away this evening at 10:16 PM.  —  She suffered a devastating heart attack 17 days ago.  We put her on hospice late last week.
Discussion: QandO, Stop The ACLU and Cold Fury
Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Foxx Says Health Care Reform Will Cause Seniors To Be “Put To Death By Their Government” … REP. FOXX: REPUBLICANS ARE PRO-LIFE BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT SENIORS PUT TO DEATH … THE DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATION ACTUALLY PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE FOR SENIORS' DIFFICULT DECISIONS - NOT TO ENCOURAGE EUTHANASIA
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
City Aids Homeless With One-Way Tickets Home  —  They are flown to Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20).  —  They are not executives on business trips or couples on honeymoons.  Rather, all are families who have ended up homeless …
The Star-Ledger Continuous / New Jersey Online:
Political consultant Jack Shaw found dead in Jersey City  —  JERSEY CITY — Jack Shaw, a Jersey City political consultant who was among 44 people charged in a federal corruption probe, has died.  —  Two officials with knowledge of the investigation said Shaw was found at home with several bottles of pills nearby.
Inside Radio:
Palin tests radio waters.  —  Alaska's now former Governor is coy about her future political plans, but radio is at least one option she's leaving on the table.  While not exactly shopping the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate, sources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing …
Michelle Malkin:
Bully boys: A brief history of White House thuggery  —  Just finished up on the Today Show, where I had a quick chance to briefly expose the Culture of Corruption in the age of Obama.  My syndicated column today adds to the dossier with a round-up of fresh Bully Boy moments.  —  It's the Chicago way.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Stocks go up as agenda slides  —  The Democratic agenda in Washington has gone off the rails just as markets are enjoying their best run of the Obama presidency, and there's a school of thought on Wall Street that it's no coincidence.  —  While a string of better-than-expected earnings reports …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Cold Fury
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Benefits of Healthcare Reform a Tough Sell for Americans  —  Americans least confident that reform will benefit them personally  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-four percent of Americans believe a new healthcare reform law would improve medical care in the U.S., contrasted with 26% who say it would improve their personal medical care.
Talking Points Memo:
Transcript: Obama, AARP Hold Health Care Town Hall  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  I am just going to provide some brief remarks, and then I want to hear from you.  —  It is wonderful to be here today.  I want to thank Mike for moderating this discussion.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Axelrod's Son Hired by Huffington Post  —  David Axelrod's son is following his father's career path — that is, the one he had before becoming a political strategist.  —  Ethan Axelrod is joining the Huffington Post, the liberal Web site that has been largely supportive of President Obama.
Rachel Kapochunas / Top Stories from CQ:
CQ Ratings Change in New Jersey as Corzine Slips  —  New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has so much to overcome in his 2009 re-election campaign that CQ Politics is changing the rating of that race from Tossup to Leans Republican.  —  The Democratic governor's opponent, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, holds the advantage.
Discussion: TPMDC and The Campaign Spot
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Military planning for possible H1N1 outbreak  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Politico announces again: GOP is resurgent!  —  (updated below)  —  On Monday, I espoused my theory on Twitter about the birth of Politico, which led The Columbia Journalism Review to compare that thesis to the much different Politico-birth mythology created by its Editor-in-Chief, John Harris.
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and msnbc.com
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
Palin's Commencement Address  —  Sarah Palin's Farewell Address as Governor of Alaska Sunday was no farewell address at all.  It was just the beginning; it was a commencement address.  “I will fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth,” she promised.
Discussion: Texas for Sarah Palin
 
 
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The Politico:
Chris Dodd, Kent Conrad deny knowing about VIP deals
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
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BBC:
Sudan ‘trousers trial’ adjourned
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama still cashing in on Bush's failings
Discussion: Pajamas Media, 2.0 and Weasel Zippers
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
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Online NewsHour:
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Iran and North Korea Signal the Death of Obama's Engagement Ideology
Discussion: Commentary and Outside The Beltway
Chuck Blahous / The Politico:
Plan still $820 billion above target
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
J'lem assesses: Gestures from the Arab World within a month
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