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7:55 AM ET, July 8, 2009

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Roll Call:
Reid to Baucus: Stop Chasing GOP Votes on Health Care  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday ordered Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to drop a proposal to tax health benefits and stop chasing Republican votes on a massive health care reform bill.
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The Huffington Post:
Sanders Takes On Emanuel, Warns Of Dem Opposition To Baucus Proposal  —  Two major progressive voices in the health care debate took White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to task on Tuesday for suggesting that a public option with triggers could be a potential compromise on reform.
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC, Hullabaloo and MyDD
New York Times:
Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dems diverge on ‘stimulus II’
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Wizbang
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Round-Up  —  Some readers have asked me to put all the various odd lies of Sarah Palin that the Dish has compiled in one helpful place.  So that's what we've done.  A couple of months ago, I asked an intern to re-fact-check all of them to make sure new details hadn't emerged that might debunk some.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
David Brooks is a predictable swine  —  When he begins with a long paean to the Founding Fathers — in this case, George Washington — you can bet money that the Republican Iago is about to plunge his dagger deep into someone's back: … Right.  A logical grouping:
Roger Simon / The Politico:
The sins of Sarah Palin  —  Sarah Palin is a sinner.  She has violated several commandments and thoroughly deserves the savage beating that she is now getting from political mandarins and media elites.  —  If it were not for one simple fact, I would say she was through in politics.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Why Palin Quit  —  Death by a Thousand FOIAs  —  People close to Sarah Palin say national political reporters and pundits have missed the real reasons for her surprising decision to resign as Alaska governor.  The national media have dismissed or downplayed her real motives …
David Kahane / National Review:
I Still Hate You, Sarah Palin
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Crashed the World  —  Almost a year after A.I.G.'s collapse, despite a tidal wave of outrage, there still has been no clear explanation of what toppled the insurance giant.  The author decides to ask the people involved—the silent, shell-shocked traders of the A.I.G. Financial Products unit …
Rasmussen Reports:
40% of GOP Voters Say Resignation Hurts Palin's Chances in 2012  —  Forty percent (40%) of Republican voters nationwide say Sarah Palin's decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurts her chances of winning the party's presidential nomination in 2012.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Palin Sympathy Effect
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
UPDATED: Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. attorney general, expected to teach at Texas Tech University  —  Alberto Gonzales, who resigned as the Bush administration's embattled attorney general nearly two years ago, has lined up a fall-semester teaching spot at Texas Tech University, the university confirmed today.
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Associated Press:
Texas: Gonzales to Teach at Texas Tech
Discussion: Truthdig
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Ad Paints Franken As Angry Maniac — Using Footage Of Him Talking About Paul Wellstone  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has just released a new Web ad featuring footage of Senator Al Franken that makes him look like an out-of-control, Red Bull-guzzling cross between Jim Carrey and the Hulk.
The Politico:
Rove deposed in U.S. attorney probe  —  Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was deposed Tuesday by attorneys for the House Judiciary Committee, according to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel's chairman.  —  Rove's deposition began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m, with several breaks, Conyers said.
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Urges Forming New World Economic Order to Work for the ‘Common Good’  —  VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “true world political authority” …
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Fox News:
Former Gitmo Inmate Leading Fight Against U.S. in Helmand  —  As U.S. forces are pushing ahead with the massive Operation Khanjar in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, Mullah Zakir is leading the Taliban fight against them.  —  FOXNews.com  —  A former Guantanamo Bay inmate …
Wall Street Journal:
Of NICE and Men  —  Speaking to the American Medical Association last month, President Obama waxed enthusiastic about countries that “spend less” than the U.S. on health care.  He's right that many countries do, but what he doesn't want to explain is how they ration care to do it.
Sabrina Shankman / Wall Street Journal:
Los Angeles Targets Cannabis Clubs  —  LOS ANGELES — Daniel Halbert moved here from Phoenix this year to invest his life savings in what he hoped was a golden opportunity: the medical-marijuana business.  —  But on Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council told him to shut down his dispensary …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. May Not Free Acquitted Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday it may continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.  —  Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer …
Federal Eye:
GAO: Major Security Flaws at Federal Buildings  —  The police agency in charge of protecting thousands of federal buildings nationwide has failed to keep bomb-making materials out of several high-security facilities in the past year, according to Congressional testimony provided by Senate aides.
Discussion: Truthdig
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Johnson Opens the Door to Post-Acquittal Detentions  —  Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson moved the Obama administration into new territory from a civil liberties perspective.  Asked by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) the politically difficult but entirely fair question …
Wall Street Journal:
Does Obama Want to Own the Airlines?  —  Welcome to government for the benefit of government officials and their hangers-on.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Only luck and falling oil prices saved Washington from having to face mass bankruptcy of the airline industry last year.  Now the specter is rising again.
CNN:
Obama girls take Russia by storm  —  MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — An unexpected visitor wandered into the bedroom of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the wee hours of Tuesday morning — but the Secret Service wasn't worried about a security breach.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ex-contractor with Murtha ties charged over kickbacks  —  Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have charged a former executive for a defense contractor with ties to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) with taking nearly $200,000 in kickbacks from a subcontractor.  —  Richard Ianieri, former president …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Moe Lane
CNN:
Alec Baldwin interested in congressional run  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin is eyeing a post-acting career that could take him off a Hollywood soundstage into the halls of Congress.  —  Baldwin, who currently stars in the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” told Playboy magazine …
Kirk James Murphy, M.D. / Firedoglake:
Without Health Care, My Patients Will Die: Please Don't Sacrifice Them for Single Payer  —  Over the last six years I've evaluated and treated hundreds of patients who have very little access to health care.  These patients qualified for mental health care, but a great many didn't qualify …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Senators Settling Into New Roles to Weigh Sotomayor Nomination  —  WASHINGTON — More than two decades ago, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a nominee for a district court judgeship in Alabama and was rejected by the panel over charges of racial insensitivity.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oh No, Ohio?  —  A Quinnipiac poll today has Barack Obama's approval rating tanking in Ohio: he's now at 49 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove in the Buckeye State, according to Quinnipiac, whereas back in May, they had him at a healthy 62-31.  —  Obama's approval ratings …
Victoria Jackson / Big Hollywood:
Down is Up, Unfair is Fair and Ignorance is Bliss  —  I woke up in the middle of the night and realized the trick.  —  You see, evil doesn't just show up.  It disguises itself as something nice; so you'll let it in.  It tricks you.  —  Murdering babies is called Pro-Choice.
Discussion: The Skepticrats
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
How Do You Know What Dishonest Is, You're Not a Lawyer!  —  When lawyers bloviate about the “rule of law,” the first thing you should always think is “rule of lawyers.”  Their object is to convince you that the world is so complex, so overflowing with statutes, codes, rules, regulations …
 
 
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