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9:20 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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New York Times:
Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs  —  WASHINGTON — The deals, trumpeted loudly by the White House, would each help pay for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system.  —  First, it was a broad consortium of health industry groups — doctors, hospitals, drug makers and insurers …
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: TPMDC, Daily Kos, Open Left, Hullabaloo and MyDD
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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David Kahane / National Review:
I Still Hate You, Sarah Palin
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Can Palin ever come back?  —  A closer look at the words of Obama, Depeche Mode and U2.  Plus: Why do straight actresses make the best lesbo porn?  —  Dear Camille,  —  Just wondering.  Do you still think Sarah Palin is ready for the big stage?  —  James L. Somers  —  Good question!
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Palin Sympathy Effect
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google Chrome OS  —  It's been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser.  Already, over 30 million people use it regularly.  We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news …
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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.
Fox News:
Security at Federal Buildings Fails to Catch Bomb Materials in Undercover Tests, Report Says  —  Once Government Accountability Office investigators got the materials inside the buildings, the report says, they constructed explosive devices and carried them around inside the buildings.
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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
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
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.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Power of Stimulus Slow to Take Hold  —  Rising Joblessness Blunts President's Plan for Recovery  —  Five months after Congress approved a massive package of spending and tax cuts aimed at reviving an ailing economy, the jobless rate is still climbing and the White House is scrambling …
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dems diverge on ‘stimulus II’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Wizbang
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Lights, Camera, Lots of Action.  Forget the Script.  —  The actress known as Savanna Samson once relished preparing for a role.  “I couldn't wait to get my next script,” she said.  —  There's no reason to look at them anymore, she said, because her movies now call almost exclusively for action.
Discussion: Gawker, Right Wing News and The Awl
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.
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 …
Discussion: PoliGazette
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 …
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.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama, G-8 Summit Partners, Eye Intense Global Talks  —  In Italy, Obama confers with world leaders on economy, climate, trade, more  —  President Barack Obama joined fellow world leaders in Italy Wednesday for talks on threats to global security and stability at a summit where climate change …
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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