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10:30 PM ET, July 12, 2009


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Kbh /
Responding to the President's op-ed  —  I would like to respond to the President's Washington Post op-ed, “Rebuilding Something Better.”  All quotes in this post are from the President. … The President and his team use this language to lower the bar against which they are measured.
Barack Obama / Washington Post:
Rebuilding Something Better  —  Nearly six months ago, my administration took office amid the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.  At the time, we were losing, on average, 700,000 jobs a month.  And many feared that our financial system was on the verge of collapse.
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
FOLKS: O, FOR SHAME!  —  'GIRL'S NO SEX SYMBOL!'  —  The Secret Service might want to put a new threat on its watch list: the mad-as-hell mama of the 17-year-old Brazilian beauty ogled by President Obama and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy at the G8 summit last week.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Future of Conservative Ideas  —  Drake Bennett profiles four up-and-coming right-of-center thinkers: Luigi Zingales, Bradford Wilcox, Reihan Salam, and Megan McArdle.  I've never heard of Wilcox, but his ideas (family is good!) don't sound very interesting.
Drake Bennett / Boston Globe:
The next conservative thinkers  —  Many Republicans fret that the party of ideas has gotten stuck.  Here are four who might help unstick it.  —  By definition, conservatism prefers the past to the present - in William F. Buckley's famous formulation, history was something to be stood athwart …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Associated Press:
Palin: I'm Not Leaving Politics  —  McCain Says His Former Running Mate Simply “Changed Her Priorities” in Resigning as Alaska's Governor  —  (AP) Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she's not only staying involved in national politics, but she plans to jump back into the national scrum when she leaves office at the end of the month.
New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Likely to Post Huge Profits, Analysts Say  —  Most of Wall Street, and America, is still waiting for an economic recovery.  Then there is Goldman Sachs.  —  Up and down Wall Street, analysts and traders are buzzing that Goldman, which only recently paid back its government bailout money …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Holder trial balloon: Abu Ghraib redux  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Yesterday, I treated this new Newsweek report that Eric Holder is “leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's brutal interrogation practices” as something to celebrate.
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea leader Kim has pancreatic cancer: report  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has pancreatic cancer and the illness is life-threatening, South Korean broadcaster YTN said on Monday based on information gathered by Chinese and South Korean intelligence sources.
David Alexander / Reuters:
Lawmakers reject tax to pay for health reform  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Sunday criticized a plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for a $1 trillion healthcare overhaul and warned Congress was unlikely to meet President Barack Obama's goal of passing the measure by August.
Discussion: Eschaton
A Siegel / Firedoglake:
Republicans Reject Science; Scientists Reject Republicans  —  The Republican Party has a serious infection of anti-science syndrome.  And, scientists have noted the The Republican War on Science.  The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press came out, last week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and INSTAPUTZ
Charge in Fla. slayings: Evidence tampering  —  PENSACOLA, Florida (CNN) — A Florida man has been arrested on evidence-tampering charges in connection to the killings of a Gulf Coast couple known for adopting special-needs children, a case that has become increasingly “multifaceted,” authorities said Sunday.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Teen Girl Falls In Open Manhole While Texting  —  Alexa Longueira Suffers Deep Cuts, Bruises After Landing In Raw Sewage, Blames DEP For Leaving Hole Unattended  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― It was an accident waiting to happen — an open sewer and a 15-year-old girl who was texting while she walked.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
GOP Responds To Cheney's Concealment Of CIA Program With Strawmen And Shrugged Shoulders  —  Earlier this week, seven House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee released a letter revealing that CIA Director Leon Panetta had “recently testified to Congress that the agency concealed information …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Will ObamaCare threaten medical innovation?  —  Glenn Reynolds argues that the wait lines for treatments in a single-payer system are not the biggest concern.  In a Washington Examiner column, Glenn relates personal stories of how his family members have benefited from innovation in medical treatments …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Glenn Reynolds on the hidden cost of national health care
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