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10:50 AM ET, July 16, 2009


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New York Times:
Health Care Vote Illustrates Partisan Divide  —  WASHINGTON — A party-line Senate committee vote on legislation to remake the nation's health care system underscored the absence of political consensus on what would be the biggest changes in social policy in more than 40 years.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Blue Dogs threaten to bring down Pelosi's healthcare bill
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
Associated Press:
Obama pushes hard on healthcare overhaul
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michelle Malkin:
Obamacare in the House: Do the Blue Dogs have any bite?
James Kirchick / Features:
Meghan McCain Will Be Heard  —  Call her the anti-Ann Coulter or an attention-seeking cynic, the daughter of the former presidential candidate is proving that you can rally for gay marriage and still be Republican.  —  “Does it sound campy to say I love gay men?” asks Meghan McCain …
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Meghan McCain: “Joe the Plumber —You Can Quote Me — is a Dumbass”  —  The afternoon before the White House Correspondents Dinner, I sat down with Meghan McCain, daughter of the erstwhile presidential candidate, to profile her for OUT magazine.  McCain has earned herself a remarkable bit …
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Why We Endorsed Warrantless Wiretaps  —  The inspectors general report ignores history and plays politics with the law.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It was instantly clear after Sept. 11, 2001, that our security agencies knew little about al Qaeda's inner workings …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Edges Palin, Huckabee in Early 2012 GOP Test  —  Palin's favorable rating stable after announcement of her resignation  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About one in four Republicans and Republican-leaning independents make Mitt Romney their top choice for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Huckabee warns Palin: Don't leave GOP  —  (CNN) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a warning for Sarah Palin: Don't abandon the Republican Party.  —  The former presidential candidate and potential future White House rival of Palin's said Tuesday he's concerned about speculation …
Hillary Clinton almost out of the red  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hillary Clinton is almost debt free from her failed bid for the presidency.  —  According to reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Clinton's 2007-2008 campaign for the White House is now only $1.5 million in the red.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
New York Post:
DEM HEALTH RX A POI$ON PILL IN NY  —  TERRIFYING 57% TAX LOOMS FOR BIGGEST EARNERS  —  Congressional plans to fund a massive health-care overhaul could have a job-killing effect on New York, creating a tax rate of nearly 60 percent for the state's top earners and possibly pressuring small-business owners to shed workers.
It's Not An Option  —  Congress: It didn't take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House's “health care for all Americans” bill.  Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.  —  IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure
Ann O'Neill / CNN:
Sotomayor learned ropes fighting NY underworld  —  Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a five-part series exploring Judge Sonia Sotomayor's background and life with those who know her, revealing the experiences that might shape her views as a Supreme Court justice.
Science Fair:
Could we be wrong about global warming?  —  Could the best climate models — the ones used to predict global warming — all be wrong?  —  Maybe so, says a new study published online today in the journal Nature Geoscience.  The report found that only about half of the warming that occurred during …
Kelly Evans / Wall Street Journal:
The New Stars of the Blogosphere  —  Americans trying to understand the nail-biting financial trauma of the past several months are flocking by the millions to a surprisingly lively source of enlightenment: blogs written by economists.  —  Such blogs are thriving in this recession …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Peter Singer / New York Times:
Why We Must Ration Health Care  —  You have advanced kidney cancer.  It will kill you, probably in the next year or two.  A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000.  Is a few more months worth that much?
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Foreclosure Filings Hit Record 1.5 Million in First Half  —  U.S. foreclosure filings hit a record in the first half, a sign that job losses and falling property prices deepened the housing recession, according to RealtyTrac Inc.  —  More than 1.5 million properties received a default …
Les Christie /
1.5 million homes in foreclosure in '09
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
CIA Assassin Program Was Nearing New Phase  —  Panetta Pulled Plug After Training Was Proposed  —  CIA officials were proposing to activate a plan to train anti-terrorist assassination teams overseas when agency managers brought the secret program to the attention of CIA Director Leon Panetta last month …
Aram Roston / The Huffington Post:
CIA Supervisor Claimed He Used Fire Ants On Detainee  —  A recently released legal memo describing interrogation techniques showed that Bush Administration lawyers had approved the use of “insects” in interrogations.  “You would like to place [Abu] Zubaydeh in a cramped confinement box with an insect …
Scott / Power Line:
Triumph of the will  —  In his post on President Obama throwing out the first pitch at the All Star game on Tuesday night in St. Louis, Paul noted the weird camera angle Fox used to show the pitch (video below).  Andrew McCarthy directs interested readers to the video posted here (24 seconds in) …
Discussion: ESPN and The Corner
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
BofA Under Secret Sanction  —  Bank of America Corp. is operating under a secret regulatory sanction that requires it to overhaul its board and address perceived problems with risk and liquidity management, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  Rarely disclosed publicly …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Media Matters for America:
Beck “lose[s]” his “mind;” screams at caller: “Get off my phone you little pinhead!”  —  From the July 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' Glenn Beck Program:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Obama as Health Care Salesman: He Sucks!  —  Dearth of a Salesman: President Obama gave interviews to a number of network health correspondents today as part of his health care push.  Here is an “edited transcript” of his talk with Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC.  As a health care sales pitch, it was awful.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman /
Obama on progress in health care reform
Discussion: and The Confluence
Buzz Aldrin / Washington Post:
40 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing, It's Time for a Mission to Mars  —  On the spring morning in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh set off alone across the Atlantic Ocean, only a handful of explorer-adventurers were capable of even attempting the feat.  Many had tried before Lindbergh's successful flight …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AP IGNORES CRITICISM.... Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the House Democratic health care plan cost “$1.5 trillion.”  By the afternoon, the AP reporting didn't attribute the price tag to anyone; it just stated the figure as fact.  —  House Dems threw a fit, which was understandable …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Obama drops nine points overall, 15 points among indies, in one month  —  Net approval: Down 15 points since June.  Net who say they'd vote to reelect The One rather than vote for someone else: A measly +3, down 13 points.  Number who say they're confident the stimulus will turn the economy around …
Discussion: A Certain Enthusiasm
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Job worries for Obama at NAACP  —  President Obama's speech to the NAACP on Thursday will be an emotional and historic moment, but some members of the civil-rights group are looking for details on how the first black president will reduce unemployment rates for African-Americans.
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Why Poor Countries Won't Curb Emissions  —  And new U.S. tariffs won't make them.  —  If I were an environmental activist, I would be despairing right around now about ever getting meaningful action on global warming.  Over the last eight years, eco-warriors had managed to convince themselves …
Discussion: Reason
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
California Approaches a Deal on Budget Cuts  —  LOS ANGELES — California lawmakers neared a deal on Wednesday with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to close the state's $26 billion budget gap in ways that would profoundly alter the state's relationship with its cities and millions of residents who receive basic services.
Keith Hennessey / The Politico:
Wrong health reform will hurt economy  —  The president is correct that health care reform is essential to a strong economy.  He accurately identifies the underlying problem as extraordinary growth in health spending, leading to slower wage growth, too many uninsured and unsustainable government spending.
Peter Coy / Economics Unbound:
Five reasons it's too soon to declare the recession over  —  Guest blog from Economics Editor Peter Coy  —  Daniel Gross wrote a column yesterday called “The Recession Is Over!:  What America's best economic forecaster Is Saying.”  Gross, the Moneybox columnist for Slate and the business columnist …
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Financial Times:
Citi close to secret deal with regulator
Discussion: Deal Journal
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Rangel paid lawyers $928k in last year
Eric Dash / New York Times:
JPMorgan Earnings Soar as It Finds Profit in Slump
Timothy Garton Ash / Guardian:
New York's war on terror is over. And few feel it has left them safer
Discussion: normblog
James L. / Swing State Project:
House 2Q 2009 Fundraising Roundup
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Los Angeles City College “Sexual Harassment” Policy Preliminarily …
The Hill:
Fed officials see higher unemployment
 Earlier Items: 
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Takeover opportunities grow for House Dems
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Police kill suspected shooter