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11:05 PM ET, July 15, 2009


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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?
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Rube Goldberg Already Lives Here  —  House Republicans today released a chart depicting what health care in America would look like if the House Democrats get their way.  It's confusing, if colorful—full of boxes, lines, and all sorts of hard-to-say acronyms.  Which, of course, is the point.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THEY DO LOVE THEIR CHARTS.... Republican opponents of health care reform …
Discussion: TPMDC and Wonkette
Washington Post:
House Democrats Want to Fund Health Care With an Ill-Advised Surtax on the Rich.  —  THERE IS a serious case to be made that the U.S. income tax system should become more progressive.  The average rate paid by the top 1 percent of households shrank from 33 percent in 1986 to about 23 percent in 2006.
Fred Bauer / A Certain Enthusiasm:
Use It Before You Lose It  —  How could these two headlines be connected: “Obama Open to Partisan Vote on Health-Care Overhaul” and “Obama: Unemployment Likely to Keep Ticking Up”?  —  Many have noted Barack Obama's falling poll numbers, and it may be plausible to suggest that the faster his numbers fall …
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Obama Open to Partisan Vote on Health-Care Overhaul, Aides Say
Lily Gordon /
Soldier who says Obama isn't president doesn't have to deploy, Army says  —  U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, the reserve soldier who says he shouldn't have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president, has had his deployment orders revoked, Army officials said.
Discussion: News Hounds
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Coburn might have some “splaining to do”  —  A funny, slightly cringe-inducing exchange just now between Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who was pressing Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Amendment.  —  Sotomayor, jokingly produced a hypothetical in which she went back to her apartment …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Police kill suspected shooter  —  Police shot and killed a man near Upper Senate Park Wednesday after he attempted to flee from a traffic stop, officials said.  —  In a statement emailed to reporters, the Capitol Police said the shooting was “an isolated incident unrelated to the security …
Discussion: TVNewser and Raw Story
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Buchanan: GOP Needs More Race-Baiting, Not Less  —  A provocative article by Pat Buchanan argues that contrary to conventional wisdom, Republicans shouldn't worry about alienating Hispanic voters, they should just focus on getting white people to like them more: … And he sees race-baiting attacks as the way to do it:
Conor Clarke / The Daily Dish:
Why We Beltway Elites Like Sotomayor More Than Palin
The Hill:
Takeover opportunities grow for House Dems  —  The troubles House campaign committees face when their most vulnerable members run for higher office is a familiar topic for Backroom readers.  But, in this cycle, Republicans are getting hit hard.  —  Rep. Jim Gerlach's (R-Pa.) …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Daley Gator
James Kirchick / Features:
Meghan McCain Will Be Heard
Discussion: Reason
Will Holland /
As Republicans gain control, face of Oklahoma Democrats changes  —  Democratic Congressman Dan Boren sits behind a desk with two bucks mounted on wooden plaques peering over each of his shoulders.  The sleeves of his button-down shirt are rolled almost to his elbows, and like everyone milling about outside, he is sweaty.
Discussion: RedState and Salon
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Boren goes nuclear on Obama
Discussion: The New Editor
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 …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Fundraising Corruption at Human Rights Watch  —  An on-line Wall Street Journal op-ed posted two days ago alleged that Human Rights Watch officials went trolling for dollars in Saudi Arabia, and that the organization's senior Middle East official, Sarah Leah Whitson, attempted to extract money …
Gen. Lee Wright /
‘COMINSKEY FIELD’?  PRESIDENT OBAMA BOTCHES NAME OF HOME OF HIS BELOVED WHITE SOX  —  “I do think that there's a different quality to what used to be Cominskey Field vs. Wrigley,” President Obama told Bob Costas during an interview that aired during Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game.
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 …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Bush's Justice Dept. blacklisted LGBT groups  —  Affiliation with Immigration Equality, GMHC may have doomed intern candidates  —  Applicants for Justice Department internships and honors programs may have been rejected based on their membership in LGBT groups during the Bush administration, the Blade has learned.
Thomas Szasz / Wall Street Journal:
Universal Health Care Isn't Worth Our Freedom  —  What would Thoreau have made of the current debate?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  People who seek the services of auto mechanics want car repair, not “auto care.”  Similarly, most people who seek the services of medical doctors want body repair, not “health care.”
Paul Krugman:
Deficits saved the world  —  Jan Hatzius of Goldman Sachs has a new note (no link) responding to claims that government support for the economy is postponing the necessary adjustment.  He doesn't think much of that argument; neither do I. But one passage in particular caught my eye:
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Palin: All Tail, No Head  —  Sarah Palin's political action committee — SarahPAC — raised $733,000 in the first half of the year and is set to push past $1 million in the wake of the recent attention she's gotten herself.  On the one hand, this isn't that impressive.  Mitt Romney, for instance, has raised twice as much.
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Calpers: Rating Agencies to Blame for Huge Losses  —  Way back when, I mentioned there was a surprise coming S&P's way.  Since it is now out there officially, I can discuss it publicly.  —  After the brouhaha with McGraw Hill began, I was contacted by numerous people — mostly readers emailing words of support.
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Sotomayor Again Misstates Fundamental Rights Doctrine:  —  As she did yesterday, Sotomayor asserted that a right is “fundamental” if it is “incorporated” against the states via the 14th Amendment rather than that a right is incorporated against the states if it is fundamental.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Chavez: ‘Obama is biting off more than he can chew’  —  On Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's “Alo Presidente!” show — an hours-long talkfest that is broadcast on TV and radio by mandate — last Sunday, Chavez both criticized President Obama and fretted about the possibility of an assassination.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
This Recession is Over  —  Daniel Gross, writing for Newsweek, finds that two of his favorite economic forecasters have predicted an end to the recession, starting ... now.  We're growing, everybody!  We're a real economy!  Let's look at the evidence:  —  The Macroeconomic Advisers …
Discussion: Newsweek
Wall Street Journal:
Poor, Persecuted Sarah Palin  —  The GOP embraces the culture of victimhood.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced her resignation two weeks ago it was after a series of strange, petty bouts with her detractors.  Many “frivolous ethics violations” had been alleged against her, she noted.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Calorie Labeling and the Dunch Problem  —  I wrote earlier today about the problem of large portion sizes in which many of us who might have one kind of desire to consume fewer calories nonetheless find ourselves drawn toward high-calorie orders in the moment.
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Daily Dish:
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