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2:50 PM ET, July 15, 2009


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Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Obama Open to Partisan Vote on Health-Care Overhaul, Aides Say  —  President Barack Obama may rely only on Democrats to push health-care legislation through the U.S. Congress if Republican opposition doesn't yield soon, two of the president's top advisers said.
Kbh /
Does the House really want to raise taxes on eight million uninsured people?  —  The President has said he would not allow taxes to be raised on anyone with less than $250,000 of income.  —  Today for the first time we see the legislative language for and a summary of the health care reform bill …
Wall Street Journal:
Health Bill Would Hit Small Business  —  $1.04 Trillion House Health Bill Hits All but Tiniest Firms for Not Providing Insurance  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, from left, stands with House Democratic leaders Steny Hoyer, Pete Stark, Henry Waxman, Charles Rangel, and John Dingell to announce health-care legislation on Tuesday.
Associated Press:
Sen. Kennedy's committee passes health care bill
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Praising HELP  —  A full-throated statement from President Obama …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Lean Left and Bench Memos
Washington Post:
Sen. Coburn Questions Judge Sotomayor at Supreme Court Nomination Hearings  —  Review all exchanges organized by senator  —  COBURN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I'd ask unanimous consent to put an article from the newspaper this morning, the Washington Times.  —  LEAHY: Without objection, it'll be placed in the record.
Rasmussen Reports:
Following Two Days of Hearings, 90% Expect Sotomayor to Be Confirmed
David Stout / New York Times:
Republican Senators Press Sotomayor on Abortion Views
Discussion: The Politico Staff: Sotomayor Displays a Lack of Deep Thinking
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
White Man's Last Stand  —  You can't judge a judge by her cover.  —  Despite the best efforts of Republicans to root out any sign that Sonia Sotomayor has emotions that color her views on the law, the Bronx Bomber kept a robotic mask in place.  —  A wise Latina woman with the richness …
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
Smiling GOPers Ought to be Frowning  —  Watching Lindsey Graham's gotcha grin as he needled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with disingenuous and rhetorical questions you had to wonder what was so funny.  —  Does the Republican senator think it is amusing that he and his party's …
Paul / Power Line:
The great gesturer  —  Why do so many Senators persist during …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Bombshell: Orders revoked for soldier challenging prez  —  Major victory for Army warrior questioning Obama's birthplace  —  A U.S. Army Reserve major from Florida scheduled to report for deployment to Afghanistan within days has had his military orders revoked after arguing he should not be required …
Gateway Pundit:
OBAMA BOOED IN ST. LOUIS!... And Throws a Sissy Pitch (Video)  —  Barack Obama Booed at the All-Star Game in St. Louis On Tuesday!  —  And, he threw a sissy pitch:  —  It's going to be a rough 4 years.  He's only been in office 5 months and he's already getting booed.  —  ...And protested.
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Obama reps Chicago's South Side, delivers All-Star first pitch  —  ST LOUIS — Where did it land?  Was it a strike or wasn't it?  Why didn't the network choose a better camera to shoot from?  Those were the questions that viewers of baseball's All-Star Game were asking themselves at home …
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.
Palin becomes MoveOn target as SarahPAC cash haul surges
Discussion: The Politico and Wake up America
John O'Connor / The State:
Media jostled for access to Sanford  —  E-mails illustrate frenzy to be the first on the air or in print  —  National media blitzed Gov. Mark Sanford's staff, offering big ratings and, possibly, a sympathetic venue in an effort to land the first interview with the governor after his six-day trip to Argentina.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Media pushed for Sanford access; Tapper on ‘slimy’ email
Discussion: and TPMMuckraker
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:
David Harsanyi / Reason:
Science Fiction ‘Czar’  —  Dr. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy—better known as the “science czar”—has been a longtime prophet of environmental catastrophes.  Never discouraged but never right.  —  And thanks to resourceful bloggers …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Chuck Todd's arguments against investigations  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  NBC's Chuck Todd — who, remember, is billed as a reporter covering the White House, not a pundit expressing opinions — was on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday discussing reports that Eric Holder is likely …
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.”
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 …
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:
Discussion: The New Republic and Ezra Klein
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: In Speech, Hillary Will Push Arabs To Do More Towards Peace  —  In a major foreign policy speech this afternoon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will take direct aim at Arab states for not doing their part towards securing Mideast peace, demanding that “all sides” …
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Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Analysis: Huckabee's star in GOP rises while other 2012 contenders fall
Discussion: Media Blog and Hot Air
Daniel Martin / Daily Mail:
A 9-month wait for arthritis treatment: Delay can mean a lifetime …
Peter Brown / Capital Journal:
Can Soaring Deficits Boost GOP Fortunes?
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Key Obama advisers indicate openness to pushing health care reform …
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Perlmutter part owns ‘green’ bank he helped
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Goodbye Iraq, and Good Luck
Discussion: The New Republic
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Levin bails on F-22 cuts
Discussion: The Note
Bill Wyman / Wall Street Journal:
The Tragedy of Michael Jackson
Discussion: Us Weekly, Reason and Pajamas Media
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Florida Project Under Investigation Is Linked to Rep. Murtha
Discussion: Hot Air and YID With LID
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
In D.C., some worry Ensign saga is not over
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, The Caucus and TPMDC
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems reject palling around with Palin
Laurie K. Blandford /
Port St. Lucie apologizes to Treasure Coast Tea Party
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog