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8:30 AM ET, July 17, 2009


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Washington Post:
Budget Analyst Assails Cost of Congress's Health-Care Proposals  —  CBO Chief Says Democrats' Proposals Lack Necessary Controls on Spending  —  Congress's chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment yesterday of the health-care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senators: No bipartisan health deal this week  —  The bipartisan group of senators working to hash out an agreement on healthcare reform delivered a message to President Obama and the Democratic leadership Thursday: You'll just have to wait.  —  After another intense day of closed-door negotiations …
Discussion: Hot Air
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
The Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Today I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Budget Committee about CBO's most recent analysis of the long-term budget outlook.  —  Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run.
Ezra Klein:
Rules For Commenting On The CBO's Judgments
Discussion: Kausfiles, The Right Coast and Wizbang
The Note:
CBO Sees No Net Federal Cost Savings in Dem Health Plans
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:   GOP seizes on CBO criticism of health bills
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’  —  ( - Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.
Chris / TVNewser:
Susan Roesgen Out at CNN  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen's contract will not be renewed and she will be leaving the network.  —  Roesgen, you'll recall, was criticized for her coverage at the tax day tea parties in April, when she said the event she was covering …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Heart-ache: Tea-party-hating superhack out at CNN
Discussion: No Sheeples Here!
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
RNC Web site promoting anti-Semitic, anti-Latino, and pornographic literature  —  (UPDATE: I understand the Latino book is not anti-Latino, but in fact debunks anti-Latino prejudice.  Fair enough.  But I'm still looking forward to the RNC's explanation for including “bondage,” “anal,” and “clitoris.” )
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Witness rips Boxer for racial condescension  —  Red meat by the slab, folks!  Barbara Boxer wound up getting reamed by Harry Alford, the chair of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, after attempting to challenge his testimony on energy policy.  When Boxer started waving position papers …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
Sen. Barbara Boxer, accused of race politics today during the EPW hearing
Discussion: Reason and
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Tells Fellow Blacks: ‘No Excuses’ for Any Failure  —  President Obama delivered a fiery sermon to black America on Thursday night, warning black parents that they must accept their own responsibilities by “putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour,” …
Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Obama Stresses Responsibility at NAACP's 100th Anniversary
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Joy of Sachs  —  The American economy remains in dire straits, with one worker in six unemployed or underemployed.  Yet Goldman Sachs just reported record quarterly profits — and it's preparing to hand out huge bonuses, comparable to what it was paying before the crisis.  What does this contrast tell us?
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Democrats Drop Key Part of Bill to Assist Unions  —  A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers.  —  The so-called card-check provision — which senators decided to scrap to help secure …
Not Larry Sabato:
REPUBLICANS BECOMING UNHINGED  —  VA-GOP CANDIDATE JUST SAID: “IF WE LOSE AT THE BALLOT BOX, WE WILL HAVE TO TURN TO THE BULLET BOX.”  VIDEO TO COME!!  —  UPDATE: Quote corrected (it's actually worse):"We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How Republicans missed their chance with Sotomayor  —  Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are down to their last chance to make the case that there are serious questions about Sonia Sotomayor's fitness for the Supreme Court.  One of the things they will do is stress a subject …
Fatal blasts hit Jakarta hotels  —  At least nine people including some foreigners have been killed in two bomb blasts at luxury hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say.  —  One explosion hit the Ritz-Carlton, ripping off its facade, and the other the Marriott Hotel.
Lily Gordon /
Federal judge dismisses reservist's suit questioning Obama's presidency  —  A federal judge this morning dismissed the suit filed here by a U.S. Army reservist who says he shouldn't have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Lou Dobbs and the Birthers: Stefan Cook's orders were rescinded by the military
Discussion: The Reaction
John / Power Line:
And Now For Something Completely Crazy  —  The news is coming so thick and fast these days that it's hard to keep up.  The Supreme Court, socialized medicine, cap and trade, record deficits, foreign policy fecklessness—it's easy to lose track of smaller issues with all that is going on.
Roubini: Views on Economy Unchanged Despite Reports  —  Nouriel Roubini, the economist whose dire forecasts earned him the nickname “Doctor Doom,” said after markets closed Thursday that earlier reports claiming he sees an end to the recession this year were “taken out of context.”
Tracking Michelle Obama's slave roots  —  GEORGETOWN, South Carolina (CNN) — In many places across the South you can walk in the footsteps of slaves, and if you understand the history, it is not a happy journey.  The same is true at Friendfield Plantation outside Georgetown, South Carolina.
Political Punch:
President Obama Continues Questionable “You Can Keep Your Health Care” Promise  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:  —  At a rally in Holmdel, New Jersey, today, President Obama continued making a promise about health care reform that he has acknowledged isn't literally true.
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Room for Debate:
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A Point of View: After meeting with Obama, what's next?
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
The Huffington Post:
Former GOP Congressmen Accuse Republicans Of Putting Party Above Constitution
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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Open the Liberal Floodgates
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