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7:40 AM ET, July 16, 2009


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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.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman /
Obama on progress in health care reform
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
New York Times:
Health Care Vote Illustrates Stubborn 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.
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.) …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election
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.
Bombshell: Orders revoked for soldier challenging prez
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 …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Boren goes nuclear on Obama
The Hill:
Fed officials see higher unemployment  —  Federal Reserve officials see signs of a turnaround in the economy but expect unemployment to remain high through 2010, according to minutes of their June meeting released Wednesday.  —  The officials predicted a range in unemployment of between 9.7 …
Discussion: The Politico and Riehl World View
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 …
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 …
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
Conor Clarke / The Daily Dish:
Why We Beltway Elites Like Sotomayor More Than Palin  —  I think Matt Yglesias makes the important points about this race-obsessed column from Pat Buchanan.  (Buchanan's admirably-frank-but-morally- repugnant argument is that Republicans should ignore the supposed demographic torpedoes …
Discussion: The American Scene
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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Blue Dogs threaten to bring down Pelosi's healthcare bill  —  Centrist Democrats are threatening to oppose their party's healthcare legislation unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accepts changes that make the bill more to their liking.  —  Seven Blue Dogs on the House Energy …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Financial Forecast Shows First Revenue In Q3, 1 billion users in 2013  —  Our negotiations with Twitter (or rather Twitter's lawyers) over our intention to publish a small subset of the 310 hacked confidential documents continue.  We published the first document …
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and News Hounds
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dallas Morning News:
Federal judge orders Irving to adopt single-member districts for city council  —  From Staff Reports  —  A federal judge has ruled that Irving's system of electing City Council members at-large violates the Federal Voting Rights Act and ordered that the city not conduct any more council elections until …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Off the Kuff
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Fundraising shows mayor race is open  —  The four major candidates for Houston mayor have already raised about $2.5 million, far less than the previous competitive mayoral contest in 2003 that shattered city spending records.  —  The campaign finance data, released Wednesday …
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Greg's Opinion
Julia Preston / New York Times:
New Policy Permits Asylum for Battered Women  —  The Obama administration has opened the way for foreign women who are victims of severe domestic beatings and sexual abuse to receive asylum in the United States.  The action reverses a Bush administration stance in a protracted …
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
Ward Connerly / Christian Science Monitor:
Ricci and the future of race in America  —  We're witnessing the beginning of the end of affirmative action.  —  Discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, skin color, ethnicity, or national origin is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Yet that fact seems to either …
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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Daily Dish:
Keep It Simple — The Case Against Comprehensive Reform  —  Writing in Salon, Michael Lind argues “against comprehensive reform — on any issue.”  It's music to my ears.  In cautioning against “giant, complicated, omnibus pieces of legislation that are supposed to solve multiple problems …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
This Recession is Over  —  Daniel Gross, writing for Newsweek …