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9:40 AM ET, July 16, 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 $54,000.  Is a few more months worth that much?
New York Times:
Health Care Vote Illustrates Partisan Divide  —  WASHINGTON — A party-line Senate committee vote on legislation to remake the nation's health care system underscored the absence of political consensus on what would be the biggest changes in social policy in more than 40 years.
Keith Hennessey / The Politico:   Wrong health reform will hurt economy
James Kirchick / Features:
Meghan McCain Will Be Heard  —  Call her the anti-Ann Coulter or an attention-seeking cynic, the daughter of the former presidential candidate is proving that you can rally for gay marriage and still be Republican.  —  “Does it sound campy to say I love gay men?” asks Meghan McCain …
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Meghan McCain: “Joe the Plumber —You Can Quote Me — is a Dumbass”  —  The afternoon before the White House Correspondents Dinner, I sat down with Meghan McCain, daughter of the erstwhile presidential candidate, to profile her for OUT magazine.  McCain has earned herself a remarkable bit …
New York Post:
DEM HEALTH RX A POI$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.
Jonathan H. Adler / Washington Post:
The Sotomayor Hearings, Day Three  —  The Post asked legal experts to weigh in on the third day of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.  —  Law professor and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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
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 …
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
Discussion: QandO and Maggie's Farm
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.) …
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
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 …
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
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 …
James L. / Swing State Project:
House 2Q 2009 Fundraising Roundup  —  The second quarter reporting deadline for congressional candidates has now come and gone, so it's time for SSP to gather up all the noteworthy fundraising numbers for 2010's hot (and not-so-hot) House races.  —  Here's the full chart, but if you see anything we missed, let us know in the comments:
Mark Landler / New York Times:
For Clinton, '09 Campaign Is for Her Turf  —  WASHINGTON — When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped back to center stage here on Wednesday to present an ambitious blueprint for America's role in the world, the State Department billed it as a major foreign policy address.
DFL's Tarryl Clark to Take on Bachmann in 2010  —  Minnesota could again have one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country in 2010.  —  It could be a close race if Rep. Michele Bachmann faces off against a prominent Democrat who could raise a lot of money and national support.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sotomayor hearings: The complete transcript — Day 3, Part 4 of 4  —  As we often do here on The Ticket, in addition to our own take on politics and events, we are providing a complete transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination …
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Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
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Dallas Morning News:
Federal judge orders Irving to adopt single-member districts for city council
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New York Times:
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
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