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12:30 PM ET, July 16, 2009

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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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Contradictory Objections from the Blue Dogs
Discussion: The Politico and Arkansas News
The Politico:
Obama plays waiting game on health bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and NOW! Blog
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
House Democrats set to vote on health care bill
Discussion: The Page, TPMDC and Associated Press
James Kirchick / Out.com 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 …
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James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Meghan McCain: “Joe the Plumber —You Can Quote Me — is a Dumbass”
IBDeditorials.com:
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Edges Palin, Huckabee in Early 2012 GOP Test  —  Palin's favorable rating stable after announcement of her resignation  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About one in four Republicans and Republican-leaning independents make Mitt Romney their top choice for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination …
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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 …
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  —  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.
Discussion: The Note and Scared Monkeys
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Peter Singer / New York Times:
Why We Must Ration Health Care
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AP IGNORES CRITICISM.... Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the House Democratic health care plan cost “$1.5 trillion.”  By the afternoon, the AP reporting didn't attribute the price tag to anyone; it just stated the figure as fact.  —  House Dems threw a fit, which was understandable …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AP Keeps Overstating Cost of Health Bill by $500 Billion
New York Post:
DEM HEALTH RX A POI$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.
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 …
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Boston Globe:
Remembering Apollo 11  —  40 years ago, three human beings …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: 3 Days of the Sotomayor  —  JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PATRICK LEAHY: Judge Sotomayor, welcome to you and your large and lovely family, including your mother, who I believe saved up to buy your first encyclopedia when she was a hard-working widow.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sotomayor hearings: Word count — Senators out-talk her 2 to 1
CNN:
Hillary Clinton almost out of the red  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hillary Clinton is almost debt free from her failed bid for the presidency.  —  According to reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Clinton's 2007-2008 campaign for the White House is now only $1.5 million in the red.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Wonkette and Salon
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Pareene / Gawker:
Lanny Davis Now Hurting Two Countries
Discussion: The Agonist and Wonkette
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flexing Hillary's ‘muscles’  —  In advance of Secretary Clinton's speech yesterday, Clinton's aides appear to have pushed hard on a single theme: That the speech would be “muscular.”  —  The pre-spin was effective.  The word “muscular” appeared in my and Mike's stories describing the speech here …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
For Clinton, '09 Campaign Is for Her Turf
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
BBC:
Iranian nuclear chief steps down  —  The long-serving head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, has resigned, Iranian media and officials have said.  —  The nuclear chief had submitted a letter of resignation to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nearly three weeks ago, the Isna news agency said.
Discussion: Hot Air
Felix Salmon:
Ben Stein, predatory bait-and-switch merchant  —  How far has Ben Stein sunk?  Far enough that I feel compelled to resuscitate the Ben Stein Watch, just to share this unfunny and positively harmful TV ad which is now being aired:  —  “I went to freescore.com and found out my score for free” …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 
 
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Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Goldman Sachs in Talks to Acquire Treasury Department
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City Journal:
The Obsolete New York Model
Ann O'Neill / CNN:
Sotomayor learned ropes fighting NY underworld
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
California Approaches a Deal on Budget Cuts
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Obama as Health Care Salesman: He Sucks!
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and msnbc.com
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Financial Times:
Citi close to secret deal with regulator
Discussion: Deal Journal
Timothy Garton Ash / Guardian:
New York's war on terror is over. And few feel it has left them safer
Discussion: normblog
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Job worries for Obama at NAACP
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Los Angeles City College “Sexual Harassment” Policy Preliminarily …
Les Christie / CNNMoney.com:
1.5 million homes in foreclosure in '09
Forbes:
Why Poor Countries Won't Curb Emissions
Discussion: Reason
The Hill:
Fed officials see higher unemployment