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6:50 PM ET, July 16, 2009

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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
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The Note:
CBO Sees No Net Federal Cost Savings in Dem Health Plans  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Here's a blow to President Obama and Democrats pressing health care reform.  —  One of the main arguments made by the President and others for investing in health reform now is that it will save …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
CBO Chief Criticizes Democrats' Health Reform Measures  —  Director Says Proposed Changes Would Weaken Economy  —  Instead of saving the federal government from fiscal catastrophe, the health reform measures being drafted by congressional Democrats would worsen an already bleak budget outlook …
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 Cohn / The Treatment:
BREAKING: AMA Endorses House Bill.  —  Via Health Care for America Now: The American Medical Association just sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, endorsing the health reform proposal put forward by three House committees.  —  This is unexpected.  Or, at least, I wasn't expecting it.
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Baucus: On Paying for Health Care, Obama Isn't Helping
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus: Bipartisan health deal close
The Note:
They're Baaack — New ‘Harry and Louise’ Ad Is for Health Care Reform
Discussion: Emaxhealth, WSJ.com and The Hill
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Health Legislation Is Said to Carry Debt Risk
Discussion: Swampland
Wall Street Journal:   Big Pharma Gets Played
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 …
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Boxer: But You're Black!  —  Boxer doesn't actually say that, she just implies it.  And the black male she's questioning takes great offense.  Chuck Devore is certainly going to have plenty of material to work with thanks to Boxer herself!  —  Update: Lifted from comments via Dan at GP with more - so true.
Discussion: theblogprof and GayPatriot
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
Sen. Barbara Boxer, accused of race politics today during the EPW hearing
Discussion: Townhall.com and Reason
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Rosen Was Right  —  After two days of Sotomayor testimony I thought of Jeffrey Rosen's piece on Sotomayor back in May (before he had to backpedal and support her so as not to embarrass the “team").  I don't think much of his temperament criticism, but his analysis of her legal and intellectual capabilities seems exactly on the money:
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Washington Post:
Sessions: GOP Won't Block Vote on Sotomayor Nomination  —  Witnesses Testify Following Nominee Questioning  —  Judge Sonia Sotomayor ended four days of testimony this afternoon with prospects of rapid confirmation to the Supreme Court improved, as a conservative Republican …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Contradictory Objections from the Blue Dogs  —  One thing that's clear from reading today's news is that Representative Mike Ross (D-AR) is very upset about the House health care bill and is planning to lead a bloc of Blue Dog Dems on the Energy & Commerce Committee to vote against it unless major changes happen.
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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 …
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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Washington Post:
Up Next: Biden vs. Cantor  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) landed a fresh blow in a tit-for-tat battle with Vice President Biden today after the latter accused the senior Republican lawmaker of smearing the administration's $787 billion stimulus package.  —  Cantor called an afternoon news conference …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REDEFINING BIPARTISANSHIP.... At a White House event yesterday …
Discussion: Slate and WhiteHouse.gov Blog
Lily Gordon / Ledger-Enquirer.com:
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.
Discussion: WorldNetDaily and On Deadline
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Lou Dobbs and the Birthers: Stefan Cook's orders were rescinded by the military
Discussion: The Reaction
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama losing his cool?  —  It's been a tough week for President Obama's cool factor.  —  Not only is he weathering criticism of his policies, but the Cool One has also taken a few dings to his immaculate image in recent days.  —  It started on Monday.  Speaking at the White House …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President Moves the Economic Goalposts  —  The stimulus isn't working as originally advertised.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  So what's a president to do when the promises he made about his economic stimulus program fail to materialize?  If you're Barack Obama …
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
The real price of Goldman's giganto-profits  —  Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein in Washington DC in November 2008 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty) … So what's wrong with Goldman posting $3.44 billion in second-quarter profits, what's wrong with the company so far earmarking $11.4 billion in compensation for its employees?
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
Open the Liberal Floodgates  —  President Obama is free to go hard left with his next Supreme Court appointment.  That's the lesson of the failed attacks on nominee Sonia Sotomayor during this week's Senate confirmation hearing.  —  Racially-tinged inferences, snide liberal bashing …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Talking Points Memo
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: Pharyngula
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.
Christina Larson / The New Republic:
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy  —  The Uighurs aren't extremists—but the Chinese government may change that.  —  Columns of paramilitary police are now keeping a tenuous peace in Urumqi, the western Chinese city where more than 1,000 Uighurs rioted ten days ago in the bloodiest clash in decades between …
Dan Collins / Piece of Work In Progress:
Wise Latina  —  Bama's Supreme nominee, a-nominee.  —  How'd you ever get so darn wise, Latina?  —  Giving O a victory, a-victory.  —  Tingle up Chris Matthews' fat thighs, Latina?  —  Never gonna stop, shut it up,  —  Such a motor mouth,  —  Always backing down when your
Discussion: American Power
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Change!  Obama Administration OKs Logging in Tongass National Forest, Alaska!  Takes Page From Palin Playbook; Dems' Radical Coalition Cracking?  —  From the leftist Mother Nature Network, “Obama Administration Green Lights Logging in Tongass National Forest”: … How do you like that Bruce Banner flourish?!!
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Former GOP Congressmen Accuse Republicans Of Putting Party Above Constitution
Patrice St. Germain / Spectrum:
Campaign asks for clean energy
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bill McGraw / Detroit Free Press:
Feds paint Conyers as bold shakedown artist
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and theblogprof
John Plunkett / Guardian:
‘Almost all’ news sites will charge within a year, predicts FT editor
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A Modest Proposal, 2009 Edition
Discussion: QandO
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
A Publics Figure  —  Congress's First Elected Muslim Is Emblematic …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
US Unemployment Benefits in International Context
Melanie Reid / Times of London:
Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran
City Journal:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Obama drops nine points overall, 15 points among indies, in one month