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9:30 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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Rules For Commenting On The CBO's Judgments  —  In the least surprising revelation of the day, the Congressional Budget Office doesn't see much in the way of savings coming from health-care reform in the next 10 or so years.  This is because the bills under consideration do not save much money in the next 10 or so years.
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.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senators: No bipartisan health deal this week
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:   The Grassley Test  —  An Iowa Republican may decide the fate of ObamaCare.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
GOP seizes on CBO criticism of health bills
Discussion: The Note and The TrogloPundit
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 …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Heart-ache: Tea-party-hating superhack out at CNN
Discussion: No Sheeples Here!
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Conservative group offers to sell endorsement for $2M  —  The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a $2 million check in return for the group's endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.
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.
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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?
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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.” )
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 …
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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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 …
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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,” …
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Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Obama Stresses Responsibility at NAACP's 100th Anniversary
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Sanford flies high on taxpayers' dime  —  Aside from the damage done to his standing as a social conservative, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's recent admission of an extramarital affair may end up tarnishing another of his political credentials—his carefully-honed reputation as a tight-fisted steward of taxpayer money.
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Associated Press:
AP Investigation: ‘Frugal’ SC gov flew in style
Discussion: The Page
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.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pickering's wife sues alleged mistress  —  The estranged wife of former Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), who served 12 years in Congress before retiring in January, has filed a lawsuit against his alleged mistress, claiming their adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings' marriage and his political career.
Discussion: Right Pundits
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 …
CNBC.com:
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.”
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.
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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
 
 
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Open the Liberal Floodgates
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