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10:45 AM ET, July 17, 2009

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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.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Grassley Test  —  An Iowa Republican may decide the fate of ObamaCare.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Forget Max Baucus, Henry Waxman and Rahm Emanuel.  If there's one guy who may hold the whole health-care world in his hands, it's Sen. Chuck Grassley.  That ought to have President Barack Obama worried.
Washington Post:
Budget Analyst Assails Cost of Congress's Health-Care Proposals
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senators: No bipartisan health deal this week
Discussion: Hot Air, msnbc.com and Riehl World View
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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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!
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and GOP 12
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Associated Press:
AP Investigation: ‘Frugal’ SC gov flew in style
Discussion: The Page
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
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Jonathan Allen / Notepad:
Another Alleged Affair Tied to Christian House on Capitol Hill
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Sen. Graham's Exchanges With Sotomayor Among Most Anticipated of Judiciary Panel  —  S.C. Conservative Is Considered Pivotal Character in Sotomayor Hearings  —  Perhaps it is because Sen. Lindsey O. Graham is the only Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who said openly that he was considering supporting Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
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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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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.” )
Wall Street Journal:
Sotomayor Hearing Escapes Gravity  —  They put a man on the moon, and a comedian in the Senate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Everyone is noting the 40th anniversary, on July 20, of the moon landing.  Good.  It was an epic moment in history, though its memory is accompanied by an unsatisfied feeling …
Anthony Deutsch / Associated Press:
Blasts at Jakarta Ritz, Marriott kill 9, wound 50  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Bombs minutes apart ripped through two luxury hotels in Jakarta Friday, killing nine and wounding at least 50 more, ending a four-year lull in terror attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Jimmie Bise / AIP Blog:
Let's Put Some Real Faces on the Casualties of Obamacare  —  On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the President and his Democratic allies in Congress intend to force small business with payrolls more than $250,000 per year to provide health insurance to their employees.
David Carr / New York Times:
A Hollywood Blogger Feared by Executives  —  Right now, there's a good chance a Hollywood executive is leaning into a colleague's office and quietly asking, “Did you see what Nikki just wrote?”  —  That would be Nikki Finke, a well-traveled newspaper reporter who has found her moment as a digital-age Walter Winchell.
Duane R. Patterson / Townhall.com:
Barbara Boxer Race Relations  —  For about a week, Californians had hope.  Minnesota had elected, unbelievably, Al Franken to represent them in the United States Senate.  Finally, the long time mantle of dimmest senator in the Upper Chamber would pass from Barbara Boxer to the new junior senator from the Gopher State.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
40 Years After Apollo 11, America's Retreat From the Moon  —  Michael Crichton once wrote that if you told a physicist in 1899 that within a hundred years humankind would, among other wonders (nukes, commercial airlines), “travel to the moon, and then lose interest . . . the physicist would almost certainly pronounce you mad.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dept. of unlikely sources  —  A perceptive colleague wonders whether that Virginia legislative candidate threatening violent insurrection — “bullets” instead of “ballots” — knew she was quoting Malcolm X.  —  post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  Ha!
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.”
 
 
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Ehud Olmert / Washington Post:
Stop Focusing on the Settlements to Achieve Peace in the Middle East
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Doctors lift healthcare
Political Punch:
President Obama Continues Questionable “You Can Keep Your Health Care” Promise
UPI:
Russian human-rights activist found dead
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John / Power Line:
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CNN:
Tracking Michelle Obama's slave roots
Not Larry Sabato:
REPUBLICANS BECOMING UNHINGED
The Huffington Post:
Former GOP Congressmen Accuse Republicans Of Putting Party Above Constitution
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