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11:15 AM ET, July 17, 2009

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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.
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Political Punch:
Snowe Dampens President Obama's Timeline on Health Care Reform
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, TPMDC and The Note
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!
Jonathan Allen / Notepad:
Another Alleged Affair Tied to Christian House on Capitol Hill  —  A Capitol Hill townhouse that serves as a dormitory and meeting place for a band of conservative Christian lawmakers has been linked to a third episode of marital infidelity, this time in a Mississippi court filing by a former lawmaker's estranged wife.
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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
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
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.
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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The Campaign Spot:
NRA Makes It Official: They Oppose Sotomayor
Discussion: Commentary and Redhot
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 …
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.
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.” )
New York Times:
Explosions at 2 Hotels in Indonesia Kill at Least 8  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two suicide bombers detonated explosives in nearly simultaneous attacks at neighboring American luxury hotels in central Jakarta on Friday morning, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 50, according to security officials.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Tells Fellow Blacks: ‘No Excuses’ for 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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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 …
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.”
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.
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Read It And Weep  —  Fester at Newhoggers links to a set of right-wing bloggers' predictions for 2003.  It's pretty stunning.  For instance: … More from another pre-war interview with Tim Blair: … If only.  —  Except for Rachel Lucas', those are some pretty embarrassing predictions.
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.
 
 
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