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3:05 PM ET, July 18, 2009


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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
What's really behind Obama's sudden plea for troubled health reforms today  —  Friday afternoons and evenings — as we've mentioned here previously — are usually a dumping ground for political news its originators do not want noticed much.  Especially entering warm summer weekends.
Discussion: Don Surber
The Huffington Post:
GOP Scoffed At CBO Score For Iraq That Was Twice The Cost Of Health Care  —  Testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf that preliminary versions of health care legislation lack effective cost-containing mechanisms has roiled the nation's capital.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC now targets House Democrats in health care push  —  The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America Arm — criticized by Harry Reid yesterday for an ad pressuring Senate Democrats on health care — has launched a similar effort in the House.  —  A version of the same ad …
Newerdeal / CBS News:
CBS Legend Walter Cronkite Dies  —  “Most Trusted Man in America” Passes Away in New York at 92  —  (CBS) The “most trusted man in America” is gone.  —  Walter Cronkite, who personified television journalism for more than a generation as anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Walter Cronkite, Voice of TV News, Dies  —  Walter Cronkite, who pioneered and then mastered the role of television news anchorman with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most trusted man in America, died Friday, his family said.  He was 92.  —  From 1962 to 1981 …
Media Decoder:
Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Dies at 92  —  Walter Cronkite at the anchor desk.  —  Update: 10:40 p.m.: We are highlighting some of the comments from readers about Walter Cronkite's life and legacy:  —  “Walter, you were family.  Thank you for always telling the truth and for seeing us as neighbors, not audience members.
Todd Leopold / CNN:   Cronkite, ‘most trusted man in America,’ dead
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:   A Tribute to Uncle Walter
The Politico:
Walter Cronkite dead at 92
John / Power Line:
A Year Without A Summer?  —  1816 was the “year without a summer.”  There were several causes of the abnormally cold weather that year, as this source recounts: … If this account is correct, the “year without a summer” played a role in the development of the American Midwest:
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle  —  In George Orwell's “1984,” government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the “memory hole.”  —  On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Last Post  —  I had all kinds of ideas for things I wanted to write before I left, but between last-minute packing and phone calls from friends and family, it didn't happen.  So I'll just say a few things quickly.  —  As I said before, one of the things that led me to start blogging …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
AmeriCorps IG sues government over “unlawful” firing  —  Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was “unlawful,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Their Own Medicine  —  Senators prefer the insurance they have.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In the health debate, liberals sing Hari Krishnas to the “public option” — a new federal insurance program like Medicare — but if it's good enough for the middle class, then surely it's good enough for the political class too?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Cold Fury
Washington Post:
U.S. Commanders Are Concerned About New Iraqi Restrictions on American Troops  —  American Officials See Link Between Limits, Spate of Attacks  —  The Iraqi government has moved to sharply restrict the movement and activities of U.S. forces in a new reading of a six-month-old U.S.-Iraqi security agreement …
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
As Mexico Border Tightens, Smugglers Take to Sea  —  SAN DIEGO — They move north in rickety fishing boats, often overloaded and barely seaworthy, slipping through the darkness and hidden from the watchful radar of American patrols.  —  Along beaches north of here, the migrants from Mexico …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Weighs Terror Interrogation Team  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering overhauling the way terror suspects are interrogated by creating a small team of professionals drawn from across the government, according to people familiar with a proposal that will be submitted to the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story
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