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5:20 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.
Washington Post:
Alliances Splinter in Debate Over Health-Care Reform  —  Once-Friendly Groups Split as Details Emerge  —  Months of relative cooperation among disparate interest groups in the heath-care reform debate appear to be coming to an end, as the major political parties and their surrogates unleash …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC now targets House Democrats in health care push
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
And That's the Way Cronkite Was . . .  As Walter Cronkite's night of retirement from “The CBS Evening News” grew closer and closer back in 1981, there were signs of palpable public panic — one of them a briefly popular T-shirt on which was printed the horrified rhetorical question, “Oh …
Newerdeal / CBS News:
CBS Legend Walter Cronkite Dies
Media Decoder:
Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Dies 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:
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
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,” …
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Amygdala
Little Green Footballs:
Ron Paul: Troofer?  —  An idiot from a “9/11 Truth” group cornered Ron Paul recently and asked why he hasn't “come out about the truth about 9/11.”  —  Paul's answer: he has too much to do, and he can't handle the controversy.  —  This is the guy whose influence is growing in the GOP …
Discussion: Say Anything, Hot Air and Adam Holland
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Company Denies its Robots Feed on the Dead  —  I never imagined I'd print a press release in full.  Then, an hour ago, Howard Lovy e-mailed me the most incredible press release of all time...  POMPANO BEACH, Fla.- In response to rumors circulating the internet on sites such as …
Discussion: The Rhetorican and Making Light
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites  —  NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites.  The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.
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