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10:00 AM ET, July 20, 2009


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Washington Post:
Approval Ratings Drop for Obama on Health Care, Other Issues  —  Approval Rating on Health Care Falls Below 50 Percent  —  Obama's approval ratings on other front-burner issues, such as the economy and the federal budget deficit, have also slipped over the summer, as rising concern …
Washington Post:
Obama Heads to the Front to Do Battle on Health-Care Reform  —  Six months into his presidency, Barack Obama may have no greater test of his ability to translate personal popularity into a successful legislative agenda than the upcoming two weeks.  —  With skepticism about the president's …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi: Make millionaires pay  —  Trying to sell a historic health bill to a balky caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told POLITICO in an interview that she wants to soften a proposed surcharge on the wealthy so that it applies only to families that make $1 million or more.
Fox News:
Deficits, Taxes and Time Appear to Doom Health Care Reforms
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Financial Rescue I.G. Says Banks Funneled TARP Aid to Various Expenses  —  Many of the banks that got federal aid to support increased lending have instead used some of the money to make investments, repay debts or buy other banks, according to a new report from the special inspector general overseeing …
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God, Guns, Guts, and CNN's Idiot Reporters  —  Greetings, Instapundit readers!  —  “You don't have a problem with God, do ya?”  —  This is a question posed to CNN reporter Carol Costello during a recent interview with Mark Muller, a Missouri car dealer whose company is offering an unusual incentive …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Pundit & Pundette
Mark Impomeni / Examiner:
Corzine finds raising money uncomfortable  —  New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has been forced to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign for the first time in his political career.  And aides say that he is finding that the task does not come naturally.  “He kind of has a Midwestern …
Bob Ingle / Daily Record:
Corzine campaign showing signs of obvious desperation
Discussion: RedState
William Grimes / New York Times:
Frank McCourt, Whose Irish Childhood Illuminated His Prose, Is Dead at 78  —  Frank McCourt, a former New York City schoolteacher who turned his miserable childhood in Limerick, Ireland, into a phenomenally popular, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, “Angela's Ashes,” died in Manhattan on Sunday.
Rinker Buck / Baltimore Sun:
Frank McCourt, Author Of Angela's Ashes, Dies At 78
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
New York Times:
Governors Fear Medicaid Costs in Health Plan  —  BILOXI, Miss. — The nation's governors, Democrats as well as Republicans, voiced deep concern Sunday about the shape of the health care plan emerging from Congress, fearing that Washington was about to hand them expensive new Medicaid obligations without money to pay for them.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Jindal Rises Again  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will wade into the national debate over health care this week by penning op-eds in Politico and the Wall Street Journal and appearing on a series of cable chat shows today and tomorrow.  —  “Governor Jindal has seen enough …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Race in 2028  —  During last week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Republican senators kept bringing the conversation back to 2001 — the year when Sonia Sotomayor delivered the most famous version of her line about how a “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences” might outshine a white male judge.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Video: Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl Full Hostage Video  —  Here is the entire video showing Private Bowe Berdahl in Taliban captivity.  The Taliban have threatened to murder him if the U.S. does not leave Afghanistan.  —  Until Bowe Bergdahl's captors are dead I will not rest.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
TWO MILLION VISITORS!  —  About 3 p.m. today, The Other McCain recorded its 2 millionth visitor.  It took slightly more than 11 months to hit the 1-million mark on Feb. 13, and barely five months to knock down the next million.  —  We must therefore begin by thanking Carrie Prejean nude.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Subprime Brokers Resurface as Dubious Loan Fixers  —  LOS ANGELES — From the ninth floor of a downtown office building on Wilshire Boulevard, Jack Soussana delivered staggering numbers of mortgages to homeowners during the real estate boom, amassing a fortune.  —  By Mr. Soussana's own account, his customers fared less happily.
Discussion: Eschaton and Economist's View
Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Steers Left on Honduras  —  Why would Hugo Chavez expect Obama to help him?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When Hugo Chávez makes a personal appeal to Washington for help, as he did 11 days ago, it raises serious questions about the signals that President Barack Obama …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: On Health Care Reform, Won't Someone Think About Us Rich People???  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOADS: (829)  —  PLAYS: (2560)  —  (h/t Heather)  —  Clearly, the Beltway Bubble operates …
Discussion: The Confluence
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
“Rationing”  —  Thinking about the “rationing” question in health care it's worth trying to get clear.  Sometimes there are shortages of something relative to demand—think of a huge oil shock—and the government decides it wants to impose price controls.  That, in turn, leads to shortages.
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Kathryn McGarr / The Politico:
Bipartisanship, in three courses
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Tobin / Jerusalem Post:
A pause for serious self-reflection
Bobby Jindal / The Politico:
‘A trillion here, a trillion there’  —  Things in Louisiana are looking up.
Rick Hampson / USA Today:
As wars' death toll nears 5,000, Dover shows quiet dignity
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Ketchup and the housing bubble
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
After bashing K Street, Dodd mingles with lobbyists
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Moe Lane
Michael D. Griffin / Washington Post:
Let's Reach for The Stars Again
New York Times:
Health Bill Might Direct Tax Money to Abortion
Discussion: The Caucus