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9:25 AM ET, July 22, 2009


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The Hill:
Dems at odds on how to turn tide on health  —  House Democrats' drive to overhaul the nation's healthcare system sputtered Tuesday, fueling doubts that the complex legislation can be passed before lawmakers leave town for the August recess.  —  If Democrats in the lower chamber do not pass …
Political Punch:
Facing Blue Dog Rebellion, House Energy and Commerce Committee Cancels Markup for 2nd Day in a Row  —  At 5:54 pm ET the news came: “The Energy and Commerce Markup of H.R. 3200 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act for 7-22-09 has been CANCELLED.  —  Not a good sign for the Democrats trying …
Bobby Jindal / Wall Street Journal:
How to Make Health-Care Reform Bipartisan  —  In Washington, it seems history always repeats itself.  That's what's happening now with health-care reform.  This is an unfortunate turn of events for Americans who are legitimately concerned about the skyrocketing cost of a basic human need.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Blue Dogs get a deal on health costs  —  Moderate House Democrats and a key committee chairman emerged from a three-hour meeting at the White House on Tuesday with a tentative agreement to give an outside panel — rather than Congress — the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs.
CBS News:
President Obama Talks to Katie Couric
Discussion: The Swamp and
The Black Sphere:
DEMOCRAT CARNAHAN DISMISSES BLACK MAN AT TOWNHALL  —  Yesterday, I attended a townhall meeting on healthcare with Representative Russ Carnahan, where he dissed this black constituent.  For those of you unfamiliar with Missouri politics, the new breed of Carnahans are those who are riding …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Michelle Malkin:
Politician claims Obamacare saves.  Voters laugh out loud  —  Best video of the day: Rep. Russ Carnahan meets the government health care takeover resistance.  —  My favorite parts?  Well, all of it.  But especially when Carnahan tries to tell the audience that Obamacare will create …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Obama's Ominous Implication: Euthanasia of the Elderly May Be Necessary  —  Gee, socialized medicine sounds great — don't you think so, grandma and grandpa? … In other words, faceless bureaucrats in Washington — not your family — will decide whether your grandparents live or die.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's birth: ‘Appeasing the nut-cases’  —  Listen to the cheers for the woman holding up her birth certificate and asking why the president won't share his.  —  Listen to the boos when a Republican congressman asserts rather assuredly that the president of the United States, a Democrat …
Discussion: The Politico
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Palin implicated in ethics probe  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts.  —  The report obtained by The Associated Press says Palin …
Senator: Democrats “baffled” by president's health care stance  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the prospects for passing health reform by the time Congress leaves for its August recess look bleaker, Democratic grumbling about President Obama is growing louder.  One Democratic senator tells CNN …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Gloria Borger / CNN:
Borger: Democrats messing up on health care  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst  —  Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's “The Situation Room,” “Campbell Brown,” “AC360°” and “State of the Union With John King,” as well as special event coverage.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Los Angeles Times:
Opposition to state budget deal mounts  —  L.A. County threatens to sue, a state workers' union considers a strike, and a GOP leader protests release of prison inmates.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — Less than 24 hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders announced …
Obama goes prime-time to pitch healthcare  —  U.S. President Barack Obama shifts his effort to convince the American people healthcare reform is the right thing to do right now to prime time Wednesday.  —  In an evening news conference, Obama is expected to outline the case for healthcare reform …
Quinnipiac University:
Toomey Ties Specter In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Say New Democrat Does Not Deserve Another Term  —  Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's 2010 reelection lead over Republican challenger Pat Toomey has shrunk to a tie with 45 percent for Specter and 44 percent for Toomey …
Kbh /
20 questions for the President's press conference  —  President Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 8 PM EDT.  —  I hope the questions are better than the one asked by Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times at the President's 100-day press conference on April 30th:
Anill / Think Progress:
Dobbs wonders whether President Obama is undocumented.  —  Today, Political Wire posted a clip of an episode of Lou Dobbs' radio show in which he not only questions President Obama's citizenship and promotes the bizarre right-wing “birther” theory, but also insinuates that Obama might be undocumented:
Gina Chon / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq's Leader Emerges as Unlikely Force  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, reluctantly thrust three years ago into a job few expected him to hold onto, arrives in Washington this week as a transformed leader — with widening popularity among Iraqis, grudging respect …
Discussion: The Caucus, TigerHawk and The Page
The Other McCain / Hot Air:
IG-Gate UPDATE: Behind the Scenes of the Investigations  —  Behind closed doors on Capitol Hill last week, I asked a Republican source about the investigative efforts of Democratic staffers for the House Oversight Committee.  —  “Honestly?” the source said.  “They're useless.”
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Gates Says He Is Outraged by Arrest at Cambridge Home  —  Prominent Black Professor Says He Will Use Experience to Further Academic Work  —  Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation's most prominent scholars of African-American history, cast his recent arrest in his home in Cambridge …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Rather Wins Access to Thousands of Documents in Suit Against CBS  —  Dan Rather won significant victories Tuesday in his suit against his former network, CBS.  He won access to more than 3,000 documents that his lawyer said were expected to reveal evidence that CBS had tried to influence …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Obama Wins Crucial Senate Vote on F-22  —  WASHINGTON — With some of his political capital on the line, President Obama won a crucial victory on Tuesday when the Senate voted to strip out $1.75 billion in financing for seven more F-22 jet fighters from a military authorization bill.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Senate Strips F-22 Funding
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
DeMint: Obama ‘Played Right Into My Hands’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) stands by his comment that health care will be President Obama's Waterloo, a comment Obama derided in a health care speech yesterday.  —  “I think he played right into my hands,” DeMint told Neil Cavuto on Fox News this afternoon …
Discussion: D-Day
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House breaks another promise to reject Bush secrecy  —  Well, at least it's bipartisan.  —  The still sort-of new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted yet another policy straight out of the administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
Discussion: Think Progress
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Individual Mandate Has Broad Support Among Health-Care Reformers  —  A Proposed Requirement That All Americans Have Policies Has Broad Support Among Reformers  —  President Obama's dream of dramatically remaking the nation's health-care system is still a long way from reality.
Discussion: Clusterstock
New York Times:
Pakistan Objects to U.S. Expansion in Afghan War  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is objecting to expanded American combat operations in neighboring Afghanistan, creating new fissures in the alliance with Washington at a critical juncture when thousands of new American forces are arriving in the region.
Discussion: Associated Press
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News: Surgeon General Too Fat  —  In what has to be among Fox News' all-time lowlights, Neil Cavuto had a segment a short while ago on whether the new surgeon general nominee, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, is “too fat” for the post.  Seriously.  In support of this argument …
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Katie Connolly / Newsweek Blogs:
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Dr. Helen:
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Aaron Blake / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Huckabee event left candidate in the red
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