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11:45 PM ET, July 22, 2009


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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Durbin: No pre-recess vote on healthcare  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that a pre-recess vote on healthcare reform is unlikely.  —  “We're going to take a little longer to get it right,” Durbin told The Hill when asked …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi: Congress should work through recess  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she's open to keeping the House in session through the August recess to pass its healthcare overhaul.  —  “I think 70 percent of the American people would want that,” Pelosi said.  “I want a bill.”
Weekly Standard:
54 House Democrats and All Republicans Against Obamacare?  —  Today, Nancy Pelosi said: “I have no question that we have the votes on the floor of the House to pass this [health-care] legislation.”  But Joe Pounder of the GOP Whip's press office emails:
Discussion: Hot Air
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Two key House Dems dispute Pelosi's health care assessment  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Indiana Democrat Baron Hill, a Blue Dog congressman negotiating with leaders on health care, disagreed with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statement Wednesday that Democrats have the votes to pass health care in the House.
Discussion: Open Congress
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House declines to disclose visits by health industry executives  —  Citing an argument used by the Bush administration, the Secret Service rejects a request from a watchdog group to list those who have visited the White House to discuss the healthcare overhaul.
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
WH discloses health-care execs' visits  —  The Secret Service had earlier rejected a request for the same information, asserting executive privilege.  The issue could have been an embarassment for Obama at the presser in light of his promises during the campaign to make public White House visitors …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Stephen Colbert on Chuck Todd and torture investigations  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Amazingly, reports that Eric Holder is considering commencing an investigation into Bush-era torture crimes has created extreme consternation in multiple Beltway circles despite how narrow …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Imperfect Health Reform Still Beats the Status Quo  —  Among the range of options for health-care reform, there's one that is sure to raise your taxes, increase your out-of-pocket medical expenses, swell the federal deficit, leave more Americans without insurance and guarantee that wages will remain stagnant.
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
Gates is Right—and We're Not Post-Racial Until He's Wrong  —  There is nothing glib to say, in any responsible sense, about Henry Louis Gates' arrest last week, which is this week's big race story.  Its value is as an object lesson in why, with a black President, there remains a contingent convinced …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama: Cambridge police acted ‘stupidly’
Discussion: The Swamp
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Huffington Post and ACS Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Liz Cheney: No question on citizenship  —  Liz Cheney is taking some heat today for, amid a discussion on Larry King Live of the fringe movement that doubts Obama's citizenship, appearing to defend it.  —  “People are fundamentally uncomfortable, and they're fundamentally increasingly uncomfortable …
'You're Going To Destroy My Presidency'  —  Recall Barack Obama whining the other day how “this isn't about me”?  —  Well, that's nonsense.  Of course it's all about him. … Somebody please send Baracky a waaaahmbulance.  —  Oh wait, are they covered by his plan?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dude, Where's My Sperm?  —  I've been freaking myself out over the past 24 hours by reading Reece Rushing's CAP report on dangerous chemicals impairing American fertility.  For the fellows, there's reduced sperm count:  —  And the ladies aren't being spared either:  —  What's to blame?  Well:
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Will Obama's health care plan mirror Clinton's '94 failure?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In 1994, universal health care was a key policy plan for then-President Bill Clinton.  It eventually failed.  —  Now, 15 years later, another Democratic president is taking on the challenge …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Health Care Fight, Defining Moment Nears for President
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging ObamaCare  —  Stephen Green listens carefully to President Obama's press conference on health care — and tries to determine whether care of his vodka-challenged liver will be covered.  (Watch PJTV's virtual health care forum here.)  —  4:48PM I'm watching Fox News tonight, instead of the usual CNN.
Kelly Evans / Real Time Economics:
Would You Stand on Short Flights if It Meant Cheaper Fares?  —  Irish-based discount airline Ryanair recently polled 120,000 passengers on its Web site with the following question: would you be willing to stand on short flights?  —  The answer was an overwhelming “yes” - if the tickets were free.
The State:
Next up for Sanford: 2-week European vacation with family  —  Gov. Mark Sanford said he is leaving the state Thursday with his wife and sons for a two-week European vacation.  —  Sanford said the trip long has been scheduled and was meant as a last family getaway with his family's four sons while they all still are living at home.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Muscular  —  As the Clinton rollout continues, she will appear …
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
L.I. Man Helped Qaeda, Then Informed  —  He grew up in the solid middle class of Suffolk County, the son of an engineer, the child of a couple that had emigrated from South America, a fan of football and video games, an altar boy and, eventually, a Boy Scout.
The Campaign Spot:
Oooh, Don't Forget, ‘Now Is The Time To Act’!  —  Senate Republicans e-mail me: … It's good, don't get me wrong, but they left off a few of my favorite Obama cliches, some of which are straw men, some of which are rhetorical crutches: “We inherited these problems”; “the alternative is to do nothing” …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
After Senate vote, F-22 loses House support  —  The Senate's decisive vote this week to cut off the F-22 program is resonating in the House, where leading appropriators on Wednesday said they would back away from an effort to continue production of the radar-evading fighter.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Orrin Hatch quits health care talks  —  The health care Gang of Seven is now down to six.  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), one of seven senators involved in bipartisan Finance Committee negotiations, has left the talks.  —  Hatch informed Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: The Treatment, The Page and The Note
Rasmussen Reports:
53% Now Oppose Congressional Health Care Reform  —  The health care reform legislation working its way through Congress has lost support over the past month.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of U.S. voters are at least somewhat in favor of the reform effort while 53% are at least somewhat opposed.
Capitol Briefing:
Democrats Defeat Concealed Weapons Amendment  —  In a 58-39 vote, supporters of the looser gun law — including all but two Republicans and 20 moderate Democrats — fell two votes short of the 60 they needed under Senate rules to approve the measure.  The amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Thune …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: Greedy doctors are coming after your tonsils or something  —  Gee, I'm really sorry I decided to skip this for “Ghost Hunters.”  Watching The One explain how the medical industry has designs on your body parts would have been much better in hindsight.
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
PETA video shows Ringling Bros. handlers beating elephants  —  The world-famous Ringling Bros. circus faces fresh accusations of animal abuse today after undercover videos show handlers beating elephants before they enter the ring.  —  The tape, made by a man who posed as a stagehand for six months …
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Blackburn: “We're Not Going To Cry ‘Emergency’ Every Time We Have A Katrina” … THE MEANING OF “EMERGENCY”  —  While extolling the virtues of a balanced budget during a PAYGO debate on the floor of the House, Rep. Marsha Blackburn shamefully exclaimed: … This statement is shocking on many levels.
Sarah Palin: Report She Violated Ethics Laws Is ‘Misguided’ And ‘Factually In Error’  —  Leaked Report Says Alaska Governor's Trust Fund Could Violate Ethics Act  —  Independent Counsel Sympathetic to Palin  —  Despite finding probable cause to investigate, Daniel said he was …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Republicans nominate Scozzafava in NY 23  —  Republican party leaders chose state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a leading moderate in the state legislature, as their nominee to succeed Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) in an upcoming special election.  —  The eleven Republican county chairmen within …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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Josh Goodman / Ballot Box:
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The New Republic:
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