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10:30 AM ET, July 23, 2009


 Top Items: 
Obama's Comments on Gates Arrest Stir Reaction  —  The Cop Who Arrested The Harvard Professor Says He Will Not Apologize  —  President Obama's comments about the arrest of prominent Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates has added fuel to the story that has dominated national headlines …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Moe Lane
Boston Herald:
Officer in Henry Gates flap tried to save Reggie Lewis  —  Denies he's a racist, won't apologize  —  The Cambridge cop prominent Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. claims is a racist gave a dying Reggie Lewis mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a desperate bid to save the Celtics …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
At big moment, Obama goes small  —  President Barack Obama came alive about 50 minutes into Wednesday night's news conference — when somebody finally changed the subject.  —  The president's remarks on his chosen subject, health care, were cautious and choreographed, hemmed in on one side …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Criticizes Arrest of Harvard Professor  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama bluntly accused the police of acting “stupidly” in arresting the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. last week after an officer had established that Mr. Gates had not broken into his own home in Cambridge, Mass.
Joseph Williams / Boston Globe:
Obama scolds Cambridge police
Boston Globe:
Officer in Gates case says he won't apologize
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Emptywheel
New York Times:
Obama's Fifth News Conference  —  Following is a transcript of President Obama's fifth news conference, the fourth given in prime-time, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening.  Please be seated.  —  Before I take your questions, I want to talk for a few minutes …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Obama's Overreach  —  Obama Presser: Instant[ reaction] rant: … He's still in the thrall of Orszagism!  Here we're dramatically changing insurance (no more “preexisting conditions") and insuring the uninsured and creating a health care exchange and promoting a public option …
Discussion: QandO, Betsy's Page and Wizbang
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama's Press Conference
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Treatment
The Hill:
Pelosi: I have the votes to pass health bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday there is “no question” that she has the votes to pass healthcare reform legislation even as key Democrats retreated from their predictions of progress.  —  But Democratic opponents of the bill …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Durbin: No pre-recess vote on healthcare
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
N. Korea Escalates War of Words, Calls Clinton Vulgar, Unintelligent  —  The war of words between North Korea and the United States escalated Thursday, with North Korea's Foreign Ministry lashing out at Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in unusually personal terms for “vulgar remarks” …
North Korea launches attack on Clinton
Agence France Presse:
Biden says Guantanamo will close by January  —  LONDON — The Guantanamo Bay detention camp will close by next January, Vice-President Joe Biden said Thursday, adding that decisions on all inmates were likely “well before January.”  —  In an interview with the BBC, he insisted Washington …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Afghan war is ‘worth the effort’
Discussion: New York Times and On Deadline
Quinnipiac University:
Dodd In Slump In Connecticut Reelection Bid, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; Obama Approval Down 8 Points  —  Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a likely Republican challenger 48 - 39 percent in the 2010 Senate race, but he is inching …
Bush and Cheney's Final Days  —  Hours before they were to leave office after eight troubled years, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney had one final and painful piece of business to conclude.  For over a month Cheney had been pleading, cajoling, even pestering Bush to pardon …
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
On Wall Street, Compensation Is Rocketing Back to Pre-Crisis Levels  —  Lawmakers Warn Against Return to Pre-Crisis Levels  —  Wall Street's biggest banks are setting aside billions of dollars more to pay their executives and other employees just months after these firms were rescued …
Mary Louise Kelly / NPR:
Bin Laden Son Reported Killed In Pakistan  —  · U.S. officials believe Saad bin Laden — a son of Osama bin Laden — has been killed by an American missile in Pakistan.  —  Saad bin Laden reportedly spent years under house arrest in Iran before traveling last year to Pakistan …
Rasmussen Reports:
Mother Knows Best  —  A Commentary By Susan Estrich  —  The president is “not familiar” with the bill.  No one can explain how it will work yet, as Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told a contentious town meeting.  There are various plans, and negotiations are still in the early stages.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Democrats Block GOP Health Care Mailing  —  Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority's health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate.  —  House Republicans are crying foul …
Discussion: and Moe Lane
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.
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 …
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Jeff Bennett / Wall Street Journal:
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Cold Shoulder to Climate ‘Urgency’
Wall Street Journal:
Job Cuts Outpace GDP Fall
Discussion: The Big Picture
Joel Kotkin / AMERICAN.COM:
The Blue-State Meltdown and the Collapse of the Chicago Model
Discussion: Pajamas Media and alicublog
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Ensign's chief of staff leaving
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Bruce A. Dixon / Black Agenda Report:
Is the Obama Health Care Plan Really Better Than Nothing?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Confluence
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Evans / Real Time Economics:
Would You Stand on Short Flights if It Meant Cheaper Fares?
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging ObamaCare  —  Stephen Green listens carefully …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Will Obama's health care plan mirror Clinton's '94 failure?
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
PETA video shows Ringling Bros. handlers beating elephants
New York Times:
L.I. Man Helped Qaeda, Then Informed
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and MoJo Blog Posts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dude, Where's My Sperm?