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9:55 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.”
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
Washington Post:
Obama Talks Health Care  —  In a telephone interview with editorial page editor Fred Hiatt Wednesday afternoon, President Obama said he will not accept a health-care reform bill, even one that is deficit-neutral, if it does not also begin to reduce the cost of care.
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and Taylor Marsh
Weekly Standard:
54 House Democrats and All Republicans Against Obamacare?
Discussion: Hot Air
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Pelosi: We Have the Votes to Pass Health Care
Discussion: Politics Nation
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.
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Health Care Fight, Defining Moment Nears for President  —  WASHINGTON — Six months into his administration, President Obama is at a pivotal moment.  He has pushed through a $787 billion economic stimulus package, bailed out Wall Street and, on Tuesday, managed to beat the defense industry in the Senate …
Ed Hornick / CNN:   Will Obama's health care plan mirror Clinton's '94 failure?
Matt Welch / Reason:
The Transitive Property of Marginalization, and the Unconscious …
Discussion: Democracy in America
'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?
National Journal Online:
Dems Start To Push Back Hard To Prevent A ‘Waterloo’  —  A telling episode recounted by Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley reveals the Obama administration might be more worried than they are letting on that a Republican senator's comparison of the healthcare overhaul to Waterloo might be dangerously close to the truth.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
DeMint refuses to take back ‘Waterloo’ statement
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 …
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:
Reece Rushing / Center for American Progress:   Reproductive Roulette
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Preview of tonight's prime-time presser  —  Tonight's prime-time press conference intends to give Barack Obama a chance to communicate directly to the American people about his flailing health-care reform efforts, which have stalled in Congress along with his cap-and-trade bill.
New York Times:
L.I. Man Pleaded Guilty to Attack in Afghanistan  —  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.
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 Note and The Page
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
GOP's new youth ambassador: Lady Gaga?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Politics may make for strange bedfellows — but even for this town, this may be the oddest couple to ever make beautiful music together: House Republicans...and pop diva Lady Gaga.  —  At Tuesday morning's weekly GOP conference meeting …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Lady Gaga Strategy
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.
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.
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” …
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 …
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 …
Bob Franken / Politics Daily:
Sarah Palin 2013: A Look Ahead  —  It is noon, Jan. 20, 2013.  Sarah Palin raises her right hand to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.  —  Palin had won a decisive victory over the incumbent, Barack Obama.  The country was still trapped in economic rubble …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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
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 …
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Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging ObamaCare  —  Stephen Green listens carefully …
Discussion: Right Wing News
James Rosen / Fox News:
Clinton: U.S. Will Extend ‘Defense Umbrella’ …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Republicans nominate Scozzafava in NY 23
Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: DOJ still obstructing justice in Black Panther case
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Muscular  —  As the Clinton rollout continues, she will appear …
Discussion: The Page
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
GOP Sen. Graham to support Sotomayor
Discussion: The Nation, Feministing and Salon
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Greg Hengler /
Congresswoman On Obamacare: Democrats Are Telling Sr. Citizens To ‘Drop Dead’!
Discussion: Hot Air
The New Republic:
Atheism, Religion, and Fundamentalism
Discussion: Democracy in America
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
John S. Barry, Main Force Behind WD-40, Dies at 84
Discussion: Blog and Althouse