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1:15 PM ET, July 22, 2009


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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 another policy straight out of the administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor, George W. Bush.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conrad: A thorn in Obama's side
Discussion: Campaign Silo
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's top 5 PR tricks
Domenico Montanaro /
Discussion: D-Day, Taegan Goddard's … and Juice
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Liz Cheney defends the Birthers  —  (Updated below)  —  You'll have to see it to believe it, and the video isn't up yet (Update: Now it is, and it's at the bottom of this post).  But Tuesday night on CNN's “Larry King Live,” rising GOP shill/star Liz Cheney refused to denounce the “Birthers” …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Liz Cheney: No question on citizenship
Discussion: TPMDC and Below The Beltway
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  —  CNN tells us about the latest GOP youth initiative, white dudes whining about taxes over Lady Gaga's beats: … What's interesting about this particular youth outreach angle is how detached it is from any actual opinions held by young people.  From David Madland and Ruy Teixeira:
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, Ezra Klein and Reason
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 …
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.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Cold Fury
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.
Fox News:
'We've Got to Slow Him Down'  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” July 21, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Senator Jim DeMint is in a battle with President Obama.  Speaking about health care …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and GOP 12
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.
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Health Insurance Lobby Cherry-Picks Data in Fight Against Public Plan  —  The industry that helped scuttle health reform 15 years ago with its “Harry and Louise” ads is back, voicing support for a central element of the Obama administration's plans: making sure everyone is covered.
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 …
About One in Six U.S. Adults Are Without Health Insurance  —  Highest uninsured rates among Hispanics, the young, and those with low incomes  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As congressional lawmakers debate healthcare reform legislation, partly aimed at expanding coverage to the uninsured …
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Arrogance  —  It's crazy for a group of mere mortals to try to design 15 percent of the U.S. economy.  It's even crazier to do it by August.  —  Yet that is what some members of Congress presume to do.  They intend, as the New York Times puts it, “to reinvent the nation's health care system”.
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 …
Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics  —  Listen Now  —  Some of the greatest minds in national security have turned their attention to a classic problem: When there is one dominant power, the rest of the world tries to challenge it.  That's what happened to Britain in the 19th century and to the United States today.
Discussion: and ATTACKERMAN
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Abortion roils tense health debate  —  TAGS: - Health Care, - Health Care Reform, - Anti-Abortion Groups, - Christian Conservatives, - James Dobson, - Family Research Council, - Southern Baptist Convention, - Richard Land, - Focus On The Family, - Tony Perkins
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Voinovich admits some GOP opposition to health bill driven by politics
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Raleigh News & Observer:
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
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