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8:20 PM ET, July 22, 2009


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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.
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 …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, healthcare: 'This isn't about me'  —  President Barack …
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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?
Discussion: Hot Air
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Pelosi: We Have the Votes to Pass Health Care
Discussion: Politics Nation
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Two key House Dems dispute Pelosi's health care assessment
Discussion: Political Punch and Open Congress
'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 …
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
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Republican Hatch Leaves Bipartisan Health-Care Talks
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
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
John Thune vs. Central Park UPDATE
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
New York Times:
L.I. Man Pleaded Guilty in Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan  —  A 26-year-old American-born Long Island man who traveled to Pakistan and trained in a Qaeda camp there last year pleaded guilty in January to trying to kill United States soldiers in a rocket attack against a military base in Afghanistan …
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.
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:
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.
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 …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
John S. Barry, Main Force Behind WD-40, Dies at 84  —  John S. Barry, an executive who masterminded the spread of WD-40, the petroleum-based lubricant and protectant created for the space program, into millions of American households, died on July 3 in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego.
Discussion: Blog and Althouse
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.
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” …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Moe Lane
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The remarkable vote to kill the plane and what it means for America's military future.  —  This is a big deal: The Senate today voted to halt production of the F-22 stealth fighter plane, and it did so 58-40, a margin much wider than expected.  —  Not only is this a major victory for Secretary …
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
HENRY LOUIS “SKIP” GATES ARRESTED OUTSIDE HIS HOME.  —  Yesterday, Harvard professor and executive editor of The Root Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested outside his home after a neighbor called the police upon observing “two black males with backpacks” breaking in the front door.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and ACS Blog
Robert Draper / New York Times:
The Ultimate Obama Insider  —  On Jan. 25, 2008, the day before the South Carolina Democratic primary, Barack Obama endured a grueling succession of campaign events across the state.  When his staff informed him that the evening would conclude with a brief show-up at the Pink Ice Ball …
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: TPMDC
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Michelle Malkin:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Muscular  —  As the Clinton rollout continues, she will appear …
Discussion: The Page
Matt Welch / Reason:
The Transitive Property of Marginalization, and the Unconscious …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Inside The Health Care Bill
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Beth Teitell / Boston Globe:
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