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12:30 PM ET, July 23, 2009


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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 …
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Obama Attacks Docs and Cops  —  President Obama spent most of his press conference tonight denying what President Kennedy famously affirmed — that to govern is to choose.  Obama promised us health care this is at once better and cheaper, with both more regulation and more freedom to choose …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Obama Goes Off-Topic, Clearly  —  When a politician says “Let me be clear,” what follows is often anything but.  It's a tradition in obfuscation that probably got a big boost from Richard Nixon's “Let me make this perfectly clear,” one of that president's signature phrases.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama's Press Conference
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Treatment
North Korea launches attack on Clinton  —  BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — North Korea launched a scathing personal attack on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday after she likened the leadership in Pyongyang to “small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention.”
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” …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Discusses Relationship With Obama
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Clinton Trades Gibes With North Korea
Joe Ryan / New Jersey Online:
N.J. officials, N.Y. rabbis caught in federal money laundering, corruption sweep  —  NEWARK — A New Jersey assemblyman and the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus were among public officials arrested this morning by FBI agents in an international money laundering and corruption probe that includes rabbis …
Inside Bush and Cheney's Tense 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 …
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: Hot Air, and Moe Lane
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
More delays in House on healthcare reform  —  The House Energy and Commerce Committee canceled its healthcare markup session again Thursday, further dimming hopes that the House can complete its work before the August recess is scheduled to begin.  —  The committee began its drafting sessions on Friday and Monday.
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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor  —  The election of our first black president has brought with it a strange proliferation of online racism among conservatives.  —  And we've got the latest example.  —  On Sunday night, Dr. David McKalip forwarded …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Businesses Far From Unified Against Health-Care Reform  —  Even as the national business lobby ramps up its opposition to health-care reform, there are signs that employers around the country are divided on the issue, reducing the force of an opposition push.
Rasmussen Reports:
Mother Knows Best
Discussion: Moe Lane
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