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3:35 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 …
Backlash: Obama's Comments on Gates' Arrest Stirs Reaction  —  White House Says President Was Not Calling The Police Officer Who Arrested Gates Stupid  —  The Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the officer's union …
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.
Boston Weather, Breaking News and Sports from WBZ-TV:
Gates Arresting Officer: Obama ‘Way Off Base’  —  BOSTON (WBZ) ― The white police sergeant who arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Thursday President Barack Obama was “way off base” claiming Cambridge officers acted “stupidly” during the incident.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Obama Destroyed His Post-Racial Theme
Discussion: Reason and Right Wing News
The New Republic:   Race, Power, and the Law
P.J. Gladnick /
Boston Globe Scrubs Henry Louis Gates Arrest Report From Website
Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probe  —  (CNN) — About 30 people, including some New Jersey mayors and several rabbis, were arrested Thursday in a federal investigation of public corruption, the U.S. attorney's office in Newark, New Jersey, said.  —  The probe also involves a …
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
2 N.J. Mayors Arrested in Broad Inquiry on Corruption
Inside 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 …
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.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid: No Vote on Health-Care Reform Before Aug. Recess
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkette
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
N. Korea Escalates War of Words, Calls Clinton Vulgar, Unintelligent
The Politico:
Dems raise concerns about Boxer  —  A big chunk of the House climate change bill is in the hands of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer — and some of its supporters are worried that she's not up to the task.  —  In private conversations …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Politico's Anonymous Sources Slam Barbara Boxer's “Abrasive Personal Style”
Harold Meyerson / Los Angeles Times:
GOP: Going Over the Precipice  —  Because of a quirk in California's Constitution, the minority Republicans have managed to push through a budget that makes the state sicker and dumber.  Where is the Democrats' white knight?  —  The most basic principle of any democracy is that of majority rule …
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
New York Times:
Experts Dispute Some Points in Health Talk  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama showed great fluency in the intricate details of health policy at his news conference on Wednesday night, but experts said some of his points were debatable.  —  Mr. Obama said doctors, nurses, hospitals …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
This is not going to end well for CBS
Discussion: The Impolitic
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Iraqi Prime Minister Open to Renegotiating Withdrawal Timeline
Discussion: Weekly Standard and ATTACKERMAN
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
McCaskill Makes Gay Marriage Gaffe
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP seizes on Obama cops remark
The Politico:
Blue Dogs fill campaign-cash bowls
Discussion: Think Progress and On Politics
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Graeme Wood / The Atlantic Online:
Re-Engineering the Earth
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