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1:25 AM ET, July 24, 2009


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Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Cop who arrested black scholar is profiling expert … CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The white police sergeant criticized by President Barack Obama for arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Massachusetts home is a police academy expert on racial profiling.
Exclusive: Obama Stands By Criticism of Cambridge Police  —  ABC EXCLUSIVE: Obama Says ‘Cooler Heads Should Have Prevailed’  —  President Obama today stood by his comments that the Cambridge, Mass., police department acted “stupidly” in its arrest of Henry Louis Gates …
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Bill Cosby ‘shocked’ at Obama's statement on Harvard prof's arrest  —  On a Boston radio program this morning, Bill Cosby suggested that President Obama spoke too soon on the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.  —  “I've heard about five different reports …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bias, Racism, Being a Jerk, and Abuse of Power  —  Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (wikimedia)  —  One of the biggest reasons why it's extremely difficult to have a real conversation about race in the United States is that every imputation of a racial dynamic immediately becomes a defensive spat …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP seizes on Obama cops remark
New York Times:
As Health Bill Is Delayed, White House Negotiates  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials negotiated furiously on Thursday to keep major health care legislation on track after the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said his chamber would not vote on a health measure until after Congress returned from its summer recess.
Exclusive: President Obama Pushes Forward on Health Care Pitch  —  Despite Setback, Obama Warns Against ‘Scare Tactics,’ Says ‘America Has to Win it Here’  —  President Obama continued to push forward on health care reform today, despite suffering a setback with news that a health care reform bill …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Public option “dead,” Scott predicts  —  Rick Scott, the former hospital exec who has been leading a conservative counterattack on health care reform is emailing supporters to predict that the Democrats' public option will die if no bill is passed before recess.  —  The blast [h/t Marty Kady]:
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Yup, Obama Opening Door on Exclusion
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Matthew Yglesias and D-Day
Ezra Klein:
Nancy Pelosi on Health-Care Reform
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep  —  A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn to Israel and Switzerland culminated in charges against 44 people on Thursday, including three New Jersey mayors …
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
Confidence in Obama Lifts U.S. Image Around the World  —  Most Muslim Publics Not So Easily Moved  —  Overview  —  View Slideshow (w/Andrew Kohut commentary)  —  The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world, reflecting global confidence in Barack Obama.
Daily Show Videos:
The Born Identity  —  Barack Obama is not only the United States' first black president — he's also the first not-American president.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Global Views of U.S. Helped by Obama, Survey Says
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Mark Murray /
Discussion: Salon
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The guy forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house... if I was trying to jigger into...”  —  I've already written about what Obama said about racism, Skip Gates, and the “stupidity” of the police.  You can find the context of the issue there, including the whole text of Obama's remarks.
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Stanley's First Wife Swore Out A Restraining Order In 1994  —  While Sen. Paul Stanley tries desperately to hang on to his current marriage amid reports of a TBI confirmed admission of an extramarital affair with an intern and subsequent blackmailing by her boyfriend, allow Post Politics to take you on a trip down memory lane.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty blasts Obama plan  —  On Fox just now, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty blasted away at Obama's health care plans.  —  “This whole health care proposal by president Obama is really quite a joke on a number of levels,” Pawlenty told Neil Cavuto.  “I think he is scamming the American people.
Discussion: Viking Pundit, The Page and GOP 12
Business Wire:
Nation's ENT Surgeons Respond to President Obama's Press Briefing Remarks on Tonsillectomy Procedures  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), which represents 12,000 ear, nose, and throat surgeons in the U.S. …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Los Angeles Times:
California budget deal could help Industry stadium group
Discussion: Calitics
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Fun With YouTube Insight: Who is Watching Obama?
William Nottingham / L.A. Now:
L.A. transportation officials approve letting solo drivers pay …
Booman Tribune:
Tired of the Stupid  —  The Village's desire, almost a demand really …
Discussion: D-Day
Seth Blomeley /
Domestic ‘enemies’ worry GOP hopeful
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This is not going to end well for CBS
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The Politico:
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