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6:10 PM ET, July 23, 2009


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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama on Gates arrest: No regrets
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP seizes on Obama cops remark
Mark Preston / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: GOP questions Obama's police criticism
The New Republic:
Race, Power, and the Law
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
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]:
New York Times:
Senate Won't Vote on Health Reform Before Recess
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   HELP + Finance = Harry Reid's Recess
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 …
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 Porter / Associated Press:
NJ official steps down amid corruption arrests
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 …
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.
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 …
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”
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, Moe Lane and Bookworm Room
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
This is not going to end well for CBS  —  Just a note about Dan Rather's lawsuit over his firing from CBS in connection with the so-called Memogate story and how it continues to haunt the network.  As the New York Times reported, Rather and his lawyers just won a key victory and were given permission …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Foundry and American Power
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