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12:10 PM ET, July 24, 2009


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a Phantom Negro / Salon:
Skip Gates, please sit down  —  You are suffering from what I call the “Ivy League Effect” … Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008.  —  The Ivy League is not real life.  College in general is not real life, and the Ivy League is a more fantastic version of college.
Boston Herald:
911, police tapes key in Gates case  —  Officials mull release of recorded evidence  —  Mounting pressure to get to the bottom of the controversial arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is centering on recorded police tapes that may offer a dose of reality amid all the media and political noise.
Discussion: Wizbang and The Plum Line
Gates Arrest  —  Case Heats Up As Police Organizations Criticize Obama For Jumping into the Controversy  —  The police sergeant who arrested Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. last week in his own home may be considering a defamation lawsuit against Gates who has implied his arrest was racially motivated.
Don Surber:
The Gates Rohrsach  —  The Boston Herald: “911, police tapes key in Gates case: Officials mull release of recorded evidence.”  —  The Boston Globe: “Accomplished, but not insulated: Some successful blacks find Gates's case all too familiar.”  —  All I know about Sunday's arrest …
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Cop who arrested black scholar is profiling expert
Washington Post:
Palin's Favorability Rating Drops as She Prepares to Leave Office, Poll Finds  —  As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin prepares for the next stage of her political career, a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable view of her, and there is broad public doubt about her leadership skills and understanding …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Has Senate Building Become Funeral Home for Health-Care Legislation?  —  Is this where health-care reform goes to die?  —  A thunderstorm rumbled over the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday afternoon.  Rain leaked in and dripped in the atrium to the ground floor.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Health Expert Gets Political  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health-care plan is in jeopardy because of serious concerns that costs will spin out of control.  As much as anyone, it's White House budget director Peter Orszag's job to save it.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare haunted by unkept promises of stimulus  —  If Barack Obama fails to enact national health care, it will be because he sowed the seeds of his own demise last Feb. 17 — the day the president, surrounded by Democratic leaders, signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill.
Discussion: Media Blog
Unfair Park:
How a Local Rally For Obama's Health Care Proposal Turned Into a Rally Against It  —  Local members had penciled in on today's schedule a protest in front of Senator John Cornyn's Spring Valley Road office, during which they had hoped to pressure the senator to support President Barack Obama's public health care legislation.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Don Surber
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Costs and Compassion  —  The talking heads on cable TV panned President Obama's Wednesday press conference.  You see, he didn't offer a lot of folksy anecdotes.  —  Shame on them.  The health care system is in crisis.  The fate of America's middle class hangs in the balance.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Senate  —  California Senate: Boxer 45%, Fiorina 41%  —  Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in an early look at California's 2010 race for the U.S. Senate.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Complains About the News Cycle but Manipulates It, Worrying Some  —  WASHINGTON — It has become his common lament.  Challenged about difficulties with his economic or legislative programs, President Obama complains about the tyranny of “the news cycle,” pronouncing the words with an air …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Traders Profit With Computers Set at High Speed  —  It is the hot new thing on Wall Street, a way for a handful of traders to master the stock market, peek at investors' orders and, critics say, even subtly manipulate share prices.  —  It is called high-frequency trading …
Discussion: Achenblog, TPMCafe and MoJo Blog Posts
No Sheeples Here:
Never Interrupt This President While He's Making A Mistake  —  In the beginning there was HillaryCare.  Back in 1993, according to an internal White House staff memo, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton's staff saw federal coverage of children as a forerunner to universal health coverage.
Scott Johnson / Media Matters for America:
Unlike Dobbs, some conservative media think birthers are “nutburgers”  —  SUMMARY: In contrast to Lou Dobbs, who recently promoted conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate, numerous conservative media figures have dismissed and ridiculed the so-called “birther” claims.
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Avi Selk / Associated Press:
Minimum wage raise a drop in the bucket for some Dallas-area workers
Discussion: Kansas City Star and D-Day
Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Why Obama Isn't Governing From The Center
Discussion: RedState
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems mull skipping panel, bringing healthcare to floor
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner says GOP health alternative is coming
Discussion: Think Progress and Roll Call
Fox News:
Obama: ‘Victory’ Not Necessarily Goal in Afghanistan
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The guy forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house …
Discussion: The Confluence and
Business Wire:
Nation's ENT Surgeons Respond to President Obama's Press Briefing …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Hot Air