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1:30 PM ET, July 24, 2009


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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.
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.
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama regrets ‘distraction’ of comment ‘obsession’  —  President Obama regrets the distraction that his comments about a police incident in Cambridge, Mass., caused, according to a White House spokesman.  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that if the president knew …
Discussion: D-Day and Riehl World View
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 …
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
Discussion: Media Blog
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
McCain Campaign Investigated, Dismissed Obama Citizenship Rumors  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during his presidential campaign (WDCpix)  —  In the final months of the 2008 presidential race, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign learned of a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania that asked the state …
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
No, Obama's grandmother didn't say he was born in Kenya  —  Among those on television who've been covering the sudden public resurgence of the Birther movement — but in a much more responsible way than Lou Dobbs — is MSNBC's Chris Matthews.  The other day, he beat up pretty badly on Rep. John Campbell …
The Hill:
Waxman may let health bill skip committee  —  Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) says there is “no alternative” but to have healthcare legislation bypass his Energy and Commerce Committee if Blue Dog Democrats don't accept a deal worked out Friday.  —  Waxman is hoping the inclusion of a study …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Angry Bear
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.
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: Don Surber and Michelle Malkin
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 …
Connie Hair / Human Events:
GOP Not Allowed to Say ‘Government-Run Healthcare’  —  Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the secretary of the House Republican Conference and a former District Court Judge, is having his messages to constituents censored by Democrats on the Franking Commission.  Republicans are no longer allowed …
Discussion: and Right Wing News
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Complains About the News Cycle but Dominates 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare  —  It turns out the president misjudged the nation's mood.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  This is big, what's happening.  President Obama appears to have misstepped on a major initiative and defining issue.  He has misjudged the nation's mood …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Graham takes on conservatives  —  When Sen. Lindsey Graham announced his support for Sonia Sotomayor this week, right-wing radio talk show host Mark Levin said it was a sign that Graham is “unreliable ... as a thinker and a leader.”  —  Wendy Long, counsel for the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: A One-Month Sprint on Health Care  —  Photo by Lionel Cironneau of the Associated Press  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to postpone a final vote on President Obama's health care proposal until September sets up a one-month campaign sprint between supporters …
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.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Hope Builds for the Economy, and Stock Market Surges
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
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John Lichfield / The Independent:
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