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1:10 AM ET, July 26, 2009


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Chris Frates / The Politico:
CBO deals new blow to health plan  —  For the second time this month, congressional budget analysts have dealt a blow to the Democrat's health reform efforts, this time by saying a plan touted by the White House as crucial to paying for the bill would actually save almost no money over 10 years.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Thank God The CBO Works On Saturdays  —  The Congressional Budget Office once again has poked a massive hole in the Democratic health care “reform” bubble, in a report issued today.  —  One of the key elements of the Democratic proposals is to hand over the power to make cost cuts to an unelected …
Discussion: RedState
The White House:
CBO and IMAC  —  This morning, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyzed proposals to shift more decision-making out of politics and toward a body like the Independent Medicare Advisory Council (IMAC) put forward by the Administration.  CBO noted that this type of approach could lead …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Baucus in health driver's seat, destination unknown  —  Liberals malign him, the White House and his Senate leaders prod him and House Democrats blame him for their troubles.  But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) just keeps on keeping on.  —  President Obama wanted him to be done by now.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
House to consider resolution demanding Obama apologize to Crowley  —  Congress would demand that President Obama apologize to the officer the president said had “acted stupidly” in the arrest of a prominent Harvard professor under a resolution set to be introduced by one Michigan lawmaker.
David Lawder / Reuters:
Black scholar agrees to beer with Obama, policeman  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent black Harvard University scholar has accepted an invitation to have a beer with President Barack Obama and the white police officer who arrested him in a racially charged case.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
It's Miller time for parties in racially charged incident
Dan / Riehl World View:
A Gatesgate At Henry Gates' “Bogus” Charity?
CBS News:
Palin: “Bigger” Than Obama, or Quitter?  —  GOP Operatives in Heated Exchange, on “The Early Show Saturday Edition”  —  (CBS) Is Sarah Palin still a star, or a fading quitter?  What does the future hold for her?  —  If a three-way discussion among Republican pundits on …
Nycoordinator / Gathering of Eagles: NY:
Acorn Meets Their Waterloo in Commack!  They are NOT Happy Campers!  —  Another Outstanding Day for Tea Party Patriots!  —  ACORN and their new front group Act Now were pwned by Tea Party Patriots again on Long Island!  —  When they couldn't win their arguments with facts …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Planet Gore:
Sasquatchian  —  Is the only word to describe the carbon footprint of the Thomas Friedman estate:
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
A Class of Generals  —  The cadets of 1976 graduated from West Point at a low moment for the Army and its storied training ground.  But that year produced the generals running the nation's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their key deputies.  What happened?  —  Printer  —  Friendly
Discussion: OxBlog and The Caucus
Matthew / FishBowlDC:
Man Bites Dog: U.S. Navy Commander Files Sex Complaint Against Female Miami Herald Journo  —  FishbowlDC Exclusive: US Navy Commander Jeffrey D. Gordon has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg.  —  FishbowlDC obtained a copy of the July 22 …
Colombia ‘bombs Farc jungle camp’  —  Colombian forces have bombed a rebel camp in the jungle, killing at least 16 suspected guerrillas, officials say.  —  The aerial bombing, south of the capital Bogota, was part of a hunt for the military chief of the Farc rebels, Jorge Briceno - known as “Mono Jojoy”.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
An Early-Warning System, Run by the Fed  —  THE Federal Reserve has long been the odd man out in the American system of government — powerful, yet designed to be nonpolitical and neither checked nor balanced.  Now two contradictory crosscurrents are swirling in Washington …
Discussion: Economist's View
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Gatesgate  —  I have been reluctant to really delve into the Gates story because well ... it just seems so obvious.  And it's clear that it's just taking the wingnut bait.  But since I write often about police abuse of power, particularly with tasers, some readers seem to be interested …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Know-Nothing-in-Chief  —  There's no evidence Obama has even a sketchy grasp of economics.  —  Is President Obama an economic illiterate?  Harsh as that sounds, there's growing evidence he understands little about economics and even less about economic growth or job creation.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   FRED BARNES DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The Ghosts of Clintoncare  —  Barack Obama's strategy …
Discussion: Economist's View
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Barofsky fires back at Treasury, says $24,000,000,000,000 estimate sound
Discussion: RedState and The Other McCain
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
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