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12:00 PM ET, July 25, 2009


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Tsamuel /
Gates Says ‘Yes’ To Beer With Crowley  —  In a statement to The Root, the Harvard professor says he would meet with the cop who arrested him, as President Obama has suggested.  —  TheRootStaff  —  President Obama tried to calm the racial furor surrounding the arrest of black Harvard scholar …
Dan / Riehl World View:
A Gatesgate At Henry Gates' “Bogus” Charity?  —  Henry Louis Gates, Jr controls a tax-exempt, non-profit charity, Inkwell Foundation, Inc, that managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct support in one year, yet only gave out $27,500 in grants, the bulk of which went to Gates' employees and Harvard colleagues.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
‘Sorry’ Seems To Be The Hardest Word  —  Having trouble saying the magic words, “I'm sorry”?  Put the Sorry Times to work for you!  —  President Acting Stupidly can't quite bring himself to apologize to Sgt. Crowley and the Cambridge Police for saying they “acted stupidly” …
New York Times:
Obama Shifts Tone on Gates After Mulling Debate  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama tried Friday to defuse a volatile national debate over the arrest of a black Harvard University professor as he acknowledged that his own comments had inflamed tensions and insisted he had not meant to malign the arresting officer.
The Corner:
L'Affaire Gates  —  After spending untold millions of dollars …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: Obama has a ‘chip on his shoulder’ because he's ‘black.’
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Times:
Bush Weighed Using Military in Arrests  —  WASHINGTON — Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials.
Glenn Greenwal / Salon:
The Cheney plan to deploy the U.S. military on U.S. soil  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  This new report today from The New York Times' Mark Mazzetti and David Johnston reveals an entirely unsurprising though still important event: in 2002, Dick Cheney and David Addington urged …
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.... Conceit is nearly always unseemly, but it takes a smug fool with misplaced arrogance to be truly offensive.  —  The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes devotes his latest column to bashing President Obama's economic policies.  That, in and of itself, is unremarkable.
The Hill:
House healthcare talks break down in anger  —  House healthcare negotiations dissolved in acrimony on Friday, with Blue Dog Democrats saying they were “lied” to by their Democratic leaders.  —  The seven Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting …
US Waxman will let panel be bypassed on health care
Discussion: Hot Air
Juana Summers / The Blotter:
Police investigating brick thrown into East Austin home  —  Police are investigating a brick with an offensive message thrown into the window of an East Austin home.  —  The brick, thrown through a 4-year-old boy's bedroom window, read “Keep Eastside Black.  Keep Eastside Strong.”
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Rep. Virginia Foxx: 'There Are No Americans Who Don't Have Health Care'  —  Earlier today, several female Republican House members held a press conference today to attack President Obama's push for health insurance reform.  “The Democrat way is not reforming healthcare, it's destroying it,” announced Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
Chris / TVNewser:
Katie Couric Swipes the NYTimes' Alessandra Stanley  —  Wow.  This is good.  In her ‘Notebook’ on, Katie Couric takes down New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley, and she does it in the cruelest of ways: without mentioning her by name.  —  Last Friday night, Stanley wrote this piece on the death of Walter Cronkite.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Cornyn: We Need F-22 To Protect Us From...India?  —  Check out this new Web video from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), in which he he says we need to keep the F-22 fighter plane in order to deal with emerging international threats — including India, which is an ally of the United States:
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN President Brushes Off Criticism Of Lou Dobbs' Continued Floating Of “Birther” Theories  —  CNN/US president Jonathan Klein is rebuffing the mounting criticism of the network over Lou Dobbs' continued airing of “birther” theories, saying that Lou runs “his own show” that merely hosts …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Frenzy begins  —  Following up on dday's post below, can I just ask if those of you who are older than 35 or so are getting that strange familiar feeling?  You know the one, where the media are suddenly hostile to the president, the Democrats are running for the hills and the country is confused and doesn't know what to think?
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Has Global Warming Stopped?  —  Ezra Klein, Kevin Drum, and Ryan Avent all have posts up that attack George Will's statement that “If you're 29, there has been no global warming for your entire adult life.”  Kevin Drum describes this as “idiotic,” Ryan as “moronic,” and Ezra responds, of course, with a chart.
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