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2:25 PM ET, July 25, 2009


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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.
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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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
Ezra Klein:
What's Going on in the House (or Is Health-Care Reform Becoming a Prisoner's Dilemma?)  —  News reports filtering out of the House suggest that talks between Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman and the seven Blue Dogs on his committee have broken down.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, TPMDC and D-Day
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.
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).
Christian Science Monitor:
Hillary Clinton's loose talk on Iran  —  Her idea of a US ‘defense umbrella’ against Iranian nukes may only trigger war.  —  By the Monitor's Editorial Board  —  Loose lips sink ships and, for America's top diplomats, they can also sink countries into war.
Discussion: Right Pundits and normblog
State Bank and Trust Company, Pinehurst, Georgia, Assumes All of the Deposits of the Six Bank Subsidiaries of Security Bank Corporation, Macon, Georgia  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Office Phone: (202) 898-6992 Cell Phone: (703) 622-4790  —  The six bank subsidiaries of Security Bank Corporation …
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Mail Volume Expected to Continue Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapting Services  —  Mail Volume Expected to Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapts by Pulling Collection Boxes  —  Dorothy and Andrew Yankanich moved into their $18,000 brick rambler in Wheaton in 1966 and soon began what would become …
Discussion: Below The Beltway and BuzzMachine
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bachmann Sees Health Care Debate In Political Terms: ‘We Can Take Heart’ Obama's ‘Dropping Like A Rock’  —  Yesterday, The Conservative Women's Network hosted Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) for a discussion on critical legislation before Congress.  ThinkProgress attended the event and recorded Bachmann's remarks.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
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Ellen / News Hounds:
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Discussion: Campaign Silo
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Has Global Warming Stopped?
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Wall ‘could stop desert spread’
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN President Brushes Off Criticism Of Lou Dobbs' Continued Floating …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Where It All Leaves Us  —  It's worth watching Obama's statement.
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