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Radley Balko / Reason:
The Henry Louis Gates “Teaching Moment”  —  The arrest of Harvard African-American Studies Professor Henry Louis Gates has certainly got everyone talking.  Unfortunately, everyone's talking about the wrong issue.  —  Responding to a 911 call from a woman who observed Gates prying open …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
A Straw In The Wind In Favor Of Gates
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Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
Palin's Farewell Address - Full Transcript
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Incoherent Truth  —  Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats — mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, created in 1995.  And you might be tempted to say that President Obama needs to give those Democrats what they want.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama Reform Sidesteps Health Costs
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The Politico:
GOP headache: The birther issue  —  When lawmakers return home for recess in August, they can expect to hear tough questions from constituents on the economy, health care and government spending.  —  But Republicans are preparing for something else: the birthers.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The hidden hand  —  The wave of publicity for the Birther movement hasn't yet crested, with the dentist who's the movement's leading legal light, Orly Taitz, saying she's taping the Colbert Report tomorrow, and popping up elsewhere in the mainstream media.  —  This isn't necessarily a bad thing …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi unpopular?  'I don't care'  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most despised political figures in the country.  —  And, frankly, she doesn't give a damn.  —  “No, I don't care,” Pelosi told POLITICO last Thursday, laughing heartily as she walked beneath the Capitol dome and plunged into a crowd of tourists.
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Washington Post:
Pelosi Vows Passage of Health-Care Overhaul  —  ‘It Will Win’: Confidence Grows as Democrats Plan to Resume Talks  —  Defying skeptics in her party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Sunday to overcome lingering obstacles and pass health-care reform in the House, restoring momentum …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
UPDATED: Because Politico is really just a GOP bulletin board
Discussion: Campaign Silo
The Politico:
GOP headache: The birther issue  —  So far, Hoekstra hasn't faced any such questions.  —  “When you're in a state with 15.2 percent unemployment,” he said, “most people have other things on their mind than this.”  —  But as if to illustrate the touchiness of the subject, Hoekstra quickly added: “Not that this isn't important.”
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mike Stark on Capitol Hill: Know Your Birthers  —  Mike Stark has been up on the Hill all week whipping Democrats to hold fast on the public plan, and in his spare time, he decided to ask Republicans if Barack Obama was born in the United States.  Not only do they not want to answer — they run.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Plum Line
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Mike Stark / The Huffington Post:   Elected Birthers on the Hill
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Amid New Scrutiny, John Yoo Rebuts Critics of Detainee Memos  —  Quietly but Forcefully, Author of Detainee Memos Rebuts Critics  —  Some public figures, if their judgment and ethics come under fire, retreat into solitude.  Then there is John C. Yoo.  —  The former Justice Department official …
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Michelle Malkin:
What the NYT's 8,100-word Valerie Jarrett profile didn't tell you  —  Here is a perfect example of why I wrote Culture of Corruption (officially out today — I'll be launching on Hannity radio and TV.)  —  Over the weekend, the New York Times published a massive, 8,100-word profile …
Joanna Weiss / Boston Globe:
It's Shepard Smith time  —  With his ratings soaring, the Fox News anchor enjoys his moment - and becomes a lightning rod  —  NEW YORK - Commercial break.  The cameras have stopped rolling on the set of “Studio B,” the 3 p.m. newscast on the Fox News Channel.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The War We'd Like to Forget  —  It was the kind of symbolic moment that George W. Bush must have yearned for during the Iraq war's darkest days.  Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the prime minister of a sovereign (sort of), stable (up to a point) and democratic (within limits) Republic of Iraq came …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Conyers Sees No Point in Members Reading 1,000-Page Health Care Bill—Unless They Have 2 Lawyers to Interpret It for Them  —  (CNSNews.com) - During his speech at a National Press Club luncheon, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democratic Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) …
The Daily Beast:
Finally, Action on Gay Soldiers  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast has learned that the Senate, prompted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, will hold hearings on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”—a first since 1993, despite Obama's campaign promises.  —  After determining she didn't have enough votes …
Hannah Devlin / Times of London:
Climate study puts Incas' success down to 400 years of warm weather  —  Supreme military organisation and a flair for agricultural invention are traditionally credited for the rise of the Incas.  However, their success may have owed more to a spell of good weather — a spell that lasted for more than 400 years.
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Tenacious G  —  Inside Goldman Sachs, America's most successful, cynical, envied, despised, and (in its view, anyway) misunderstood engine of capitalism.  —  Illustrations by Darrow (Goldman Sachs figure), Gluekit (small figures).  —  Thirty floors up in the black-tinted box …
Brad / Think Progress:
Obama administration reveals evidence of global warming kept secret under Bush.  —  The Obama administration has “released more than a thousand intelligence images of Arctic ice,” following a declassification request by the National Academy of Sciences.  These high-resolution spy photos …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘Impeach Obama’ bumper stickers spark a shopping mall protest  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While protesters rallied in his support, the owner of a Concord Mills kiosk that sells conservative merchandise said he met with the mall's manager Sunday to see what arrangements can be made for him to remain after his lease expires Friday.
Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Opposing view: A confirmation conversion  —  Nominee lacks deep convictions needed to resist judicial activism.  —  Elections have consequences: President Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, will likely be confirmed.  —  But supporters of liberal judicial philosophy might find it a Pyrrhic victory.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Seek to Curb Drug Commercials  —  In the 1980s, Nancy Reagan told Americans to “Just Say No” to recreational drugs.  —  Now a handful of legislators are just saying no to TV commercials for prescription drugs.  The politicians are taking aim at the 60-second spots …
 
 
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