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12:35 AM ET, July 28, 2009

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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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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.
Wen Stephenson / WBUR and NPR:
The Fury of the ‘Birthers’  —  A detail of President Barack Obama's birth certificate, from The Annenberg Political Fact Check (FactCheck.org), a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  —  Post your comments below  —  President Barack Obama turns 48 next week.
Shaggles / Media Matters for America:
How Lou Dobbs scared Rush Limbaugh off the birther story  —  I can think of three (inadvertent) positives that came out of Lou Dobbs' ill-advised embrace of the birther movement:  —  1) The CNN host has permanently tarnished his reputation  —  2) The birther movement is officially kaput (like, stick-a-fork-in-it done)
Mike Stark / The Huffington Post:
Elected Birthers on the Hill  —  Thanks to FireDogLake and Campaign Silo for giving me the opportunity to do this work!  —  Check out this video: several Republican Congressman tell me they don't believe Barack Obama is an American.  Several dodge the question.
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
It's OK, I'm Over You  —  The Politico informs us that the birthers …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Inhofe: Oil And Gas Usage Doesn't Create Any Pollution
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Dem Putting GOPers On The Spot By Introducing Measure Describing Hawaii As Obama's Birthplace  —  Okay, this is getting really good.  Dem Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii is going to introduce a resolution on the House floor today that seems designed to put House GOPers who are flirting with birtherism in a jam.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Gates Revises Tax Return Based On Blog Post  —  I think it fair to say the first and perhaps only place this was reported was in my blog post of Saturday.  I dug the recipient's links to Gates out via Google after seeing their names on Joe's documentation that made me aware …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Boston Globe:
Officer said Gates was uncooperative  —  A Cambridge police officer handed out CDs of the recordings at today's news conference.  —  By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff  —  Sergeant James Crowley, the Cambridge police officer who ignited a national debate on racial profiling …
Robin Wells / The Huffington Post:   Hard Truths and the Teachable Moment: The Gates-Crowley Saga
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Voinovich slams DeMint and Coburn for GOP downfall; blames ‘the southerners’  —  Too many conservative senators like Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are to blame for the GOP's downfall, one of their retiring Republican colleagues complained Monday.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sen. DeMint of S.C. Is Voice of Opposition to Health-Care Reform
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Darrel Rowland / The Daily Briefing:
Look out, gov - the ex-gov is comin'!
Discussion: MyDD
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Governor Palin, You're No Hillary Clinton  —  Over at Pollster.com, Brendan Nyhan (whom you should be reading) espouses a fairly common sentiment: that Sarah Palin's favorability numbers, while poor, are not a whole heck of a lot worse than Hillary Clinton's were at the same point in the electoral cycle.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Brendan Nyhan
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: 60 Percent Disapprove of Congress  —  Less than one-third of Americans approve of Congress' performance as support from Democrats has tumbled — and as more people identify themselves as Republicans than have done so since 2008.  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and GOP 12
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Analysis: July has been disaster for Obama, Hill Dems
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Dodd, Conrad told deals were sweetened … WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite their denials, influential Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad and Chris Dodd were told from the start they were getting VIP mortgage discounts from one of the nation's largest lenders, the official who handled their loans has told Congress in secret testimony.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Senate may need to ‘pull the plug’ on talks  —  Senate leaders may need to “pull the plug” on bipartisan negotiations on healthcare reform legislation, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Monday.  —  Van Hollen, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) …
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Peter Cohn / National Journal Online:
Plastic Surgery Tax Eyed As Revenue Raiser
Discussion: protein wisdom
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Grassley to vote against Sotomayor confirmation  —  Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said today he planned to oppose the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court when the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on her nomination Tuesday.  —  The vote, which Grassley announced …
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Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Opposing view: A confirmation conversion
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin  —  The first study of drivers texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk sharply exceeds previous estimates based on laboratory research — and far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bunning's not running  —  Cantankerous Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning has officially dropped out of next year's reelection campaign — citing his paltry fundraising efforts.  —  Bunning's office just put out the following statement:  —  I have the same conservative principles in 2009 …
Discussion: Salon and Scorecard's Blog
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Must see: Cambridge cop says she won't vote for Obama again after Gatesgate  —  An amazing clip via Verum Serum.  God only knows how much heat she and Sgt. Lashley will take from the “authenticity” police for this; Crowley's a spectacularly lucky guy to have friends like them.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Birther leader: GOP is with me  —  Orly Taitz, the California attorney-dentist leading the charge of the so-called birthers movement, is boasting on her blog that she's made some high-profile “friends” on Facebook: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor …
 
 
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