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11:20 AM ET, July 28, 2009


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New York Times:
Health Policy Now Carved Out at a More Centrist Table  —  WASHINGTON — On the agenda is the revamping of the American health care system, possibly the most complex legislation in modern history.  But on the table, in a conference room where the bill is being hashed out by six senators, the snacks are anything but healthy.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Key Democratic provisions fading fast  —  Bipartisan negotiations on the Senate Finance Committee are moving closer to eliminating two health care provisions favored by many Democrats - a mandate on employers to provide insurance or pay a penalty, and a government insurance option, a senator and health care insiders said Monday.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House inches forward; Senate may scrap public option  —  House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman said he hopes to restart work on healthcare legislation Wednesday after cobbling together the beginnings of a possible agreement with centrist Blue Dog Democrats.
New CBO study: Public health care option won't dominate system  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Democrats on Monday hailed a new report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that they said proves Republicans are misinforming the public about the effects of health care reform.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Associated Press:
Sources: Senators near bipartisan health deal  —  WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators is closing in on a health care compromise that omits key Democratic priorities but seeks to hold down costs, as lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol labor to deliver sweeping health legislation to President Barack Obama.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bachmann blocks resolution declaring Hawaii to be Obama's birthplace.  —  Today, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) introduced a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood.  The resolution also proclaims the state as President Obama's birthplace, a point …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Lead Birther Bill Sponsor Votes To Recognize Hawaii As Obama's Birthplace  —  The House resolution to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood — which included language recognizing the state as President Obama's birthplace, in a none-too-subtle jab at the Birthers — passed this evening by a 378-0 vote.
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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Birthers back Hawaii-Obama resolution
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Obama unlikely to present peace plan’
Jerusalem Post:
‘Say ‘No’ to US settlement pressure’
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Gateway Pundit:
Sen. McCaskill's Office Holds Town Hall— TEA PARTY BREAKS OUT  —  Senator Claire “ACORN” McCaskill's office agreed to hold a town hall meeting on Obamacare.  —  A massive Tea Party Protest broke out!  —  Check this out:  —  This tea party protester fired up the crowd:
Pareene / Gawker:
Sarah Palin's Gradual Descent Into Incoherency  —  Remember how Sarah Palin graduated from her fiftieth college with a degree in communications?  What the hell happened to addle this woman's mind so much that she can no longer form logical sentences?  We went to the tapes to investigate.
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sen. DeMint of S.C. Is Voice of Opposition to Health-Care Reform
Darrel Rowland / The Daily Briefing:
Look out, gov - the ex-gov is comin'!
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and MyDD
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
Obama's Health-Care Reform Plan Is Not the Answer  —  For the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, the Obama health plan is bad news.  It means higher taxes, less health care and no protection if they lose their current insurance because of unemployment or early retirement.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Power of Posterity  —  Every day, I check a blog called Marginal Revolution, which is famous for its erudite authors, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, and its intelligent contributors.  Last week, one of those contributors asked a question that is fantastical but thought-provoking …
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.
Robin Wells / The Huffington Post:
Hard Truths and the Teachable Moment: The Gates-Crowley Saga  —  We've embarked on a national attempt to find something redeeming in the Gates-Crowley affair - to find the “teachable moment.”  Obama's gracious and politically astute offer to bring the two men together is an example of what Obama does best …
Discussion: NY Daily News
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Q & A with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal  —  You have said that in Afghanistan protecting the population is the top priority.  What does that mean you stop doing?  —  It means we put as much of our effort as we can to establish security for the population and we stay there so those other critical parts …
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.  —
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Governor Palin, You're No Hillary Clinton
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.
National Review:
Born in the U.S.A.  —  Pres. Barack Obama has a birthday coming up, a week from Tuesday.  We hope he takes the day off—or even the whole week, the briefest of respites from his busy schedule of truncating our liberties while exhausting both the public coffers and our patience.
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: Verum Serum and
Michael Lewis / Bloomberg:
Bashing Goldman Sachs Is Simply a Game for Fools: Michael Lewis  —  From the moment I left Yale and started working for Goldman Sachs, I've felt uneasy interacting with those who don't.  —  It's not that I think less of Goldman outsiders than I did while I remained among you.
Discussion: The Opinionator and Gawker
Stephen Battersby / New Scientist:
Is Pluto a planet after all?  —  HOW many planets are in the solar system?  The official answer is eight - unless you happen to live in Illinois.  Earlier this year, defiant Illinois state governors declared that Pluto had been unfairly demoted by the International Astronomical Union …
Discussion: The Awl
P.J. Gladnick /
Obama 2004: Bush Rushed Legislation Through Congress Without Allowing Time to Read Or Debate  —  Hypocrisy alert!  —  A heretofore “unknown” 2004 interview with Barack Obama by leftwing radio host Randi Rhodes has just emerged.  And basically, as you shall hear, Obama is saying do as I say, not as I do.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Discussion: GayPatriot and DownWithTyranny!
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