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3:10 PM ET, July 28, 2009

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New York Times:
Health Policy Is Carved Out at Table for 6  —  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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Powers That Be  —  He's got the beet sugar.  —  Not to just keep flogging a dead horse endlessly, but it does strike me as worth noting that when you read a puff piece in The New York Times about the Gang of Six bipartisan dealmakers in the Senate that vast power is being wielded by people who …
Ezra Klein:
The Max Baucus Committee
Kate Pickert / Time:
Taxing Pricey Insurance: No Health Care Cure
Discussion: Verum Serum and cab drollery
Associated Press:   AP Sources: Senators Near Bipartisan Health Deal
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.
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Dan Nakaso / USA Today:
Hawaii: Obama birth certificate is real  —  In an attempt to quash persistent rumors that President Obama was not born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, Hawaii's health director reiterated this afternoon that she has personally seen Obama's birth certificate in the Health Department's archives.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Birthers back Hawaii-Obama resolution
Discussion: City Pages
Dan Nakaso / Honolulu Advertiser:
Hawaii officials confirm Obama's original birth certificate still exists
Vincent Rossmeier / Salon:
The right bails on Birthers
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bachmann blocks resolution declaring Hawaii to be Obama's birthplace.
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Panel Endorses Sotomayor in 13-6 Vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13 to 6, on Tuesday to endorse the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, easing her path to likely confirmation as the first Hispanic member of the tribunal.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Sotomayor clears committee  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court on a sharp party-line vote, handing President Barack Obama a victory and putting the federal judge one step closer to becoming the nation's first Latina justice.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Fox's Beck: Obama is ‘a racist’  —  On Fox & Friends today, Glenn Beck called Obama “a racist” during a discussion of how the president handled the arrest of Henry Louis Gates.  —  “This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred …
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Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
Frothy Diplomacy: What Beer Will Obama Pick?  —  The President Hopes to Ease Tensions by Drinking Beer with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley  —  The easy part for President Obama might have been getting Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard University scholar …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Blue Dogs still chewing on Waxman's offer  —  The fate of the House healthcare proposal rested in the hands of the Blue Dogs on Tuesday morning as the coalition review the healthcare compromise offered Monday night by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
Discussion: Salon, AMERICAblog News and TPMDC
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Shatner Does The Palin Farewell Speech  —  I haven't blogged on Sarah Palin's bizarre farewell speech, but Conan O'Brien's inspired idea to stage a dramatic reading by William Shatner has wakened me from my dogmatic slumbers:  —  Of course the definitive bizarre Shatner vocal performances can be found on his album The Transformed Man.
Discussion: Althouse, Newshoggers.com and Lean Left
Aluf Benn / New York Times:
Why Won't Obama Talk to Israel?  —  IN his global tours and TV appearances, President Obama has spoken to Arabs, Muslims, Iranians, Western Europeans, Eastern Europeans, Russians and Africans.  His words have stirred emotions and been well received everywhere.  —  But he hasn't bothered to speak directly to Israelis.
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
The White House Reacts to Aluf Benn's Arguments
Discussion: The New Republic
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP's teachable moment on the risks of Obamacare  —  Pick your average member of the House of Representatives, one who has a lot of work to do but hasn't been deeply involved in crafting the massive health care makeover bill.  Who knows more about what's in that bill — Mr. Average Democrat, or Mr. Average Republican?
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP leaders expect cap-and-trade 8 to shun health bill
Discussion: The Note
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.
David Frum / The New Majority:
Quit Whining!  —  The United States in 2009 is living through the fiercest challenge to market institutions and limited government since the mid-1970s.  —  Defenders of free institutions will need the utmost energy, courage and perseverance for the work ahead.
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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:
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.
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
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Newsweek's Obama Correspondent Joins Administration  —  Daren Briscoe, a Newsweek correspondent who was embedded with Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, has taken a job with the Obama administration, according to an email sent to a listserv of his classmates at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
 
 
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Obama Administration Makes Good on Spending Cuts Pledge
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Wall Street Journal:
Traders Blamed for Oil Spike
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The Huffington Post:
DeMint Defends Obama Against ‘Birthers’ — But Little Else
Scott / Power Line:
Ascent of the flying imams
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
House Democrats Gather for Health Care 101
Megan McArdle:
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Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Richard A. Posner / Atlantic Correspondents:
Liberals Forgetting Keynes
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
7 arrested in North Carolina on terrorism charges