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11:45 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
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Chamber praises Baucus, jabs at House health bill
Jacob S. Hacker / Washington Post:
Health Care for the Blue Dogs
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Dem Putting GOPers On The Spot By Introducing Measure …
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.
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.
Richard A. Posner / Atlantic Correspondents:
Liberals Forgetting Keynes  —  In a striking turn in the unedifying history of business-cycle economics, John Maynard Keynes's masterpiece, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936), was ignored by liberal and conservative macroeconomists alike until the collapse …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
911 Tape Raises Questions in Gates Case  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The woman who called 911 to report a possible breaking and entering at the home of Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. told the dispatcher that she had “no idea” if the two men she saw were breaking in and said that, in fact, they might live there.
Robin Wells / The Huffington Post:
Hard Truths and the Teachable Moment: The Gates-Crowley Saga
Discussion: NY Daily News
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 …
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sen. DeMint of S.C. Is Voice of Opposition to Health-Care Reform
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Awl
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.
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.
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 …
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems have huge day with Latinos  —  Republicans' dilemma in connecting with the growing Hispanic electorate will be on vivid display Tuesday: GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote overwhelmingly against confirming Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latino nominee to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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.
Discussion: Swampland, The Note and
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Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
7 arrested in North Carolina on terrorism charges
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Johnnie L. Roberts / Newsweek:
NPR's Digital Makeover
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Gawker
Austin American-Statesman:
Hutchison: Political games played with your money
Washington Post:
Health-Care Debate Focuses on Majority in U.S. Who Are Satisfied …
Discussion: Commentary
Washington Times:
Sotomayor snubs the Senate
P.J. Gladnick /
Obama 2004: Bush Rushed Legislation Through Congress Without Allowing …
Discussion: Don Surber
Duncan Clark / Guardian:
World will warm faster than predicted
Discussion: QandO and Get Energy Smart!
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Must see: Cambridge cop says she won't vote for Obama again after Gatesgate
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