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7:45 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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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
The Health Care Bill Dies? … Well, as the French would say... Quelle surprise!  —  It's funny, earlier this summer I was watching the Federer-Roddick Wimbledon Final.  Great match in a way, final set was 30 games long, one of the all-time epic battles.  And yet, as I watched it …
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 …
Igor / Think Progress:
Dean: 'What's the point of having a 60 vote majority' if you can't pass health reform?  —  According to the New York Times, three Democrats and three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have crafted a bipartisan agreement around a health care bill that replaces the employer mandate …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Reid promises committee bill by recess
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid backs Baucus, expects health bill by recess
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.
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Ezra Klein:
Bill Kristol Says Things That Are The Opposite of True … “One reason the price of health care is going up so fast is because of government programs,” says Kristol.  “The price of Medicare and Medicaid have gone up faster than private insurance.  That's well-documented.”
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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.).
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Waters blames Rahm for recalcitrant Dems on healthcare
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
The White House Reacts to Aluf Benn's Arguments
Discussion: The New Republic
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Iowa parties agree on Saturday caucuses for 2010  —  Sources from both the Iowa Democratic Party and Republican Party of Iowa say they are getting ready to jointly announce a date for the 2010 Iowa caucuses.  For the first time, they'll be held on a Saturday afternoon in January.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Memo: No health vote before recess UPDATE  —  Democratic leaders have apparently thrown in the towel — telling their Republican counterparts that there will be no health care vote on the House floor before the August recess starts this Friday, according a Republican memo obtained by POLITICO.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Andrew Sullivan is Right  —  It doesn't happen terribly often, but I'm with Andrew Sullivan on the need to lay Obama birther-ism to rest— a subject on which he's been blogging with some energy over the last day.  —  Indeed, it's almost as if birthers have allowed an intense …
Discussion: Kausfiles
Associated Press:
Police use Taser on deaf, disabled Alabama man  —  MOBILE, Alabama (AP) — Police in Mobile, Ala., used pepper spray and a Taser on a deaf, mentally disabled man who they said wouldn't leave a store's bathroom.  —  The family of 37-year-old Antonio Love has filed a formal complaint over the incident on Friday.
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Bill Pascoe / In the Right:
Keyes and Birthers, Buckley and Birchers … I've held fire for the last several months as I've watched the so-called “Birther” movement gain steam.  —  At first it was amusing, like playing a drinking game — you know, like taking a shot every time Chris Matthews explains why he insists …
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 …
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 Corn / Mother Jones:
CSI: Watergate  —  Has an amateur historian found the key to the lost 18 ½ minutes?  —  Post Comment  —  ON JUNE 20, 1972, President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, met in Nixon's hideaway office at the Old Executive Office Building.
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?
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: Gawker and The Opinionator
Randy Cohen / The Moral of the Story:
Should Henry Louis Gates Sip or Sue?  —  The Issue  —  Last week in Cambridge, Mass., Sgt. James Crowley arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor at Harvard, for disorderly conduct while responding to a reported break-in at Gates's home.  The charges were subsequently dropped …
 
 
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Samuel Sherraden / CNN:
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Discussion: The Washington Note
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 23% Believe Health Care Costs Will Go Down if Reform Passes Congress
WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS
Discussion: Firedoglake and Israel Matzav
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Chris Parks Says He Was Mistaken For An Army Deserter
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Arnold Uses Line-Item Veto To Attack Parks, Farms, Kids and HIV Patients
Discussion: D-Day and Zandar Versus The Stupid
Dan Weil / NewsMax.com:
Inside Cover  —  Obama Forms 'Shadow Gov't' for Crises
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Atlas Shrugs
Megan McArdle:
A Long, Long Post About My Reasons For Opposing National Health Care
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
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Discussion: Commentary and The Awl
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
Obama Administration Makes Good on Spending Cuts Pledge
Discussion: Democracy in America
The Huffington Post:
DeMint Defends Obama Against ‘Birthers’ — But Little Else
Discussion: Hot Air
Vincent Rossmeier / Salon:
The right bails on Birthers
Scott / Power Line:
Ascent of the flying imams
Richard A. Posner / Atlantic Correspondents:
Liberals Forgetting Keynes
Discussion: The Glittering Eye