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10:00 PM ET, July 28, 2009

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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 …
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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
LET IT DIE?  —  In light of reports that Senate Dems may strip the public option and the employer mandate from the health-care bill, Steve M. asks a good question: “Is this even worth it?  Is it even worth fighting to pass a compromised, inadequate bill?”  —  I largely agree with his take on the politics.
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.
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.
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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David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Panel Endorses Sotomayor  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, moved closer to taking her seat on Tuesday as the Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved her nomination and sent it on to the full Senate.
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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 and Hot Air
Inside Radio:
Palin tests radio waters.  —  Alaska's now former Governor is coy about her future political plans, but radio is at least one option she's leaving on the table.  While not exactly shopping the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate, sources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing …
Discussion: Salon, Hot Air and Wonkette
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
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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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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Memo: No health vote before recess UPDATE  —  Democratic leaders may have 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.  —  The memo:
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.
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
The White House Reacts to Aluf Benn's Arguments
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Axelrod's Son Hired by Huffington Post  —  David Axelrod's son is following his father's career path — that is, the one he had before becoming a political strategist.  —  Ethan Axelrod is joining the Huffington Post, the liberal Web site that has been largely supportive of President Obama.
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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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.
Blog Talk Radio:
The Birth of Lunacy - Birthers and health care reform … Home  —  On Air  —  Featured  —  Popular  —  Networks  — Create My Talk Show - Register - Sign In  — Browse Categories: - Entertainment, - Sports, - Music, - Family, - Politics, - Business - See All  —  The Rick Moran Show
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Arnold Uses Line-Item Veto To Attack Parks, Farms, Kids and HIV Patients  —  One thing that ought to be eliminated at a constitutional convention is the line-item veto.  It was ruled unconstitutional for the federal government in the 1990s as giving the executive branch too much power.
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Chris Parks Says He Was Mistaken For An Army Deserter  —  Parks Decided Against Enlisting In The Military 10 Years Ago  —  It took a few minutes for Chris Parks to realize that when he was taken aside by Homeland Security at the Charlotte, N.C., airport it wasn't just another airport security check.
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
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Rasmussen Reports:
Just 23% Believe Health Care Costs Will Go Down if Reform Passes Congress
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Dan Weil / NewsMax.com:
Inside Cover  —  Obama Forms 'Shadow Gov't' for Crises
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Michelle Malkin
Megan McArdle:
A Long, Long Post About My Reasons For Opposing National Health Care
Vincent Rossmeier / Salon:
The right bails on Birthers
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Pareene / Gawker:
Sarah Palin's Gradual Descent Into Incoherency