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10:30 AM ET, July 30, 2009

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems warn Baucus with gavel threat  —  In an apparent warning to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), some liberal Democrats have suggested a secret-ballot vote every two years on whether or not to strip committee chairmen of their gavels.
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The Hill:
Health deal sparks fury on the left  —  A House leadership deal with Blue Dogs and an aggressive marketing push by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) shifted the healthcare debate sharply toward centrist positions Wednesday, sparking threats of rebellion from the left.
Guardian:
How nervous should those Blue Dogs be?  —  OK, as promised the other day, I've run some numbers about the Democratic Blue Dogs in the House of Representatives, and they're quite interesting.  Here's the deal.  This is a long post, but it's got lots of actual new information, and no difficult-to-discern irony.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Waxman confident Blue Dog compromise will pass
The Politico:
Henry Waxman wins breakthrough on health bill
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Poll: Obama loses ground on health care  —  NBC/WSJ survey also shows a drop in his overall job-approval rating  —  President Barack Obama discusses health care reform during a town hall meeting at Broughton High School on Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.  —  Deputy political director
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New York Times:
New Poll Finds Growing Unease on Health Plan  —  President Obama's ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray his overhaul plan as a government takeover that could limit Americans' ability to choose their doctors and course of treatment …
Wall Street Journal:
Debra Burlingame: Revenge of the ‘Shoe Bomber’  —  The terrorist sues to resume his jihad from prison.  The Obama administration caves in.  —  Multimedia  — previous  — next  —  Health Care Reform  —  President Obama's effort to overhaul the health-care system may have momentum.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Exclusive: Earmark critic steered cash to blimp, former aide  —  Rep. Pete Sessions — the chief of the Republicans' campaign arm in the House — says on his website that earmarks have become “a symbol of a broken Washington to the American people.”  —  Yet in 2008, Sessions himself steered …
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: No. 3 at Justice OK'd Panther reversal  —  Case involved polling place in Philadelphia  —  Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli, the No. 3 official in the Obama Justice Department, was consulted and ultimately approved a decision in May to reverse course and drop …
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful 2009 - Top 10 (HTML)  —  1. Rep. Martin Heinrich … Rep. Martin Heinrich has gone from climbing mountains to climbing stairs.  —  The avid outdoorsman, who once ran a wilderness adventure program for children and teens, now has to rely on his trips from his fifth-floor Longworth office …
Discussion: Don Surber and LA Observed
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Despite Obama's Objections, House Appropriators Seem Intent on Earmarks  —  The Democratic-controlled House is poised to give the Pentagon dozens of new ships, planes, helicopters and armored vehicles that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says the military does not need to fund next year …
Suzanne Ziegler / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Cash for Clunkers: Federal rebate revs up buyers  —  Dale Skreen, left, of Loretto, took a last look at his 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck before he drove away in his 2009 Ford F-150 XLT pickup.  Salesman Adam Notsch helped Skreen get a federal rebate in the Cash for Clunkers program.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Andrew Travers / aspendailynews.com:
Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news  —  Login or register to post comments  —  Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
‘Auto-Tune’ the latest, greatest spoof  —  With his mashup of news, music and video called “Auto-Tune the News,” Michael Gregory is taking political satire into the digital era.  “Auto-Tune the News” is the brainchild of Gregory, 24, and his two brothers and sister-in-law.
Discussion: Anne Schroeder's Blog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
British Foreign Secretary: Clinton threatened to cut-off intelligence-sharing if torture evidence is disclosed  —  I've written several times before about the amazing quest of Binyam Mohamed — a British resident released from Guantanamo in February, 2009 after seven years in captivity …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Guardian
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Jihadi's Facebook Account: I will kill you (Updated: Pics Added)  —  ****STICKY OVERNIGHT****NEW POSTS BELOW***  —  More on the banality of terror.  You should read it for the context in understanding the federal indictments against Ziyad Yaghi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hussain, and six others.
Megan McArdle:
America's Moral Panic Over Obesity  —  With health care in the news, everyone's looking for magic bullets to save money.  Obesity seems to be a growing favorite: wouldn't it be great if we could make everyone look like Jennifer Anniston, and be cheaper to treat?
CNN:
Obama's weapon: A dose of homecoming king charm  —  (CNN) — As President Obama pushes forward with his agenda, he may find that a homecoming king's likeability is just as integral as the power and authority inherent to the Oval Office.  —  “I just don't think you can be effective without being liked …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Debts paid, Hillary Clinton builds $3+ million campaign fund for ...?  —  With all of the immense numbers coming out of Washington these days, former senator, ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign debt is chump change.  Make that, “was.”  —  Here's the news: There is no more Hillary Clinton campaign debt.
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
New Poll: Bring Down Debt, Don't Spend More  —  Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds.  Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
REPORT: A Statistical Analysis Of Policy Trends And Abnormalities In Sarah Palin's Tweets  —  After stepping down on Sunday morning, Sarah Palin posted her final Twitter update to her @AKGovSarahPalin account, which had close to 125k followers.  With Palin's refusal to specifically address …
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt / New York Times:
Reverend Ike, Who Preached Riches, Dies at 74  —  The Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, the flamboyant minister better known as the Reverend Ike, who preached the blessings of material prosperity to a large congregation in New York and to television and radio audiences nationwide …
 
 
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David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
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Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Nixonian Secrecy  —  The whole birther thing is lunacy …
Brad / Sadly, No!:
YOO ESS AY!!! YOO ESS AY!!!
Discussion: D-Day and Balloon Juice
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Now Kurtz blames Matthews, rather than Dobbs, for birther nonsense
Discussion: JustOneMinute and RADAMISTO
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