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9:55 AM ET, July 29, 2009

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The Hill:
Dem healthcare infighting intensifies  —  A House fight among Democrats on overhauling the nation's healthcare system has spread to the Senate, where centrists and liberals are clashing over the direction the legislation should take.  —  Trouble is brewing now that a bipartisan group of senators …
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh and Moe Lane
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Reuters:
U.S. Senate May Drop Public Healthcare Option  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers on both sides of the U.S. Capitol struggled to reach a healthcare deal on Tuesday, with Senate Democrats near agreement with three Republicans on a plan that would not include a government-run insurance option backed by President Barack Obama.
The Hill:
Waters warns Blue Dogs to beware 2010  —  Liberal frustration started to boil over in the House on Tuesday as negotiations over healthcare reform with centrist Blue Dog Democrats dragged into a second week.  —  The delay prompted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to lash out at the Blue Dogs …
New York Times:
Democrats Push Health Care Plan While Issuing Assurances on Medicare
Discussion: The Caucus, WSJ.com and Washington Post
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama-Haters Becoming Increasingly...Racial In Their Rhetoric  —  An interesting pattern has emerged in the last few weeks, as President Obama's ratings have started to come down to Earth: You can really see a type of Obama-hatred out there that really does cross over into a purely racial territory.
NPR:
NPR Poll Finds Tough Sledding For Obama … text sizeAAA  —  President Obama has hit a rough patch this summer, squeezed between a lingering recession and rising questions about the health care overhaul he has made the centerpiece of his first-year agenda.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Republicans Catch Democrats in Generic Ballot
Discussion: Moe Lane
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 …
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Prediction! kf Throws Caution to the Winds  —  Here's a safe political prediction: Despite all the innovative e-mobilization and ad campaigns and town halls and community organizing, the August recess will not produce any effective groundswell of popular support for Obama's health care reform.  Why?
Discussion: Pollster.com
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 …
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
J'lem assesses: Gestures from the Arab World within a month  —  Article's topics: Binyamin Netanyahu, George Mitchell, Saeb Ereket  —  US Middle East envoy George Mitchell left his Israeli interlocutors with the impression Tuesday that he would be able to extract some normalization gestures towards Israel …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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ABCNEWS:
First Madoff Interview: Can't Believe I Got Away with It  —  Bernie Opens Up in Prison to Talk With Lawyers Suing His Family  —  In his first prison interview, a buff-looking Bernie Madoff said he couldn't believe he got away with his massive Ponzi scheme for so long.
The Star-Ledger Continuous / New Jersey Online:
Political consultant Jack Shaw found dead in Jersey City  —  JERSEY CITY — Jack Shaw, a Jersey City political consultant who was among 44 people charged in a federal corruption probe, has died.  —  Two officials with knowledge of the investigation said Shaw was found at home with several bottles of pills nearby.
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Stocks go up as agenda slides  —  The Democratic agenda in Washington has gone off the rails just as markets are enjoying their best run of the Obama presidency, and there's a school of thought on Wall Street that it's no coincidence.  —  While a string of better-than-expected earnings reports …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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.
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Ezra Klein:
The 19.5 Years Test  —  “[E]ven if getting any bill called …
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Left in the West
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Gateway Pundit:
Dorothy D. Hoft... August 1925 - July 2009  —  Dorothy Hoft loved God and her nine children.  She loved the magnolia tree in the backyard.  —  My dear friend and mother passed away this evening at 10:16 PM.  —  She suffered a devastating heart attack 17 days ago.  We put her on hospice late last week.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Cold Fury
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Benefits of Healthcare Reform a Tough Sell for Americans  —  Americans least confident that reform will benefit them personally  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-four percent of Americans believe a new healthcare reform law would improve medical care in the U.S., contrasted with 26% who say it would improve their personal medical care.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Swamp
CNSNews:
Obama's Science Czar Said a Born Baby ‘Will Ultimately Develop Into a Human Being’  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Obama's top science adviser said in a book he co-authored in 1973 that a newborn child “will ultimately develop into a human being” if he or she is properly fed and socialized.
Michelle Malkin:
Bully boys: A brief history of White House thuggery  —  Just finished up on the Today Show, where I had a quick chance to briefly expose the Culture of Corruption in the age of Obama.  My syndicated column today adds to the dossier with a round-up of fresh Bully Boy moments.  —  It's the Chicago way.
Chas Sisk / Tennessean.com:
Tennessee state Sen. Paul Stanley has resigned  —  Sen. Paul Stanley, R-Germantown sent a letter of resignation to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey this afternoon after allegations that a Clarksville man had tried to blackmail the senator with nude photos of an intern taken in Stanley's Nashville apartment.
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
Iowa caucuses move to Saturday in '10  —  The Iowa Republican and Democratic parties together announced Tuesday that they will hold the state's 2010 primary caucuses on a Saturday, a move that party leaders say is designed to increase turnout in a non-presidential year.
Discussion: Election Law
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Chuck Blahous / The Politico:
Plan still $820 billion above target  —  Nearly lost in all of the publicity about the Congressional Budget Office's finding that proposed health care legislation would worsen the current-law deficit by $239 billion over the next 10 years is something far more troubling …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Iran and North Korea Signal the Death of Obama's Engagement Ideology  —  The Obama administration lacks a foreign policy ideology as a matter of ideology.  Speaking recently at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted, “Rigid ideologies and old formulas don't apply.”
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Commentary
 
 
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