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8:35 PM ET, July 29, 2009

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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Blue Dogs strike deal: No health vote before recess  —  Blue Dogs and House leaders have struck a deal to guarantee that the House will not vote on a healthcare bill before August, a leading Blue Dog said on Wednesday.  —  In exchange for putting off a floor vote until after Labor Day …
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Roll Call:
Waxman Postpones Health Markup Amid Liberal Backlash  —  House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) postponed the health bill markup that he planned to hold Wednesday afternoon amid a backlash from liberals to the deal that he cut earlier with four conservative Blue Dog Democrats.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Breakthrough on House health bill  —  Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has cut a deal to reconvene his committee and vote on the Democrats' sweeping health care bill, with a goal of completing work by the time lawmakers leave town for the summer on Friday.
The Politico:
Henry Waxman wins breakthrough on health bill
Discussion: The Treatment and Obsidian Wings
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate Panel Nearing Agreement on Health-Care Bill  —  Panel May Vote On Bipartisan Bill Before Recess  —  An emerging consensus among a bipartisan group of senators is poised to shift the dynamic in the congressional debate over health-care reform and could lead to a final product …
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Baucus: Health bill covers 95%, reduces deficit
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Mike Stark / Firedoglake:
Birthers, Part Deux: Republicans Divided
Discussion: Salon
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Roy Blunt: Birtherism “A Legitimate Question,” …
Harvey A. Silverglate / Forbes:
Prof. Gates' Unconstitutional Arrest  —  There's a First Amendment right to be rude to a cop.  —  The now-infamous Gates story has gone through the familiar media spin-cycle: incident, reaction, response, so on and so forth.  Drowned out of this echo chamber has been an all-too-important …
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Katie Zezima / New York Times:
Caller in Gates Case Speaks Out  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Lucia Whalen, whose 911 call led to the arrest of the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home, made her first public comments Wednesday, saying at no time did she ever mention race to the responding police officer.
NPR Blogs:
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Clarifies Resignation Talk, Kinda Sorta  —  Here are two things we have long assumed about Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.  —  One, she will challenge Gov. Rick Perry in next year's Texas gubernatorial primary.  Yes, I know, it should be more than just “assumed,” …
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Kathleen Hunter / Eye on 2010:
Texas Senator Sends Mixed Signals
Texas Politics:
UPDATED: Hutchison says she will resign in October or Novemeber
New York Times:
Poll Shows Obama's Clout on Health Care Is Eroding  —  President Obama's ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray the effort as a government-takeover that could limit Americans' ability to chose their doctor and course of treatment …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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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
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LOSING THE MESSAGE WAR?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Losing the message war?  Perhaps the biggest thing that stood out to us at President Obama's AARP town hall yesterday was that the White House appears to be losing the message war on health care.
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The Huffington Post:
Obama's Doctor: President's Vision For Health Care Bound To Fail  —  The man Barack Obama consulted on medical matters for over two decades said on Tuesday that the president's vision for health care reform is bound for failure.  —  Dr. David Scheiner, a 70-year Chicago-based physician …
William C. Dudley / newyorkfed.org:
The Economic Outlook and the Fed's Balance Sheet: The Issue of “How” versus “When”  —  Remarks at the Association for a Better New York Breakfast Meeting, Grand Hyatt, New York  —  It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak here at the Association for a Better New York.
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Wall Street Journal:
Let's Break up the Fed
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Cafe Hayek
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Vitter defends Southern influence in GOP, slams Voinovich  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed fellow Republican George Voinovich Wednesday for saying the GOP's problems stem from the fact that it is “being taken over by Southerners,” calling the Ohio senator “a moderate, really wishy-washy.”
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Original  —  A reader writes:  —  Do you want Obama to produce a paper form of his birth certificate or do you want the vital records people in Hawaii to release a copy of the OFFICIAL ORIGINAL birth certificate filed with their office?  Obama producing a tattered piece of paper …
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful 2009 - Top 40 (HTML)  —  Arjun Jaikumar … Arjun Jaikumar has been on Capitol Hill for less than two months and the shaggy-haired blogger and new-media guru for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is already getting noticed.
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Response to Patterico and Jack Dunphy  —  The LAPD officer who writes under the pseudonym Jack Dunphy and blogger and prosecutor Patterico have each put up posts taking issue with my Reason colleague Brian Doherty's and my criticism of one of Dunphy's posts at National Review Online.
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Matt Collette / Boston Globe:
Officer suspended for Gates slur in e-mail
Discussion: The Raw Story
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
On The Birthers  —  So many readers are furious that I have dared to ask the president to show the original copy of his birth certificate.  The reason for demanding it is the same reason for demanding basic medical records proving Sarah Palin is the biological mother of Trig.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Back To Square One  —  The whole birth certificate issue gets weirder still:  —  “I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born …
Christopher Neefus / CNSNews:
White House Science Adviser Advocated ‘De-Development’ of the United States  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Obama's top science adviser, John P. Holdren, advocated the “de-development” of the United States in books he published in the 1970s.  —  “A massive campaign must be launched to restore …
Gregory Levey / Newsweek:
Stand In  —  Why Obama should make George W. Bush his Mideast envoy.  —  Gerald Herbert / AP  —  Peace Partners: Bush and Obama could play good-cop, bad-cop with Israel  —  On Sunday, George Mitchell, President Obama's Middle East envoy, arrived in Israel to confer with its leaders.
 
 
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