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3:20 PM ET, July 29, 2009

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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 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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Todd unloads  —  NBC's Chuck Todd goes off on Glenn Beck …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Critics ‘stop scaring everybody’
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Blue Dogs say they have health-care deal; no vote till fall  —  (CNN) — A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats announced Wednesday they reached a deal with the chamber's Democratic leaders on a health care reform bill.  —  Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, speaking for the Blue Dog Democrats …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Retains Public Option In Compromise, But Delays Vote Until September
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Breakthrough on House health bill
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Waxman confirms: No healthcare vote before recess
Discussion: Capitol Briefing, Raw Story and Salon
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WAXMAN, BLUE DOGS STRIKE A DEAL.... It wasn't easy …
Niall O'Dowd / ABCNEWS:
Harvard Prof Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him  —  Two Men at Center of Controversy Linked by Irish Heritage  —  Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
So That Would Be “Black Irish”, I Guess
Discussion: Riehl World View
Harvey A. Silverglate / Forbes:
Prof. Gates' Unconstitutional Arrest
Discussion: Reason
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Ezra Klein Plays His Part in the “Co-Op Squeeze Play” … I know many were delighted with President Obama's defense of a “public option” yesterday.  But coming on the heels of Robert Gibbs' statement that the President doesn't prefer a public option over co-ops, I listened carefully …
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Ian M. / Think Progress:
Fox News legal analyst sides with Professor Gates.  —  On Monday, Fox News Legal Analyst and former New Jersey state Judge Andrew Napolitano told to the conservative network's audience that police broke the law when they arrested Professor Henry Louis Gates for disorderly conduct.
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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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John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
It's Crunch Time for Israel on Iran
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.
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sarah Grabs the Grievance Grab Bag From Hillary  —  The woman who was prematurely counted in is out.  And the woman who was prematurely counted out is in.  —  Goodbye, Sarah.  Hello, Hillary.  —  In their vivid twin performances Sunday — Hillary on “Meet the Press” …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Politico announces again: GOP is resurgent!  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  On Monday, I espoused my theory on Twitter about the birth of Politico, which led The Columbia Journalism Review to compare that thesis to the much different Politico-birth mythology created by its Editor-in-Chief, John Harris.
Sarah Netter / ABCNEWS:
Intern, BF Entangle State Sen. in Sex Scandal  —  Intern's Boyfriend Arrested for Extortion After Discovering Photos From Senator's Affair  —  What began as a government internship for a one-time honors student with a questionable past has become a full-blown sex scandal that ensnared …
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
City Aids Homeless With One-Way Tickets Home  —  They are flown to Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20).  —  They are not executives on business trips or couples on honeymoons.  Rather, all are families who have ended up homeless …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama, Democrats Flunking Health Care Sales Pitch  —  As I've made clear on a couple of occasions, I think there has generally been too much panic over the process of getting a health care reform bill before the Congress.  Given a bill as expensive and complicated as this one …
 
 
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