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9:20 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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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 Politico:
Henry Waxman wins breakthrough on health bill  —  The new version of the bill would allow for states to set up health care co-ops, which the Senate Finance Committee has advanced as an alternative to the government-run insurance plan advanced in the House.  The House bill still includes …
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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 …
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.
Matt Collette / Boston Globe:
Officer suspended for Gates slur in e-mail  —  An officer in the Boston Police Department was suspended yesterday for allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, a law enforcement official said.
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 …
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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
Mike Stark / Firedoglake:
Birthers, Part Deux: Republicans Divided  —  In this installment, we find the Republicans split into two camps.  Mike Pence leads the sane brigade (he's joined by McClintock, and of all people, Peter King!), boldly going where no elected Republican had gone before and agreeing …
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Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Lou Dobbs Slams “Tea-Bagging Queen Rachel Maddow,” Refuses To Back Off Obama Birth Certificate Controversy (AUDIO)  —  CNN's Lou Dobbs has come under fire for recent comments he made suggesting President Obama might be undocumented, and that, as a result, Obama's presidency and his actions as president could be deemed “illegal.”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: Michael Steele Blasts Birtherism As “Unnecessary …
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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Texas Politics:
UPDATED: Hutchison says she will resign in October or Novemeber
Kathleen Hunter / Eye on 2010:
Texas Senator Sends Mixed Signals
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
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 …
Discussion: Indecision Forever and marbury
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Now Kurtz blames Matthews, rather than Dobbs, for birther nonsense  —  Howard Kurtz seems to be committed to making his conflict of interest as obvious as possible.  Here's Kurtz during an appearance on the conservative Hugh Hewitt radio show: … No mention of CNN.  No mention of Lou Dobbs.
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