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8:00 PM ET, July 30, 2009

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Pew Research Center:
Obama's Ratings Slide Across the Board  —  The Economy, Health Care Reform and Gates Grease the Skids  —  Barack Obama's approval ratings have suffered major declines.  The president's overall job approval number fell from 61% in mid-June to 54% currently.
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Beer brewers beg for White House berth  —  Although we won't know for sure until afterward what types of beers were consumed by President Barack Obama, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Police Sgt. James Crowley at this evening's White House gathering, there are some odds on favorites: a Bud Light for Obama …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
President, professor, policeman: Talking
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch
Discussion: The Swamp
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Rove Had Heavier Hand in Prosecutor Firings Than Previously Known  —  Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained …
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David Johnston / New York Times:
Rove Says His Role in Prosecutor Firings Was Small  —  WASHINGTON — Karl Rove, addressing an issue stemming from his role as a top adviser to President George W. Bush, said in an interview that he played only a peripheral role in the dismissal of nine federal prosecutors in 2006 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Prometheus 6
Emptywheel:
WaPo: Rove Spins His Role in US Attorney Firings
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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
50-plus signatures on anti-Blue Dog letter  —  About 50 House liberals have signed on to a letter calling the deal struck between the Blue Dogs and House leadership “totally unacceptable” — and have vowed to vote against it on the floor.  —  The point may be moot: Democratic leadership …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Note:
Clyburn: ‘Absolutely No Idea’ …
The Hill:
Pelosi lashes out at private health insurance ‘villains’  —  A day after formally delaying a vote on a healthcare bill and having to accept a further weakening of a public option to compete with private insurers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at the health insurance industry …
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Adviser's Blunt Memo on Iraq: Time ‘to Go Home’  —  WASHINGTON — A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from deeply entrenched deficiencies but are now capable of protecting the Iraqi government, and that it is time …
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TWI / The Washington Independent:
Col. Timothy Reese: 'It's Time for the US to Declare Victory and Go Home'
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Obsidian Wings
WSB-TV:
Officers Run Background Check On Obama; Placed On Leave  —  DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Two DeKalb County police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after an investigation revealed they ran a background check on President Barack Obama.  —  A representative for the DeKalb County …
The Huffington Post:
Disorderly Conduct: Conversation About Gates Arrest Precedes Arrest  —  A lawyer who moments earlier had been complaining to friends about police overreaction in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., got a taste of the Gates treatment himself after loudly chanting …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Roseanne Barr Dressed as Hitler Bakes Burnt ‘Jew Cookies’  —  As NewsBusters has chronicled over the years, Roseanne Barr has a history of doing and saying some truly disgraceful things, but this one really takes the cake...or the cookie in this case.  —  Her most-recent tailspin …
Discussion: Political Byline and Atlas Shrugs
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Heeb HQ RSS:   That Oven Feelin'  —  Roseanne Barr Turns Up The Heat
WCVB-TV:
‘I Am Not A Racist,’ Says Cop Who Wrote Gates Slur  —  Justin Barrett Suspended From Police Department, National Guard  —  BOSTON — A Boston police officer who sent a racially charged e-mail protesting newspaper coverage of the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. apologized Wednesday night and said “I am not a racist.”
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SALES PITCH.... President Obama told Time's Karen Tumulty that, when it comes to health care, the need to reform the system “is so clear to me,” but he's finding it “difficult ... to describe in clear, simple terms how important it is” to get this done.  —  Reading the transcript …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Ezra Klein:
Obama Speaks About Speaking
Scott A. Hodge / Tax Foundation:
Tax Burden of Top 1% Now Exceeds That of Bottom 95%  —  Newly released data from the IRS clearly debunks the conventional Beltway rhetoric that the “rich” are not paying their fair share of taxes and disproportionately benefited from the Bush tax cuts.  —  Indeed, the IRS data shows that in 2007 …
Discussion: The Foundry and Economix
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Stormy Daniels's Adviser Has Car Bombed  —  A political adviser to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who's considering a Senate run in Louisiana, told a New Orleans TV station Monday that someone bombed his car.  —  Brian Welsh, who wasn't hurt in the incident, posted surveillance video of his car exploding on YouTube.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Florida Legislators Propose State Constitutional Amendment To Ban Federal Health Care  —  As the Obama administration and Congress work to pass legislation that would expand affordable coverage for all Americans, some state lawmakers are trying to preemptively undermine those efforts.
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
UPDATED: Hutchison site is loaded with hidden phrases—including two “Perry gay” references, which the campaign says it's removing  —  This morning, I came across a Web site for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial campaign.  —  A provocative twist: The site may have been juiced …
Jeff Cohen / The Huffington Post:
Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail?  —  I've started deleting them as spam.  —  I'm not talking about the enlarge-your-penis emails or “You've Won the Lottery” notices.  —  I'm talking about the increasingly-urgent emails coming for weeks from liberal Netroots groups calling for a …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
White Cops Are Always Right  —  That's been my experience as a citizen and as a reporter.  Back in the day, I used to write about the subject of racial profiling a bit, and and I'm reasonably sure, based on my reporting, that Sergeant Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department a) …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on 2003 Doping List  —  Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Philly.com
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Letter shows SC gov predicting public humiliation  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Less than a month before he traveled to Argentina to see his mistress, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford predicted in a letter to his spiritual adviser that “public humiliation” would follow revelations of his shattered marriage.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Suborned in the U.S.A.  —  Throughout the 2008 campaign, Barack Hussein Obama claimed it was a “smear” to refer to him as “Barack Hussein Obama.”  The candidate had initially rhapsodized over how his middle name, the name of the prophet Mohammed's grandson, would signal a new beginning in American relations with the Muslim world.
Washington Post:
Tough on Israel  —  Why President Obama's battle against Jewish settlements could prove self-defeating  —  ONE OF THE MORE striking results of the Obama administration's first six months is that only one country has worse relations with the United States than it did in January: Israel.
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 …
 
 
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