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5:50 PM ET, July 30, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
The Pour:
A Cold One at The White House
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 …
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
WaPo: Rove Spins His Role in US Attorney Firings
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
The Hill:
Pelosi lashes out at private health insurance ‘villains’
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi slams insurers as “immoral” villains
Discussion: The Note and Raw Story
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   Pelosi Calls Insurance Companies ‘Immoral,’ ‘Carpet-Bombing’ ‘Villains’
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 …
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 …
‘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.”
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Justin Barrett Kills Two Jobs with One Stone  —  Justin Barrett, a 36-year-old soon-to-be-former Boston cop and Massachussetts Army National Guard captain, is making the headlines with a letter he circulated describing, a bit too enthusiastically, his views on a Boston Globe column on the Henry Louis Gates incident.
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 …
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
Ezra Klein:
Obama Speaks About Speaking
Karen Tumulty / Time:   TIME's Exclusive Interview with President Obama
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Roy Blunt on the Birthers: Unedited  —  Yesterday, Mike Stark released his “Birthers on the Hill, Part II” video.  Blunt's office responded by demanding the release of the entire unedited video.  We are happy to comply with the request.  —  Mike talked with Blunt on two days.
Discussion: The Plum Line, TPMDC and Salon
Tulsa World:
The ‘birthers’
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Roy Blunt's Spokesman Declines To Say Whether Blunt Thinks Obama …
Noel Sheppard /
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
Heeb HQ RSS:
That Oven Feelin'  —  Roseanne Barr Turns Up The Heat
Discussion: Gawker
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Exclusive: Earmark critic steered cash to blimp research  —  Rep. Pete Sessions — the chief of the Republicans' campaign arm in the House — says on his website that earmarks have become “a symbol of a broken Washington to the American people.”  —  Yet in 2008, Sessions himself steered …
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) …
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.
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 …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Why is MSNBC Allowing Matthews to Repeat “Deathers” Rhetoric as Maddow Debunks Him on the Same Day? … Why is Chris Matthews carrying water for the “deathers” — as Rachel Maddow aptly called them on her show — and conflating end of life counseling with abortion, and something to fear …
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
Andrew Travers /
Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news  —  Login or register to post comments  —  Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
THE SENATE AND ITS ROUND NUMBERS.  —  Shot: … Chaser: … Yes, the big round number theory of legislating continues to have many supporters, if not any intellectual credibility.  There was no policy justification for cutting $100 billion from the stimulus package (indeed …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Wonk Room and Eduwonk
Wall Street Journal:
Debra Burlingame: Revenge of the ‘Shoe Bomber’  —  The terrorist sues to resume his jihad from prison.  The Obama administration caves in.  —  Multimedia  — previous  — next  —  Health Care Reform  —  President Obama's effort to overhaul the health-care system may have momentum.
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Umair Haque:
The Nichepaper and the Failure of the Fourth Estate
Discussion: Politics Daily and NewsFuturist
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on 2003 Doping List
Tina Dupuy / The Huffington Post:
Firefighting in the 1800's: A Corrupt, Bloated, Private For-Profit Industry
Discussion: Idaho Statesman and NOW! Blog
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Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Giuliani vs. NY GOP (Again)
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Self-Hating Jews and Other Sad Cases
Discussion: Israel Matzav and ATTACKERMAN
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
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