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9:30 PM ET, July 31, 2009


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
In Beer Summit “Spoof” Milbank Suggests Hillary Drink “Mad Bitch” Beer  —  If I were on the board of directors of the Kaplan test prep company, and discovered that the people running a money-losing Kaplan subsidiary affiliate (better known as the Washington Post) had greenlighted a feature called …
Megan Garber / CJR:
The Washington Post's Priorities, Beer Goggles Edition  —  By my count, the people mocked in the latest episode of “Mouthpiece Theater”—the Washington Post Web series starring Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza, in which the pair, billing themselves as “two of the biggest maws in Washington” …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER.... A new Research 2000 poll conducted for Daily Kos asked respondents a rather straightforward question: “Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America or not?”  Since the president was born in the U.S., ideally, the results would be around 100%.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
58 percent of GOP not sure/doubt Obama born in US  —  Shocker poll from Kos/Research2000 today.  —  A whopping 58 percent of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn't born in the US (28 percent) or aren't sure (30 percent).  A mere 42 percent think he was.
Kos / Daily Kos:
Birthers are mostly Republican and Southern
The Speakers Lobby:
McCain to filibuster “Cash for Clunkers” bill; Trouble for Reid with Dems, too  —  When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, tries to take up the House-passed “Cash for Clunkers” bill next week, he will hit a series of bipartisan road blocks.  —  Fox has learned that Sen. John McCain …
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Cash-For-Clunkers Goes Haywire
Charlottesville Daily Progress / Daily Progress:
Forged letters to congressman anger local groups  —  As U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello was considering how to vote on an important piece of climate change legislation in June, the freshman congressman's office received at least six letters from two Charlottesville-based minority organizations voicing opposition to the measure.
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
NAACP-Forgery Group, Bonner & Associates, Has A Decades-Long History Of Astroturf Tactics  —  A DC-based consulting firm has been exposed for forging letters in opposition to the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  The letters, replete with letterhead and made-up identities …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Shakesville
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Waxman gets deal on health bill  —  Liberal and conservative Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce panel struck a late-night deal Friday that will allow them to move a sweeping health care bill out of the committee after a two-week deadlock that put its fate in serious doubt.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rudy: ‘Shut Up’  —  Rudy Giuliani, who has returned as a leading Republican spokesman, condemned Obama's health care plan in an interview with Sean Hannity.  —  He also offered, in response to the president's hope that the Gates arrest would be a “teachable moment,” this:  —  “He's actually right.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Giuliani Hopes For No Health Care Reform, Says Those Making '$250k …
Fox News:
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Discussion: Raw Story, GOP 12 and NY Daily News
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’  —  This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Franken feuds with T. Boone Pickens  —  Five years after he put his money behind the Swift Boat ads that helped tank John Kerry's presidential campaign, Senate Democrats gave T. Boone Pickens a warm welcome at their weekly policy lunch Thursday.  —  Or at least most of them did.
Josh Bivens / Economic Policy Institute:
More than 500 days of recession  —  The Commerce Department reported today that gross domestic product (GDP) contracted at a 1% annual rate in the second quarter of 2009, following a 6.4% decline in the previous quarter.  GDP is the total market value of goods and services produced in the U.S. economy …
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Dodd Diagnosed With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer  —  U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.  —  Dodd is scheduled to undergo surgery during the Senate's August recess and said he expects to be back at work after a “brief recuperation” at home.
Elizabeth Gates / Blogs and Stories:
What I Saw at the Beer Summit  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast's Elizabeth Gates joined her father, Skip, Sgt. Crowley, and the president to raise a beer and bury the hatchet.  An inside report from the peace talks.  —  In a world in which the conversation on race has traditionally taken …
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Rep. Taylor calls anti-tax group ‘scum’  —  Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) has called Grover Norquist's anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform “lying sacks of scum” for lumping him in with other moderate Democrats who support the House health reform bill.  —  “Americans for Tax Reform …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Media Matters Running Ads Attacking Lou Dobbs' Birther Obsession — On CNN!  —  Okay, this is an intriguing new frontier in political media criticism.  Media Matters, which has been attacking CNN for not reining in Lou Dobbs' birther obsession, has now purchased air time to run a TV ad attacking …
Laurel J. Sweet / Boston Herald:
Barack Obama's aunt at home in Southie digs  —  With her deportation hearing still six months away, the controversial Kenyan aunt of President Obama has quietly resurfaced in public housing in South Boston, the Herald has learned.  —  “Beggars can't be choosers,” Obama's “Auntie Zeituni” …
John Hawkins / Pajamas Media:
Why Sarah Palin Fans Feel Betrayed  —  It's bad enough when she is mercilessly bashed from the left.  But it really stings when Republicans lay into her.  —  To be conservative is to be betrayed on a regular basis.  You send your kids to a school that tries to slyly indoctrinate them into liberalism …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Porn prosecution fuels debate  —  President Barack Obama's Justice Department has quietly agreed to move a pornography prosecution out of socially conservative Montana to more urbane New Jersey - fueling perceptions by some attorneys that the new administration is stepping back from the aggressive approach …
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Corazon Aquino, Ex-Leader of Philippines, Is Dead  —  Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines, who was swept into office on a wave of “people power” in 1986 and then faced down half a dozen coup attempts in six years as president, died Saturday in Manila.  She was 76.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Republicans Reveal Their Hypocrisy On Health Care, Refuse To Support Bill To Kill Government-Run Medicare  —  For months, Republicans have been trying to scare Americans away from supporting a public option in health care reform, claiming that “government-run” medicine is akin to socialism and would be disastrous.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Truce Reached in Cable News Feud  —  It was a media cage fight, televised every weeknight at 8 p.m. But the match was halted when the blood started to spray executives in the high-priced seats.  —  For years Keith Olbermann of MSNBC had savaged his prime-time nemesis Bill O'Reilly …
Discussion: Michael Calderone's Blog and Salon
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Andrea Fuller / New York Times:
House Approves Limits on Executive Pay
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and SEIU
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
A ‘Common Sense’ American Health Reform Plan
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Looking At Race  —  DailyKos has an interesting poll …
Sam Dagher / New York Times:
Bombs Outside Mosques in Baghdad Kill at Least 29
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Jay Rockefeller explains the fallacy of Conrad's “co-ops” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The New Republic:
A Tip of the Hat to Hillary
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mike Stark Asks Michele Bachmann About Birthers
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Michael Falcone / The Politico:
Alaskans divided on Palin after exit
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Tempers flare at RNC meeting
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