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3:20 PM ET, July 31, 2009


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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Poll: 28% of Republicans don't believe Obama was born in U.S.  —  A new Research 2000 poll, sponsored by the site DailyKos, finds broad traction among Republican voters for the belief that President Obama was not born in the United States.  —  The survey of American adults asked …
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.
The Note:
Deadlines, Schmeadlines — No Breakthroughs, No Deals, No Health Care Bill
Saaret /
‘An Accident of Time and Place’  —  Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his meeting with Sgt. Crowley at the White House.  —  “...I thank God that I live in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I've come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf.”
Elizabeth Gates / Blogs and Stories:
What I Saw at the Beer Summit
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
NATIONAL INCOME AND PRODUCT ACCOUNTS  —  GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: SECOND QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE ESTIMATE)  —  COMPREHENSIVE REVISION: 1929 THROUGH FIRST QUARTER 2009  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
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 …
Jack Healy / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Shrank Less Than Expected in Quarter
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Town halls gone wild  —  Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:   Town halls gone wild
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
‘Cash for Clunkers’ Runs Out of Gas  —  White House officials and lawmakers were studying late Thursday how to keep alive the government's cash-for-clunkers incentive program because of concerns the program's $1 billion budget may have been exhausted after just one week.
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.
Fox News:
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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 …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Tempers flare at RNC meeting  —  SAN DIEGO — Old grudges die hard, and at the Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting this week, some wounds from this year's contentious election for chairman are being reopened.  —  Jim Greer, chairman of the Florida Republican Party and a key ally …
Discussion: Riehl World View and
Do quick tweets sink ships?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Mark Kirk, a Republican who represents the northern suburbs of Chicago and is running for Senate, also happens to be a Navy Reservist.  While on service in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon, he recently ‘tweeted,’ causing the Military to look into the situation.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, U.S. May Shift Strategy  —  Request for Big Boost in Afghan Troops Could Also Require More Americans  —  The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is preparing a new strategy that calls for major changes in the way U.S. and other NATO troops there operate, a vast increase …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Dem memo plots message war on insurers  —  House Democratic leaders have developed a coordinated strategy for attacking insurance companies to ward off attacks from opponents of their health care overhaul during the August break, according to a strategy memo obtained by The Hill.  —  “Our message is simple.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Seniors Most Skeptical of Healthcare Reform  —  More seniors think reform law would be harmful, not beneficial, to them  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seniors are the least likely of all age groups in the U.S. to say that healthcare reform will benefit their personal healthcare situation.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Realities  —  At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.”  The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare is already a government program — but the voter, Mr. Inglis said, “wasn't having any of it.”
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama Will Settle for Less on Health Care  —  Yesterday, Barack Obama was God.  Today, he's fallen from grace, the magic gone, his health-care reform dead.  If you believed the first idiocy — and half the mainstream media did — you'll believe the second.  Don't believe either.
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Living in Tents, and by the Rules, Under a Bridge  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I.  —  The chief emerges from his tent to face the leaden morning light.  It had been a rare, rough night in his homeless Brigadoon: a boozy brawl, the wielding of a knife taped to a stick.
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