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7:45 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%.
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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 …
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 …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Milbank jokes that Hillary Clinton should drink ‘mad bitch’ beer.  —  Washington Post reporters Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza regularly do a political commentary video series called “Mouthpiece Theater.”  In the newest segment, Milbank and Cillizza discuss President Obama's “beer diplomacy …
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.
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ryanpowers.net:
Getting What They Paid For: The Health Insurance Industry and the Blue Dogs
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Industry Is Generous To Influential Bloc
New York Times:
House Panel Reaches Deal on Health-Care Bill
Discussion: Angry Bear
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Liberal Dems have 57 votes against Blue Dog plan
Discussion: Hot Air and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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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.
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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.
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Fox News:
About This Video
Discussion: Raw Story, GOP 12 and NY Daily News
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Giuliani Hopes For No Health Care Reform, Says Those Making '$250k …
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.
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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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Probe finds new clues in AmeriCorps IG scandal  —  After seven weeks of trying, investigators looking into President Barack Obama's abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin are still unable to answer the most basic question of the whole affair: Why did the president do it?
Discussion: Riehl World View
CNN:
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.
 
 
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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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Jay Rockefeller explains the fallacy of Conrad's “co-ops” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Ax gets it from all sides
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mike Stark Asks Michele Bachmann About Birthers
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Bill Maher / Los Angeles Times:
‘Birthers’ must be stopped
Discussion: Boing Boing
The New Republic:
Who Leaked Robert Wexler's Social Security Number?
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Tempers flare at RNC meeting
Discussion: msnbc.com and Riehl World View