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2:15 PM ET, August 1, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GE's silencing of Olbermann and MSNBC's sleazy use of Richard Wolffe  —  (updated below)  —  The New York Times this morning has a remarkable story, and incredibly, the article's author, Brian Stelter, doesn't even acknowledge, let alone examine, what makes the story so significant.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV 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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Liberals will get single-payer vote on House floor  —  Seeking to dampen liberal anger about deals cut with centrists, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said House leaders have agreed to allow a floor vote on a government-run, single-payer system.
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David Shalleck-Klein / The Hill:
House panel approves healthcare reform bill  —  The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday night approved the Democrats' healthcare reform bill, setting up a floor vote this fall.  —  The passage of the legislation came after days of intense negotiations between Energy …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SINGLE PAYER WILL GET A FLOOR VOTE.... It's not going to pass …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Corrente
Washington Post:
House Committee Approves Health-Care Package
Discussion: msnbc.com and Ezra Klein
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Obama's revealing body language (updated and expanded))  —  This picture truly is worth at least a thousand words.  —  I am stunned that the official White House Blog published this picture and that it is in the public domain.  The body language is most revealing.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BEN NELSON DOESN'T CARE FOR CRITICISM.... A couple of weeks ago, Sen. Ben Nelson (D) of Nebraska and a handful of centrist and center-right allies insisted that the Senate not vote on health care reform before the chamber's August recess.  Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee …
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The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson On Ads Run Against Him: They Could Kill Health Care Reform
Discussion: Firedoglake
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Pulling No Punches  —  The maverick on Obamanomics, Sarah Palin, and the media.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  John McCain is red in the face and hopping mad.  I'm sitting in his office in the Senate Russell Office Building, and he's just rushed in after delivering a speech on the Senate floor …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Life Expectancy Facts  —  Bicycles in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (my photo, available under creative commons license)  —  Via Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution commenter Adam comments: … The hypothesis that the health policy is not driving the difference is something we should seriously entertain.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Pledge to Tax Only the Rich Can't Pay for Everything, Analysts Say  —  WASHINGTON — Behind Democrats' struggle to pay the $1 trillion 10-year cost of President Obama's promise to overhaul the health care system is their collision with another of his well-known pledges …
CNN:
Suspect in gay sailor's death commits suicide  —  (CNN) — A sailor accused of killing another sailor was found dead in his cell in a southern California military jail, officials said Friday.  —  Petty Officer Jonathan Campos was found dead in the brig at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, a military statement said.
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Proposed Counseling for Seniors in Health Plan Spurs New Battle  —  Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as ‘Death Care’  —  A campaign on conservative talk radio, fueled by President Obama's calls to control exorbitant medical bills, has sparked fear among senior citizens …
David Segal / New York Times:
$100 Million Payday Poses Problem for Pay Czar  —  In a few weeks, the Treasury Department's czar of executive pay will have to answer this $100 million question: Should Andrew J. Hall get his bonus?  —  Mr. Hall, the 58-year-old head of Phibro, a small commodities trading firm in Westport …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Alabama Area Reeling in Face of Fiscal Crisis  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It is hardly unusual these days for a government building to forgo a fresh paint job or regular lawn care to cut costs.  But last week, the director of the Jefferson County public nursing home was told that the county could no longer afford to bury indigent patients.
Discussion: Don Surber and DownWithTyranny!
Leon Panetta / Washington Post:
Congress and the CIA: Time to Let Go of the Past, Move Forward  —  Last month, at a meeting overseas of intelligence service chiefs, one of my counterparts from a major Western ally pulled me aside.  Why, he asked, is Washington so consumed with what the CIA did in the past …
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF HE'S CONFUSED, STOP INVITING HIM ON.... House Republican …
Andrew Rice / The New Republic:
Doubt  —  A professor, a genocide, and NBC's quest for a prime-time hit.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
BBC:
Al-Qaeda ‘seek to infiltrate MI5’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Daniel Gross / Slate:
How government programs are saving insurance companies from disaster.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
John R. Ellement / Boston Globe:
Gates sends flowers to woman who called the police
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Bostonist
Laurel J. Sweet / Boston Herald:
Barack Obama's aunt at home in Southie digs
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Corazon Aquino, Leader of Philippines, Dies at 76
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Media Matters Running Ads Attacking Lou Dobbs' Birther Obsession — On CNN!
Andrea Fuller / New York Times:
House Approves Limits on Executive Pay
Discussion: Washington Post, SEIU and Bloomberg
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Looking At Race  —  DailyKos has an interesting poll …