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4:55 PM ET, August 1, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud
Alaska Report News:
Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce  —  Affairs on both sides  —  AlaskaReport has learned this morning that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce.  Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage have confirmed the news.  —  A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs …
Gryphen / The Immoral Minority:
Exclusive!  Sarah and Todd Palin are Splitsville!  —  Earlier this week one of my best sources claimed to have explosive new information for me.  —  It took all week for us to finally get together, but last night we finally sat down for an amazing conversation.  And what I heard made my jaw drop.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SINGLE PAYER WILL GET A FLOOR VOTE.... It's not going to pass …
Discussion: Corrente and CANNONFIRE
Washington Post:
House Committee Approves Health-Care Package
Discussion: 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:
IF HE'S CONFUSED, STOP INVITING HIM ON.... House Republican Caucus Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana is one of the leading right-wing critics of health care reform, and he appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday to chat about the issue with Andrea Mitchell.  He argued that the Democrats' “government-run plan” …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson On Ads Run Against Him: They Could Kill Health Care Reform
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Elliott Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Why Israel Is Nervous  —  Tension is escalating between the U.S and Israel.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Jennifer Rubin / Weekly Standard:
Eric Holder's Justice Department
Discussion: Power Line and Pundit & Pundette
David Segal / New York Times:
$100 Million Payday Poses Problem for Pay Czar
Andrew Rice / The New Republic:
Doubt  —  A professor, a genocide, and NBC's quest for a prime-time hit.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Al-Qaeda ‘seek to infiltrate MI5’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Daniel Gross / Slate:
How government programs are saving insurance companies from disaster.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Pulling No Punches  —  The maverick on Obamanomics, Sarah Palin, and the media.
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Media Matters Running Ads Attacking Lou Dobbs' Birther Obsession — On CNN!