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11:35 AM ET, August 1, 2009

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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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GE's silencing of Olbermann and MSNBC's sleazy use of Richard Wolffe  —  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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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.
Washington Post:
House Committee Approves Health-Care Package
Discussion: msnbc.com and Ezra Klein
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Waxman Strong-arms Vote to Allow Abortion Coverage in Public 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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson On Ads Run Against Him: They Could Kill Health Care Reform  —  Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) lashed out Friday at the ads being run against his position on health care reform in his home state, saying they would backfire — and might even derail the entire reform process.
Discussion: The Caucus and Firedoglake
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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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
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!
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Lede:
Dealers Race to Get Their Clunkers Crushed  —  The White House and Congress may be giving the “cash for clunkers” program a reprieve, but one can't help wondering how many dealers and customers will have the confidence to go forward at this point.  Things sound like a total mess in the showrooms.
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Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Cash-For-Clunkers Goes Haywire
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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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.
BBC:
Al-Qaeda ‘seek to infiltrate MI5’  —  Patrick Mercer: “I don't think we should be surprised”  —  A senior Tory MP has asked the home secretary whether al-Qaeda sympathisers were mistakenly recruited by MI5.  —  Patrick Mercer, chairman of the Home Affairs counter-terror sub-committee …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Daniel Gross / Slate:
How government programs are saving insurance companies from disaster.  —  “The truth is, we have a system today that works well for the insurance industry, but it doesn't always work well for you,” President Barack Obama said recently, making his case for health care reform.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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 …
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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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Giuliani Hopes For No Health Care Reform, Says Those Making '$250k …
 
 
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John R. Ellement / Boston Globe:
Gates sends flowers to woman who called the police
Discussion: Bostonist
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Corazon Aquino, Leader of Philippines, Dies at 76
Andrea Fuller / New York Times:
House Approves Limits on Executive Pay
Discussion: Washington Post, SEIU and Bloomberg
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
A ‘Common Sense’ American Health Reform Plan
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mike Stark Asks Michele Bachmann About Birthers
Discussion: Pam's House Blend