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7:40 AM ET, August 1, 2009


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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 …
Megan Garber / CJR:
The Washington Post's Priorities, Beer Goggles Edition  —  By my count, the people mocked in the latest episode of “Mouthpiece Theater”—the Washington Post Web series starring Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza, in which the pair, billing themselves as “two of the biggest maws in Washington” …
Peter Daou / ConsiderThisNews:
Washington Post's Milbank Says Hillary Clinton Should Drink “Mad Bitch” Beer  —  This is the kind of garbage that has permeated media coverage of Hillary Clinton for years.  Relevant segment at about 2:35.  (h/t Brian Beutler).
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 …
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 …
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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Waxman Strong-arms Vote to Allow Abortion Coverage in Public Plan
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.
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Cash-For-Clunkers Goes Haywire
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.
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.
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
NAACP-Forgery Group, Bonner & Associates, Has A Decades-Long History Of Astroturf Tactics  —  A DC-based consulting firm has been exposed for forging letters in opposition to the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  The letters, replete with letterhead and made-up identities …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Shakesville
Charlottesville Daily Progress / Daily Progress:
Forged letters to congressman anger local groups
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.
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
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.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Giuliani Hopes For No Health Care Reform, Says Those Making '$250k …
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
John R. Ellement / Boston Globe:
Gates sends flowers to woman who called the police  —  Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has sent a bouquet of flowers and a note to the woman whose 911 call led to his arrest earlier this month.  —  Wendy Murphy, attorney and spokeswoman for Lucia Whalen, said today that Gates had sent …
Discussion: Bostonist
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
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Corazon Aquino, Leader of Philippines, Dies at 76  —  Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines, who was swept into office on a wave of “people power” in 1986 and then faced down half a dozen coup attempts in six years as president, died Saturday in Manila, her son said.  She was 76.
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Rep. Taylor calls anti-tax group ‘scum’  —  Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) has called Grover Norquist's anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform “lying sacks of scum” for lumping him in with other moderate Democrats who support the House health reform bill.  —  “Americans for Tax Reform …
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.
Laurel J. Sweet / Boston Herald:
Barack Obama's aunt at home in Southie digs  —  With her deportation hearing still six months away, the controversial Kenyan aunt of President Obama has quietly resurfaced in public housing in South Boston, the Herald has learned.  —  “Beggars can't be choosers,” Obama's “Auntie Zeituni” …
Andrea Fuller / New York Times:
House Approves Limits on Executive Pay  —  WASHINGTON — The House approved a measure Friday that would put new constraints on executive pay, capitalizing on outrage over multimillion-dollar bonuses to Wall Street executives whose firms were bailed out by taxpayers.
Discussion: Washington Post, SEIU and Bloomberg
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: TBogg and Right Wing News
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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 …
Sam Dagher / New York Times:
Bombs Outside Mosques in Baghdad Kill at Least 29
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
A Confluence of Public Mood and Personal Appeal
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Obama aides clash over Sudan policy
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Jay Rockefeller explains the fallacy of Conrad's “co-ops” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Ax gets it from all sides
Discussion: The Page
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mike Stark Asks Michele Bachmann About Birthers
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
The New Republic:
Who Leaked Robert Wexler's Social Security Number?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Probe finds new clues in AmeriCorps IG scandal