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12:45 PM ET, August 4, 2009


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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
White House Counsel's Job Is at Stake  —  WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenure, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Mr. Craig, the top lawyer at the White House …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama vs. Drudge  —  The White House on Tuesday posted a three-minute video punching back at an old clip of President Barack Obama that was featured on the Drudge Report with the headline, “Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance.”
Macon Phillips / Blog:
Facts Are Stubborn Things  —  Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, “facts are stubborn things.”  —  Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example …
Noel Sheppard /
White House Attacks Drudge for Exposing Obama's Goal to Eliminate …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Macsmind and Swampland
Wall Street Journal:
Geithner Vents as Overhaul Stumbles  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner blasted top U.S. financial regulators in an expletive-laced critique last Friday as frustration grows over the Obama administration's faltering plan to overhaul U.S. financial regulation, according to people familiar with the meeting.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Geithner Bullies Financial Regulators to Accept Fed as Top Dog
Obama ‘Joker’ Poster Causing a Stir in L.A.  —  Obama “Joker” Poster  —  What do you think?  —  When you're taking flak... ÃÂyou know you're over the target,and the person who made this poster is shining the light of truth on the Obama administration.
Daily Mail:
Spoof poster of Obama's face painted as The Joker branded 'dangerous …
Michelle Malkin:
How quickly they forget
Why I doubt Kenyan birth document  —  I bet that got your attention.  —  For 24 hours, I have been deluged with e-mail - about 6,000 more than usual - that essentially fall into three categories:  — Thank you for getting the goods on Barack Obama - I knew he was born in Kenya.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Is This the Source of the Forged ‘Kenyan Birth Certificate?’  —  [Update: Credit where it's due—my source tipped me off to this in the Politijab web forums, which have become a good site for “birther” debunking.]  —  One of my friends in the small community of Obama “birther” …
Koyaan /
Kenyan Birth Certificate: PWNED!
Gateway Pundit:
Lib “Blue Dog” Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH) Booed, Mocked & Laughed At During Town Hall (Video)  —  Another Day— Another Blue Dog Mocked at Obamacare Town Hall  —  Representative Steve Driehaus (D-OH) held a town hall on health care reform.  While Driehaus campaigned as a fiscal conservative …
Health-care forum draws big crowd
New York Times:
Health Plan Opponents Make Voices Heard  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Arlen Specter and the health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, were heckled and booed in Philadelphia on Sunday.  —  In Austin on Saturday, a throng of protesters enveloped Representative Lloyd Doggett …
Pat Toomey /
Sotomayor: Qualified, mainstream  —  Judicial confirmation hearings weren't always ideological witch hunts.  —  When John Roberts and Samuel Alito were nominated to the Supreme Court, Republicans argued that they should be confirmed based on their impeccable qualifications and mainstream jurisprudence.
New York Post:
HONORING AN AMERICA-HATER  —  THE Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.  Past recipients include John Wayne, Norman Rockwell and Vaclav Havel.  This year, one of the 16 recipients President Obama selected (along with such worthies as Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late Jack Kemp) …
James Pethokoukis:
5 reasons why Obama will hike middle-class taxes  —  C'mon, how about some Walter Mondalesque candor from the Obama White House on taxes?  Yes, yes, it was 25 years ago this summer that the Democratic presidential candidate self-immolated on the issue at his party's convention in San Francisco.
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Fausta's Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Teeing Up the Middle Class
Discussion: New York Times and Commentary
New York Times:
Bill Clinton Meeting North Korea Leader, Media Reports  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Former President Bill Clinton met on Tuesday with Kim Jong-il, the reclusive and ailing leader of North Korea, while on a visit to negotiate the release of two imprisoned American television journalists, North Korean state media reported.
New York Times:
Bill Clinton in North Korea to Seek Release of U.S. Reporters
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
And for the Blue Team?  —  We spent most of Monday reporting on these tea-bagging crowds going to Democratic health care town hall meetings to shout down the hosts and shut the events down.  It's classic agitprop, very akin to the ‘Brooks Brothers riot’ down in Florida during the recount.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McDonnell leads by 14  —  Bob McDonnell has opened up a 51-37 lead over Creigh Deeds in the race to be Virginia's next Governor, up from a 49-43 advantage four weeks ago.  —  The movement in the race likely has more to do with national trends than anything actually going on in Virginia.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
PERSONAL INCOME AND OUTLAYS: JUNE 2009 REVISED ESTIMATES: 1929 THROUGH MAY 2009  —  Personal income decreased $159.8 billion, or 1.3 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $143.8 billion, or 1.3 percent, in June, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Gwen Ottinger / Washington Post:
When ‘Clunkers’ Are Greener  —  Want to be green?  Consider keeping your “clunker.”  —  The wildly popular “Cash for Clunkers” program is one of a number of policies funded by this year's stimulus package that encourage consumers to make major purchases in the name of the environment.
Rasmussen Reports:
54% Oppose More Money for ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program  —  Fifty-four percent (54%) of Americans oppose any further funding for the federal “cash for clunkers” program which encourages the owners of older cars to trade them in for newer, more fuel-efficient ones.
Press Releases from the Committee on Oversight …:
Issa to Emanuel: Back Off!  —  WASHINGTON.  D.C. - Following reports that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been orchestrating an effort to intimidate members of Congress and Governors who raise legitimate concerns regarding the effectiveness of the stimulus, House Committee …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Andy Xie: China Has Become A Giant Ponzi Scheme
Discussion: Free exchange and Economist's View
Kathleen Sebelius / Washington Post:
Health-Care Reform's Many Benefits Include Peace of Mind
Discussion: Reason and The Foundry
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
‘Lost’ Obama Interview Provides Portrait of Aspiring Politician
Discussion: The Swamp and Taegan Goddard's …
Mark Decambre / New York Post:
Discussion: Salon and Clusterstock
Mirta Ojito / New York Times:
Doctors in Cuba Start Over in the U.S.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dallas-Houston HSR  —  Via Steve Teles, Ed Glaeser …
Discussion: The RBC, Economix and Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Barbara F. Walter / Los Angeles Times:
Too soon to leave Iraq
Discussion: The Plank and
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
At Walter Reed, ‘The Healing Power of Death Metal’
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Wall Street Journal:
Why Revive the Cold War?
The Hill:
Left is miffed at Pelosi over her comment
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Long Island Tea Party!
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Deeds' Problem  —  We'll have the new Virginia Gubernatorial poll …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Blue Virginia
Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
Killer App for Clunkers Spurs Market
Discussion: Clusterstock
Weekly Standard:
And That's the Way It Wasn't
Discussion: The Moderate Voice