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5:40 PM ET, August 3, 2009


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Jennifer Senior / New York Magazine:
The Message Is the Message  —  Barack Obama's ubiquitous appearances as professor-in-chief, preacher-in-chief, father-in-chief, may turn out to be the most salient feature of his presidency.  —  Photo-illustration by James Porto  —  Since occupying the White House, Barack Obama …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The scope — and dangers — of GE's control of NBC and MSNBC  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  I want to return to the subject of GE's silencing of Keith Olbermann both because there are new facts I've obtained that shed light on what happened here and because this is one of the most blatant examples yet …
Native and Natural Born Citizenship Explored:
Third Obama birth certificate appears in court  —  Dr C reports that Orly has filed a motion claiming that she has discovered another Birth Certificate for President Obama, this one from the Republic of Kenya  —  Update: Ron Polarik calls Kenya BC a forgery  —  Update: Orly on Brian Copeland KGO AM 810
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sen. Enzi: No deadline for healthcare talks  —  One of the three Republican senators working on a bipartisan agreement on healthcare reform legislation flatly denied Monday the Democratic claims that negotiators had set a mid-September deadline to complete their work.
James Rowley / Bloomberg:   Schumer Threatens Democrats-Only Health-Care Measure
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Schumer hints at ‘reconciliation’ for health bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems look for healthcare unity in final week
Discussion: The Caucus and TPMDC
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Angry right harasses Rep. Lloyd Doggett with anti-health care chants.  (Updated)  —  Today, House members are back home to begin their month-long recess.  The far right has indicated that they plan to welcome many of their representatives with large, angry throngs ("town halls gone wild").
Austin American-Statesman:
Doggett finds hostile audience; baby sleeps through SWAT standoff
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Doggett says he's more resolved than ever to pass a health-care plan
Michelle Malkin:
Into the lion's den: My encounter with The View; Vid link added  —  Just finished up on The View, where I sparred with the ladies about Culture of Corruption.  —  You can watch a bit of it at RCP and I'm sure Hot Air will have highlights up soon.  —  Best part: Every single member of the audience got a copy of the book!
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Michelle makes new friend on “The View”
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Blue-State Blues  —  We know because he said so, in the first of many famous speeches, that Barack Obama doesn't see Red America or Blue America — he only sees the United States of America.  But as the president contemplates his faltering poll numbers and his stalling health-care push …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Political Party Affiliation: 30 States Blue, 4 Red in '09 So Far  —  PRINCETON, NJ — An analysis of Gallup Poll Daily tracking data from the first six months of 2009 finds Massachusetts to be the most Democratic state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia.
Juan Cole / Salon:
Sarah Palin, meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  You two right-wing populists have a surprising amount in common  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech in Mashhad, Iran, on Friday; Gov. Sarah Palin gives her resignation speech in Fairbanks, Alaska, on July 26.  —  Is Sarah Palin America's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
Wall Street Journal:
Cash From Clunkers  —  Let's have a $4,500 subsidy for everything.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Americans are streaming back into auto showrooms, and one reason is the “cash for clunkers” subsidy.  Democrats are naturally claiming this is a great success, while Republicans are claiming …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Iran Sanctions if Talks Are Rejected  —  The Obama administration is talking with allies and Congress about the possibility of imposing an extreme economic sanction against Iran if it fails to respond to President Obama's offer to negotiate on its nuclear program …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rewarding Bad Actors  —  Americans are angry at Wall Street, and rightly so.  First the financial industry plunged us into economic crisis, then it was bailed out at taxpayer expense.  And now, with the economy still deeply depressed, the industry is paying itself gigantic bonuses.
David Corn / Politics Daily:
Obama's Anger Problem?  —  If President Obama is mad, who's he so mad at?  —  Let me explain.  On Friday afternoon, at the daily White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs was explaining why his boss this week will be making his second trip as president to hard-hit Elkhart …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Hotline On Call:
McCain To Vote “No” On Sotomayor  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced today that he will vote against Sonia Sotomayor, Pres. Obama's nominee to become the first Hispanic SCOTUS justice.  —  McCain, in a Senate floor speech: … McCain voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Jane M. Von Bergen /
Temperatures rise at health-care meeting  —  If any political prognosticators wanted proof that President Obama faces a tough sell on his health plan, they merely needed to show up at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia yesterday.  —  A raucous standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 cheered …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Just 32% of Virginia Republicans Think Obama is a Citizen  —  Here's an advance look at a new Public Policy Polling survey in Virginia completed over the weekend: An astonishing 41% of the state's Republicans think President Obama was not born in the United States while just 32% think he was and 27% are still not sure.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Politico Only Knows Conservative Experts  —  Politico had the interesting idea of asking various DC policy experts to recommend books in their areas of expertise.  Unfortunately, it went off the rails.  Things start out okay on the Middle East where they ask one person from CAP (left) …
Discussion: The Politico and
Michael Yon:
Resurrection  —  The bugs are not bad in this part of Afghanistan.  The scorched terrain is biologically boring.  Mice and ferret-like creatures dash around in the evenings when sparrows and doves and a few other sorts of birds flutter through the cool air.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Daily Mail:
Three policewomen spend full day dressed in Muslim burkhas in controversial ‘In Your Shoes’ exercise  —  A police exercise which saw female officers spending a day dressed in full Muslim dress has been blasted ‘a complete waste of time’.  —  Two sergeants and a community support officer dressed …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Rasmussen Reports:
Confidence in U.S. Health Care System Has Grown in Recent Months  —  Forty-eight percent (48%) of U.S. voters now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% rate it as poor.
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The Note:
‘Top Line’ — Liberals Pressed on Public Option
Hideaki Tailor / Weekly World News:
Discussion: The Note and theblogprof
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Interview With AHIP's Karen Ignagni: We Won't Take Bait
Discussion: The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Shirts  —  When members of Congress hold ‘town hall’ meetings …
Discussion: TPMDC and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
With a Colleague's Book Due Out, Ex-Bushies Play Out the Ritual of Anxiety
Discussion: Think Progress
Why Was Biden There?  —  A racial parsing of the “beer summit.”
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Althouse
Tim Pawlenty / Washington Post:
States Set Example for Health-Care Reform
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Page
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
2 Obama officials: No guarantee taxes won't go up