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Senate Blocks F-22 Funding Wall Street Journal | Health care effort may still be uncertain, but Obama scores a decisive win here.
Pelosi to Caucus: We Are On Track for Health Care Vote Roll Call | Energy and Commerce postpones markup, but Speaker reassures that all is well.
FBI Getting Closer To Murtha? TPMMuckraker | More guilty pleas related to defense earmarks provided by Murtha.
Fed Chief Says Pace of Decline Seems to Have Slowed New York Times | Somehow, this qualifies as cheerful news.
Assassination: A Brief History Foreign Policy | Interesting that targeted assassinations provoke controversy in a way that, say, mass bombings don't.
Democrats May Limit Tax Increases for Health Care Plan New York Times | Ruling out these tax hikes may guarantee a much smaller, less ambitious reform package.
Budget Accord Reached Los Angeles Times | This should mean no federal bailout will be necessary for California. Not this year, anyway.
Poll: Public Losing Trust in President Obama Politico | Public increasingly skeptical of Democrats, but even more so of Republicans.
GOP Targets Backers of Climate Bill Wall Street Journal | This is why some House Democrats were wary of having to vote on this bill without assurances that the Senate will, too.
Rumors of the Demise of ObamaCare Have Been Greatly Exaggerated FiveThirtyEight | Nate Silver says it's still entirely reasonable to believe health care will pass this year.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 21, 2009; 3:27 PM ET
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