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August 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

  • Senate health care talks focus in on expanding Medicaid (CQ).
  • New poll: 50% favor, 45% oppose Obama’s plan to reform health care (CNN).
  • Conservative protester hit up townhalls of congressmen from outside their district (D-Day).
  • Is health care exhausting the political will needed to pass climate change legislation? (Politico).
  • U.S. consumers spared big costs in climate bill (Reuters).
  • Markey demands info on coal group’s role in forged climate-bill letters (Grist).
  • Former Rep. Jefferson has officially been convicted in the cash-in-freezer case (CNN).
  • Salon’s handy-dandy guide to refuting the Birthers (Salon).
  • Sen. Feingold set to oppose further troop boost fro Afghanistan (Washington Independent).
  • Republican Sen. Kit Bond says he will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor (McClatchy).
  • Sen. Leahy puts a hold on (some) drug war money from Mexico (The Agonist).
  • Sens. Rockefeller (D) and Hutchison ( R) place a hold on Obama’s nominee for the Surface Transportation Board (Roll Call).
  • Nice review from the National Journal’s “Under the Influence” blog of the OpenCongress redesign and new features (Under the Influence).
  • Apparently, the Senate hates young people, tress and computers (Sunlight Foundation).
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